My kids were the first homeschoolers ( and the youngest) ever to admitted. We had to jump through a lot hoops just to get them in. We even had to hire a psychologist for testing to prove that they were gifted. And...We paid full tuition and all books. They were not eligible for loans or scholarships because they were not high school grads and it was against the law to take the GED before age 18 or 19 ( I forget exactly.)
Anyway...Thanks to my kids and other pioneering homeschoolers its a lot easier now for both the homeschooled and institutionalized teens to get admitted.
In Florida it’s very inexpensive (the free books are only for the public school kids, homeschoolers pay their own books...probably worth challenging at some point because we pay the same school taxes through our property taxes as any public school kid’s parents.)
Dual credit is free tuition, then there’s a scholarship for full tuition to a state college if you score high enough on SATs (the lottery funds that.) Our kid’s finishing up his Master’s and we’ve never paid any tuition...during grad school his tuition’s been paid because he’s a GA.
Our son’s 21, but my sister homeschooled her kids and they’re in their 30’s now. Back in those days you had to fight for everything you wanted to do. Taking them out of school and homeschooling was being “radical.” It’s so much more accepted now.
Congrats on having not only gifted kids, but obviously hardworking ones!
I skipped a year of HS myself, and I was also young when I started school, so I was barely 17 when I entered college. I did not find the course work difficult, but I caught a lot of flak for being so young, and also had my opinions ignored a lot when I started grad school. I’m curious whether your kids found it difficult being in school so young? And also, what did they do with their degrees when they finished? Grad school? Did they have difficulty getting jobs afterward, at young ages? I am interested in this not only out of curiousity, but also because I am thinking about homeschooling my kids. Thanks for any info you feel like sharing!