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Maura in NY

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  1. DS got the same letter, made the same call, got the same confirmation that it does not affect his scholarship because it is merit based. I'm wondering if it's the same school... I drafted up a letter to the school because I'm so annoyed by this, even though it is unlikely to impact him. Not sure if I'm going to send it--I'll have to tone it down a bit first... What is particularly pernicious is that the letter he received said that FEDERAL financial aid would be unavailable to students who go either the superintendent's letter or the 5-Regents route, unless they took the TASC. As far as I know, this is completely untrue, unless there has been some dramatic and secretive change that no one's heard anything about. (Oh, and this exam is over 7 hours long, BTW.) Here's my rant as it stands right now (that's as far as I got before I was too spittin' mad to continue.) ​ Hi Deborah, My son Brody received a letter from Alfred today concerning financial aid eligibility for homeschoolers in New York State. While I was able to verify with Admissions that this will not impact Brody's Excellence in Education Scholarship because ​it is merit aid, not financial aid, I would still like to clarify the reason for the change. As an experienced homeschooler, I am often asked for advice by other homeschooling families, and I want to be sure I give them correct information. On the New York State ​Higher Education ​Services​ website, it is explicitly stated that​: ​"​A home-schooled student is eligible for state aid if they have a letter from the District Superintendent, or the student can take and pass an approved ATB test or the TASC test.​" ​ Reference: I understand that it's possible this information has changed and the website has not been updated, and to be honest, I have never researched this too deeply because my sons would not qualify for New York State TAP or other programs.. If this is the case, and there has been some change to the official position of the the New York State Education Department, I would appreciate it if you could direct me to the appropriate materials so that I can share them with other homeschooling families who are working to make the best educational and financial decisions for their students. In terms of federal financial aid, unless there has been a change since April of last year, the information provided in the letter is incorrect, and if so, is a considerable disservice to families. Federal requirements for student eligibility for financial aid are spelled out clearly in Title 20 Education §1092 (d), and clarified in Volume 1, Chapter 1 of the 2015-16 FSA Handbook: On page 4 of this document, it states that a student is eligible to receive Federal Student Aid if the student: • has completed homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law; or • has completed secondary school education in a homeschool setting which qualifies for an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law, if state law does not require a homeschooled student to receive a credential for their education. A student may self-certify on the FAFSA that he has received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate or that he has completed secondary school through homeschooling as defined by state law. This same information is available on the federal government's financial aid website:​ and in this letter from the United States Department of Education: ​ (available on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals section of the US Dept. of Ed website) ​I know that not every homeschooler has a list of test scores to support their academic background, and colleges like Alfred can and should use whatever criteria they deem necessary to ascertain whether a student is a good fit for their school. But when it comes to providing information about financial aid, the federal government does not require "proof" of homeschooling beyond parental certification. Unless something has changed in the last twelve months, neither the "5 Regents" option nor the Superintedent's Letter option disqualify a student from receiving financial aid. Homeschool students are not the same as high school dropouts, and the federal government recognizes this difference--and as far as I can tell, so does New York. ​

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