New York
New York

December 13, 2013

College Admission Problem Resolved

Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt answers questions and assists members with legal issues in New York. He and his wife homeschool their children. Read more >>

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family in central New York recently contacted us because of trouble they were having getting their daughter admitted to Schenectady County Community College (SCCC).

The family had moved to New York in the middle of their daughter’s high school years and reported to their local school district for the 11th and 12th grades only. The school district wrote a letter on behalf of the family verifying that the young woman “has completed all home school requirements during her time in [the district].”


When the student submitted this letter to SCCC, the college was unwilling to accept it because the letter did not use the phrase substantially equivalent. However, HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt contacted SCCC and insisted that the letter was sufficient.

Schmidt also pointed out that homeschooled students can be accepted even without such a letter and would only need to complete 24 credits in various subjects before graduation from college. SCCC agreed, and notified the family that their daughter could be admitted.

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