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September 14, 2017

Scottish University Asks: Did You Meet State Standards?

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SCOTT WOODRUFF
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A Virginia homeschool graduate earned a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, but when she later applied to enter a graduate program at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, her status as a high school graduate was questioned.

The representative said, “In order to be eligible for federal loans, you must provide us with certification from your state/county education board that your home schooling met the standard of a high school diploma.”

This puzzled the applicant, but when she sought clarification, the representative repeated that she must send the certification.

The applicant sought Home School Legal Defense Association’s assistance. 

I wrote the representative a letter explaining that since Virginia homeschools set their own standards for high school graduation—much like private schools—no state or county certification is available. He explained that the applicant’s diploma issued by her parents would be sufficient to qualify her for federal students loans in the U.S., and even qualify her for application to the U.S. armed services.

Within a week, the applicant’s student loans were approved.