How To Prepare Homeschool Students For College

As children approach high school age families begin to seriously consider options for college. For the approximately 1.5 million families who choose to homeschool, college readiness is often a concern that leads to families deciding to enroll students in a public or private high school.

The need for college readiness does not take away homeschooling as an option for high school students. There are many options available, both online and in person, for high school homeschoolers to prepare for the academic and self-management aspects of higher education.

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America’s Worst Colleges

Worst

One of Blueprint’s main goals is to help our students identify colleges where they will thrive ~ where they will get the most bang for their buck. So, naturally, when you’re helping a student compile a list of schools that are a good fit you’re also creating a bucket of throwaway schools that are a bad fit. One reason why a pre-college summer program is a great idea.

You get out of your education what you put in. Sure, some colleges have a hand up when it comes to resources or facilities and sometimes it helps to be around like-minded students, but for the most part an undergraduate degree is an undergraduate degree no matter how you cut it.

However, while it could be said that you’re guaranteed a good shot at a great education at any of the top 200 colleges… might it also be true that it would be difficult to educate yourself at one of the worst 20?

The Washington Monthly certainly seems to think so and has recently published lists of America’s Worst Colleges.

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What Alumni are Saying about Blueprint Pre-College Summer Programs

Top 5 Quotes From Parents and Students

A lot of people mash up the terms pre-college summer programs or summer programs for high school students, but for the most part they are one in the same. If you’re a guidance counselor, most likely you’re going to use the term “pre-college summer program.”

So today I wanted to share my favorite quotes from parents and students who learned what a Blueprint pre-college summer program is all about last summer. Maybe their words will help you figure out is a summer program is right for your high school student.

OK, Here we go!

1. I wasn’t sure about sending my son to a summer college. Many programs are at large universities and I was concerned that he would not be actively involved in the program. The Blueprint staff were so welcoming and made it easy for my son to feel part of the group and the small size of the program made the experience very personal for him. 2013 Parent

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Endowment Data 2013

Just this Tuesday NACUBO released its 2013 report of institutional financial integrity.

Overall, college endowments grew at a clip of 11% after suffering average losses last year.

Click on the image below for the full PDF of all colleges/universities.

Endowments

Slash College Costs, Part II

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach
This is the final installment of a two part series on slashing college costs and Blueprint would like to thank Lynnette for writing to the pre-college program community! (To read part one, click here.)

Tip #3: Plan to Live on Campus

Lehigh Residence Halls

Lehigh University Residence Halls

I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but most students will probably fare better living on campus rather than living at home or with relatives, in order to save money at college.

How is this possible?

Simply put: studies show that students who live on campus have far better graduation rates than those who live at home or with family members. Read more

4 Ways to Plan For and Slash College Costs

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach
This is the first of a two part series on slashing college costs, stay tuned for part two this Thursday!


1debtIf you’re gearing up for college, or you have a child in high school, you probably already know that higher education costs are soaring.

The average price tag of a public, four-year college or university now stands at roughly $20,000 a year, including tuition, fees, room and board.

The total cost of a private, four-year institution currently exceeds $40,000 annually, according to data from the College Board.

At top colleges in America — including Ivy League schools; other elite, private institutions; and many excellent state schools that attract out-of-state students –- it’s common for total costs to hit the $50,000 to $60,000 range or more per year.

Fortunately, that’s just the sticker price. Most families don’t pay published tuition rates. Scholarships, grants, and other financial aid help offset college costs.

But do you just get that free money? Equally important, how can you lower your overall college expenses, thereby avoiding massive student loans?

Here are four sure-fire ways to cut college costs by thousands of dollars each year.

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