Unplugging to Reconnect: Homesteading and the Kids' Higher Education, Part 4


| 7/26/2016 2:07:00 PM


Tags: college, parenting, healthy families, education, John Atwell, Hawaii,

 

You can read the previous posts in this series here.

Financing a college education? Did I fail to mention the beauty of Advanced Placement (A.P.) high school classes before getting to college? A solid score on the national A.P. test will land a student free college credits that can be applied to a 2- or 4-year degree. My wife and I had some personal experience with this.

For my part, ever the slacker, I only took one A.P. course in high school (biology) but entered college with a half of a semester's worth of credit that only cost me (my parents) the $50 fee for taking the A.P. test. We both had high school classmates that used A.P. testing to knock out more than a year's worth of free credits before they were even admitted to a college.

Our next to oldest child, as a sophomore, scored well enough on her A.P. World History course to garner 6 credits and, as a senior, nailed an A.P. Literature test score good enough to garner 4 credits. Our boy, at age 15 and a sophomore, tackled A.P. biology (still waiting for those results).

(In our family, we have agreed to cover the kids'  testing fees, unless they fail to secure a score that grants credit; then they pay the $50.  Money is a great incentive for better studying.)




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