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Homeschooling in NY State - part four - Can homeschooled children attend college?

So, if you've been following my series about homeschooling in NY state, I hope I've addressed any concerns that you may have had so far. This particular post addresses if children who are homeschooled can attend college. It is a valid concern and one that I had myself. The answer is a resounding YES.

New York is not really friendly towards homeschoolers, but many colleges still accept homeschoolers and in fact like recruiting homeschoolers. According to this study, homeschooled children graduate college at a higher percentage and with higher grade point averages than their traditionally schooled counterparts: For a mom like me, that is music to my ears.

Federal financial aid has a different guidelines than NY state financial aid, but all concerns can be addressed here: This tells us that New York state for the most part won't recognize a homeschooled student as having graduated without one of several conditions:
1. Getting the GED, will qualify a homeschooled student with state financial aid.
2. Having a letter of approval for "substantial equivalency" from the superintendent of the local school district that approves your letter of intent, IHIP, and quarterly reports.
3. Graduates an accredited correspondence program for high school in another state providing that NY state approves it.

The option that my children and I are thinking of is to have them take the GED when they are ready. Olivia, my little overachiever is already considering taking the exam when she is 16 so she can enter college without having to complete 4 years of high school. She will of course still take the SAT exams in order to enter college and if she enters any NYC CUNY colleges or SUNY state colleges, they'll have her take the ACT exams to determine if she should receive merit aid. Merit aid is due to grades and scores on these exams. Alexander thinks he will take the GED and then attend culinary arts school.

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For more about the regulations of homeschooling in NY: read here -

10 celebrities who were homeschooled:

I am writing this series as a homeschooling parent.
I don't receive any compensation for any links I've shared or any recommendations that I've made.

Part one of my series can be found here:

Part two of my series can be found here:

Part three of my series can be found here:

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MsTina wrote on January 2, 2015, 5:23 AM

I live in Ohio and we have the option of online charter schools. I used one for a few years with my son and my daughter started kindergarten a year before traditional schools would let her in. It isn't exactly homeschooling but the curricula is a lot more flexible, especially for high school aged children.

acrogodess914 wrote on January 2, 2015, 5:43 AM

You are lucky to have that option. NY is not a very homeschooling friendly state, but we will work around it as my son starts 9th grade next year.

ViperGirl85 wrote on February 15, 2015, 10:18 PM

I'm glad they accept home schoolers. I don't think it would be fair to not accept them, in my opinion.