I’ve heard a few non-homeschoolers doubt that homeschoolers can get prepared for college. They wonder if their parents have the chops and connections to assist their high school age children. Besides knowing a ton of homeschooled-to-college kids who disprove their presumption, I’ve also been fortunate to see the valuable opportunities homeschoolers provide for one another. One such opportunity is coming up– the VaHomeschoolers Seminar on Homeschooling and College Entrance, to be held Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond.
In addition to editing for Home Education Magazine, I edit VaHomeschoolers Voice, so I’m fortunate to know and work with the wonderful volunteer who’s organizing this seminar. Leslie Nathaniel, seminar coordinator, is making sure homeschoolers can get all the information needed to plan a successful high school experience and negotiate the college admissions process.
Leslie has set up a variety of sessions, including:
• Homeschooling the High School Years
• Transcripts without Tears
• College Admissions Q & A
• Investigating Opportunities for Financial Aid
• Community College Education for Homeschoolers.
The seminar will feature the wisdom of experienced homeschool parents as well as up-to-date admissions information and advice from college representatives. College reps will attend from University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Shenandoah University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Community College System.
The assistant director for financial aid for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will also be on hand to provide information about financial aid.
Two of my three sons are currently in college, having been homeschooled since second and fourth grades. I look forward to participating in the seminar, and I’m sure hoping to pick up some financial aid tips!
I’ve heard that space for the seminar is limited, so if you want to go, I urge you to register now.