May 9, 2014

Montgomery College Removes Financial Aid Roadblock

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Maryland. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

When the son of a Maryland HSLDA member applied for financial aid to attend Montgomery College, he was told he was ineligible because the high school diploma he received after being homeschooled was not accredited. College officials told him he needed to get a GED.

The family contacted HSLDA for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff wrote to the officials. He referred to federal law and explained that homeschool graduates are eligible for federal financial aid whether or not they earn their diploma through an accredited program.

The college took this to heart. After asking the family for copies of their notice of intent and other documents related to complying with Maryland homeschool regulations, the college approved him for financial aid.

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