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11/15/2007 5:26:39 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kansas--Community College To Correct Erroneous Admissions-Financial Aid Info

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Kansas--Community College To Correct
Erroneous Admissions-Financial Aid Info

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Many HSLDA members have contacted us after receiving a letter dated
November 6, 2007, from Johnson County Community College, suggesting
that a student could not get financial aid with a parent-issued high
school diploma unless they also had either a GED or a satisfactory
score on the Compass test.

The director of student financial aid is in the process of
distributing a letter to correct this erroneous statement.

I have read the correction letter and spoken at length with the
director. With the clarification I received during our conversation,
the letter of correction can be summarized as follows:

1. A degree-seeking student seeking admission must have a high school
diploma, or a GED, or 24 hours of college credit with a C average or
better to be admitted. Applicants will not routinely be asked to
present a copy of their diploma, but if requested, they must provide a
copy. A diploma signed by a parent following the completion of high
school through a home-based program will be treated the same as a
diploma issued by an accredited school.

2. No one will be required to take a Compass test or any other test
for the purpose of financial aid (there may be exceptions in unusual
cases.)

3. All degree-seeking students will be required to take the Compass
test solely for purposes of determining which classes the student may
be placed in. If a student has earned a 19 or better on the ACT test,
however, they will not need to take the Compass test.

This policy is sensible and workable and I believe shows that Johnson
County Community College is eager to keep its doors open to homeschool
graduates.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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