May 9, 2014

Bowdoin Application More Homeschool-Friendly after HSLDA Intervenes

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

An alert homeschool family pointed HSLDA to a question Bowdoin College was asking homeschool applicants: “Will your state recognize you as a high school graduate at the end of your senior year? If not, why?”

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote to the Bowdoin office of admissions and explained that this question was highly problematic for homeschoolers and asked that it be removed.

He explained that homeschooling is independent of the state and that families therefore do not seek the recognition of the state. He pointed out that with or without “recognition,” homeschool graduates are eligible for federal financial aid. He added that in many states homeschool families are never required to make any kind of filing with any government agency, thus rendering any type of recognition impossible in any event.

Bowdoin College subsequently removed the question completely and simplified the application process for homeschool graduates in several other ways.

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