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U.S. Department of Education Agrees: Homeschoolers Are Eligible for Student Aid

  • William A. Estrada, Esq. Director of Federal Relations
  • 2012 8 Aug
  • COMMENTS
U.S. Department of Education Agrees: Homeschoolers <i>Are</i> Eligible for Student Aid

We previously reported that due to mistaken information from a higher education organization, some colleges were claiming that homeschool graduates are no longer eligible for federal student aid unless they have a GED. HSLDA has been working hard to refute this erroneous claim.

We brought this issue to the attention of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE). The ONPE staff immediately started working within the U.S. Department of Education to see if they could help clarify that homeschoolers are fully eligible for all federal student aid.

They were successful, and on June 28, 2012, the Department of Education published a guidance letter to all colleges and universities across the country clarifying that there have been no changes to homeschool students’ eligibility for federal student aid.

The letter plainly states that homeschool students are eligible for federal student aid if “the student has completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory school attendance requirements under State law.” This fully covers every homeschool graduate, and again reiterates the law: homeschool graduates are fully eligible for federal student aid and they do not need a GED.

You can read the full text of the letter here.

HSLDA thanks the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Education for their hard work to ensure that homeschool graduates are treated equally under the law. This letter is an excellent resource to send to a college or university if it tries to claim that homeschool graduates need a GED in order to be eligible for federal student aid.

If a college persists in such a claim, please contact HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department at federalrelations@hslda.org or 540-338-5600.

Will Estrada has been leading our efforts to defend homeschooling on Capitol Hill since 2006. As the oldest of eight kids, and a homeschool graduate who married a homeschool graduate, he has a passion for protecting homeschool freedom.

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

Publication date: August 22, 2012