In summary, here's a Timeline recap of the "common" steps to college (But not the only way! Let the Lord direct your paths):
Pray and research careers/vocations, institutions/colleges, record keeping/transcript methods (especially if any high school work is done in 7th or 8th grades). Write or email college admissions departments for homeschooler requirements and what they like to see in their "ideal" student for entrance. Begin planning what the high school basic core and elective structure should look like to optimize high school for your child.
Begin portfolio and high school record keeping. Set overall high school goals.
Take PSAT if not used for merit scholarship but SAT prep.Gather scholarship information.
Take PSAT if to be used for merit scholarship. Take SAT or ACT. Look for scholarships. Visit colleges and gather admissions, scholarship, and financial aid paperwork for 12th grade submission noting all important deadlines as each college varies.
Fall Take SAT or ACT again (if needed to improve scores). Begin college's admissions/scholarship paperwork.
Jan. File FAFSA for federal financial aid. File final tax returns as soon as able.
Feb/Mar Common deadline for many college financial aid paperwork and scholarship applications.
April/early May If enrolling in our local Portland Community College, fill out enrollment, take the PCC new student placement test and attend the required orientation (BOTH must be completed before you can register for classes). Registration deadlines are early-May for PCC summer class registration, and have been as early as mid-May for PCC fall class registration (although currently are mid-June). Consider taking a spring or summer class to get in line as a returning student for fall class registration if your student will need to complete pre-requisites for a PCC technology program application deadline.
Examine college/vocational acceptance offers.
(**Much of the college admissions and financial aid application process information was learned at a seminar given by Rebecca Treloar at the August 2006 "Senior Sneak Peek" at Multnomah Bible College. The balance has come from our family's own experience in graduating 2 from homeschool high school and 1 more to go!).
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