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Thursday, July 16, 2009

EDUCATION

Virginia Home-Schoolers Can Seek State Aid

Home-schoolers in Virginia are now eligible for state financial aid that they were previously not allowed to receive.

The Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program, which provides need-based scholarships for tuition, fees and books at the state's two- and four-year public institutions, required recipients to have graduated from high school with at least a 2.5 grade-point average.

The state's approximately 30,000 home-schoolers were ineligible for the aid, which offered an average grant of $3,671 in the 2007-08 school year.

Under rules the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia approved this week, home-schoolers may qualify by submitting SAT scores of at least 900 and ACT scores of at least 19.

The rules were mandated by SB-1547, a bill sponsored by state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) that became law in May. Cuccinelli, whose children are home-schooled, is running for state attorney general.

State officials do not expect significantly more students to seek aid as a result of the rule change, said Lee Andes, associate director of financial aid for the council.

Students who receive a GED instead of a high school diploma are still not eligible for the program, he said.

-- Emma Brown

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