- https://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/common-core-state-standards-initiative – If you are using Common Core-aligned curriculum, you need to know where it lacks because you will need to supplement. For example, my student will need far more math and science than CC requires.
- https://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com/?s=CLEP+test – CLEP testing
- http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/hsgrtable.asp – Courses required for graduation and university admission
- http://www.ucop.edu/doorways – University of California’s Doorways
- https://secure.californiacolleges.edu/admissions/california-state-university-csu/freshman-admission-requirements.asp – Freshman Admission Requirements
- http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000019.asp – overview on preparing for college
- http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/students-parents/resources/Pages/NCFContributors.aspx – college admission counseling
- http://www.totaltranscriptsolution.com – How to convert four years of independent homeschooling into high school transcripts.
- http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-freebies.php – FREE Webinar! Homeschool Records that Open Doors!
- https://www.classicalconversations.com/easyblog/what-every-college-should-know-about-homeschoolers – March 13, 2013 – What every college should know about homeschooler
- http://www.collegewithouthighschool.com – “College Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College by Blake Boles was published in 2009. This book points out alternatives for highly motivated high school students who want to design their own education.”
- http://www.facebook.com/college.without.highschool – There are lots of useful links here.
- http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm – Bureau of Labor Statistics
- http://strengths.gallup.com/110440/About-StrengthsFinder-20.aspx – Strengths Finder is used to help people uncover their talents.
- College knowledge: what it really takes for students to succeed and what we can do to get them ready by David T. Conley  – available at our library
- http://www.hemetpubliclibrary.org – “We are proud to announce Tuition Funding Sources (“TFS”) a private website where high school and college students are matched with scholarships and grants. The scholarship matching service is provided to students free of charge.”
- http://www.meetup.com/scholarshipclub – Learn how to win scholarships
- http://www.hslda.org/highschool – HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter–Financing Future Education
- https://www.scholarshare.com/index.shtml – Everything you need to learn about opening and managing your ScholarShare College Savings Plan is located right here.
- http://www.fastweb.com, http://www.studentaid.ed.gov – College/Financial Aid Research & Information
- http://www.californiacolleges.edu – College Planning & Financial Aid Info Specifically for Public & Private Colleges in California
- http://www.fafsa.ed.gov – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2012/12/10/20-colleges-providing-free-tuition – Where academic excellence and low income is rewarded!
- http://www.awanaconnections.org/#/scholarships/about – Colleges that reward financial scholarships to AWANA award recipients.
Dual Enrollment saves time and money. MSJC offers Dual Enrollment as early as the second semester of 9th grade. The following are resources for Dual Enrollment. I included specific information for engineer-minded students since that is my child’s area of interest.
- http://www.msjc.edu/StudentServices/Outreach/Pages/Concurrent-High-School-Enrollment.aspx – Concurrent High School Enrollment
- http://www.msjc.edu/StudentServices/Counseling/Documents/Roadmaps/UCSD/Mechanical%20Engineering.%20UCSD.%20monique%20greene.pdf – Mechanical Engineering
- http://www.msjc.edu/StudentServices/Counseling/Documents/Roadmaps/UCSD/Computer%20Engineering.%20UCSD.%20monique%20greene.pdf- Computer Engineering
- http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/05/03/south-florida-teen-gets-high-school-college-diploma – Read this for inspiration.
COLLEGE PLANNING RESOURCES
- http://www.meetup.com/OC-College-Financial-Support/events/44482942 –
- http://www.csumentor.edu – California State University Admissions & Application Information including the CSU On-Line Application (Available 10/1 – 11/30)
- http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions – University of California Admissions & Application Information including the UC On-Line Application (Available 10/1 – 11/30)
- http://www.commonapp.org – Private School Applications
- http://www.ncaa.org – College Planning/Admissions Information for Student-Athletes
- http://www.assist.org – Assistance with Choosing a Major
- http://www.wiche.edu/sep/wue – Western Undergraduate Exchange
- http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2012/06/24/25-colleges-homeschool-graduates – The 25 Best Colleges for Homeschool Graduates
- http://www.alexchediak.com/books/thriving_at_college – Thriving at College by Alex Chediak
- Paying for College without Going Broke by Kalman Chany – This book comes highly recommend by friends. Fortunately, it is also available at the library.
FREE ONLINE UNIVERSITY CLASSES
There are many FREE classes offered by online universities. Studying in a free online class can help equip a student to CLEP out of attending a fee-based class. To CLEP out of a class is to get credit for a class by passing its final exam with taking the class. To save money, a student should CLEP out of as many classes as possible.
FREE online classes are also an opportunity for additional instruction in case your instructor or textbook are not making sense to you. For example, in some of my college classes, I received an “A” IN SPITE OF my instructor and textbook. I did this by using the class syllabus and the textbook’s table of contents as a check list for my own research. This skill helped me maintain a 4.0 and has been useful long after college. The better you are at doing your own research, the better equipped you are for lifelong learning.
For a list of FREE online university classes, visit ALL SUBJECTS filed under LEARNING LINKS.
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Five years from now on the Web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures
in the world. It will be better than any single university.
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft