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November 3, 2010

Baptist College Drops GED Demand

After earning his high school diploma, Rob Slayden (name changed to protect his privacy) applied for admission to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Although he was eager to enroll and highly qualified, the college’s application stated that “The [U.S.] Department of Education requires home-educated students to have a GED or the Ability to Benefit Test.” The college shut its door in his face.

The Slaydens, members of HSLDA, contacted us for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a detailed letter to the director of admission. The U.S. Department of Education does not, of course, have authority to set admissions requirements for colleges. However, admissions policies for most colleges are significantly affected by federal policy, and HSLDA has helped families on these issues for many years.

Soon after receiving Woodruff’s letter, the door swung back open. The college accepted Rob and he subsequently enrolled.