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  1. Do you have suggestions as to how to find out how much of a college's budget is tuition? I tried to look it up for a college of interest but couldn't find it easily.
  2. I would run their Net Price Calculators to get an idea of whether their financial aid would be in the range of what you would need.
  3. I love this. I was trying to put my finger on how I feel about my DD who is a college freshman, and this is it.
  4. Christian colleges in Texas besides ACU that give full tuition (but not full ride) for National Merit Finalists are Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Lubbock Christian University.
  5. A couple Christian colleges that give full rides (tuition, fees, room, and board) for National Merit are Oklahoma Christian University and Harding University (Arkansas).
  6. Corraleno is right, and unfortunately strategy #1 would only maintain eligibility for the smaller scholarships that the National Merit Corporation itself gives out. Most, if not all of the large scholarships given by certain colleges to National Merit Finalists are limited to entering freshmen only. Strategy #2 would eliminate both types of National Merit Scholarships, but would keep options open for other freshman scholarships as long as they don't require a student to begin college the fall after graduation (and I have seen a few that do require this). "Students who plan to leave high school a year (or more) early to enroll in college full time usually can participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program if they take the PSAT/NMSQT before they enroll in college. Such students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in either the next-to-last year or the last year they are enrolled in high school. Those who take the PSAT/NMSQT in the next-to-last year of high school will be entering the competition for awards to be offered as they are finishing their final high school year. Those who take the PSAT/NMSQT in their last year of high school will be entering the competition for awards to be offered as they are completing their first year of college." Edited to add: It occurred to me that the student would need to be enrolled in college this fall, i.e. right now, in order to maintain National Merit eligibility with strategy #1. So it may be too late for that--it doesn't sound like enrolling in college in the spring semester would count for NM eligibility.
  7. Ok, here's an Inside Higher Ed article that has a link to the PDF I tried to link earlier: I, too, am wondering what they're going to do with homeschooled students as far as the "school score" goes.
  8. It's not really being dropped--just changed. There will now be two scores on a scale of 1-100, one for the neighborhood and one for the high school, and the scores will be visible to the student.
  9. At the college my dd is starting at next week, there is a difference between how they treat dual credits and AP/CLEP exam credits. Dual credits are automatically transferred when they enroll, whereas they have to "accept" the exam credits, and can choose not to accept some. We learned at her college orientation this summer that her financial aid eligibility would only be good for credits up to 134% of her degree plan. Her degree plan is 120 credits, so she wouldn't be eligible for financial aid after 160 credits, and any credits she brings in count. Dd won't accept 8 of her exam credits at all, and the other 20 she won't accept until the end of her last semester, at which point she may exceed the 160 credits by 1 or 2 credits, but it shouldn't affect her financial aid at that point.
  10. I recently purchased Holt Biology with the online premium teacher resources from Homeschool Buyers' Co-op. For the tests in the online resources, The multiple-choice questions are automatically scored but I can't find any answer keys for the short-answer part of the tests. Are they someplace in the resources I haven't managed to find, or am I expected to have studied the material sufficiently myself to know the answers (which is not what I was hoping for in a "homeschool package")?
  11. My kids have done dual enrollment at Stephen F. Austin State University and at the University of Texas at Arlington. Both would be about $85/credit hour for online, I believe (it costs less for in-person classes). I don't think you have to be Texas residents to dual enroll. For private colleges, Letourneau University and Taylor University offer dual enrollment, but I don't have the costs at hand. Really there are a quite a few four-year universities that offer dual enrollment, so as suggested above, I would check in your state. There may even be one in your area where they could take classroom classes.
  12. I thought I remembered seeing something on the forum about other sites that are helpful for prep for the USACO contests but I can't find the post now no matter how I search! I think it mentioned something like "Codeforces"? In any case, my ds is using the USACO training site but we were wondering if there were other sites that would be useful.
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