When my oldest child was four years old, a relative objected to our future homeschooling plans: What about college? I wanted to say, “What about it? The kid’s four years old!” Homeschooling your child in first grade does not mean that you are committed to homeschooling through high school. It’s okay to take it one year at a time.
But, the short answer is: yes, kids who are homeschooled can attend college. Many colleges actively recruit homeschoolers because they have such a superior education.
If you make it all the way to junior high, make sure that you are able to write a good transcript. Books are available to walk you through this process if you want guidance with preparing a transcript.
With careful planning, high school students in Washington can participate in the Running Start program, in which the state pays tuition for high school juniors and seniors attending college.
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1/24/14 – a short update
The above-mentioned 4-year-old is now 20 and a college sophomore. He scored well enough on his SAT that the college gave him an $11,000 scholarship, renewable annually as long as he keeps his grades up. To date, he has a 4.0 gpa. His professors liked his work well enough that he was hired as a research assistant over the summer. They also sent him information about an additional $1500 outside scholarship for which they recommended he apply. He received that extra scholarship fall semester, and we just heard that it was renewed for the spring semester.
Our second child is a college freshman. She received a $12,000 scholarship based on her SAT scores. She, too, has earned a 4.0 gpa.
Moral: Yes, homeschooled students can get into college. They are more than capable of handling the course load. They can even earn scholarships.