The fly in the ointment of no diploma being requiredÂ for some who want to enter collegeÂ is whether aid funding will be granted.
- The New York Times, New York, New York, 30 May 2006, Can’t Complete High School? Go Right to CollegeÂ Â Â Â
There are nearly 400,000 students [without diplomas] like Ms. Pointer nationwide, accounting for 2 percent of all college students, 3 percent at community colleges and 4 percent at commercial, or profit-making, colleges, according to a survey by the United States Education Department in 2003-4.
In the late 1980’s and early 90’s, federal investigators found many commercial colleges effectively sweeping unqualified students, many without high school credentials, from the streets into their classrooms to collect their financial aid. The students then dropped out and defaulted on their government loans.
To prevent that, the government now requires that before students lacking high school credentials can qualify for financial aid, they have to pass a test approved by the federal Department of Education to show they have the “ability to benefit” from higher education.
The article’s focus is on New York state, and California, but the trend could be spreading.Â Critics may point out that the colleges in question aren’t the fast-track Ivy League schoolsÂ and their close followers, but others may point out that a diploma is a diploma.Â This leads into the problem concerning jobs for which a high school diploma used to be adequate, but now the employers of people in those jobs require a college diploma.
For homeschoolers, though, the problem of the authenticity of parent-granted diplomas may slowly fade.