16 days ago
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Online College Credits

So today I was searching for things that could give me a better chance to get into a good college when I found out about the idea of taking college courses to earn college credit (this may seem pretty basic knowledge, but I'm not from the US and I'm homeschooled so it is more difficult to find out about stuff like this). I saw that some websites offer to give these courses, and college credit, online. Since they're pretty pricey and I don't want to fall for a scam or something related I thought I should ask if this could make a difference.

For example, one of the websites I found is called Westcott Courses and they claim that the college credit you earn from their courses can help you out, but I just thought it would be good to get a third opinion.


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16 days ago

Hey! I am homeschooled, too! :)

I found websites like that, too (sophia.org and study.com). In fact, they looked like GREAT options so I was planning on taking them during high school...but then I found out the college I am interested in does not accept credits from websites like that. My goal was to transfer in credits to cut down on my time in college so that defeated my point and I chose the route of online community college classes instead (cheaper as a high school student).

So, it really depends on the website. Some are legit but if you want to transfer those credits, you will need to make sure the colleges you're interested will actually accept it.

But I really understand your situation- it is crazy how expensive AP is for homeschoolers! Dual enrollment ended up being the best option for me.

Hope this helps! LMK if you have any questions!

11 days ago

Hey, concurrent enrollment person here

It's a lot better than AP or honors classes IF you can afford the tuition. Before applying or anything, reach out to the college's admissions counselor, they can probably help a lot more. You should also see if your homeschool program has any concurrent enrollment programs, as those can help reduce costs. Scholarships and other financial aid options are also very useful. I don't know much about Westcott, but I will let you know that BYU online also has very good coursework. Look at all of your options before deciding. Overall, concurrent enrollment is great, but only if you can attend an affordable and accredited institution. I would also advise that you look into community colleges near you because those can offer the same classes for a lot less. That's the path that I decided to go on, and it worked well for me. Good luck!

13 days ago

While your in high school, whether your home schooled or not, you should be able to take community College courses at your local college. Most community colleges offer online courses for general eds. Some colleges have free courses for high school students and other charge around $50 a unit. Community College classes are accepted by the majority of public 4yr institutions in the U.S. I would look into your local school and you can use assist.org to check the transferability of courses. I have personally taken 48 units at my local community College while I am in high school.

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