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Home-Schooled Students

Alfred State admits as matriculated students only persons who have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Because of this requirement, Alfred State has established a specific admission policy with respect to home-schooled students. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that home-schooled students are treated fairly yet in accordance with the requirements set forth by the college. The policy below deals exclusively with the criteria for eligibility to be considered as an applicant for admission. Once eligibility for consideration is established, the applicant must also meet both campus and curriculum-specific admissions requirements.

Applicants 16 years of age or over (i.e., beyond the age of required school attendance)

These home-schooled students will be eligible for further consideration as an applicant to matriculated status if they can provide one of the following:

  1. a passing score on the general comprehensive examination for the state high school equivalency diploma (TASC/GED) and the diploma itself if the student is eligible to receive one.
  2. a statement (form available from the Admissions Office) from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction that is substantially equivalent to a four-year high school program meeting the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. (Please note that this option cannot be used if the student completed an online high school program of instruction.)
  3. official verification of successful completion (a grade of C or better) of 24 college credit hours in the following distribution: 6 credits in English language arts, 3 credits in natural science, 3 credits in humanities, 3 credits in mathematics, 3 credits in social science, and 6 credits in approved general education courses.(Please note that students admitted through this option are not eligible for federal financial aid unless the TASC/GED diploma has been earned.)
  4. official verification of having earned a degree from an accredited college or university.
  5. evidence of having passed with a grade of 65 or better the following five New York State regents exams—English language arts, mathematics, US history, a science, and global history. (Please note that students admitted through this option are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.)

Applicants under below 16 years of age (the age of required school attendance)

These home-schooled students will be eligible for consideration as applicants for admission to a matriculated status only if the student can provide a statement (form available from the Admissions Office) from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction that is substantially equivalent to a four-year high school program meeting the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. (Please note that this option cannot be used if the student completed an online high school program of instruction.)