HEART of Texas

Homeschool with HEART!

Speaking Schedule (subject to change):

5:30
~ Check-In / Registration Begins

6:00 - 6:50
~ Speaking Session I:

“Top Ten Homeschooling Secrets to Ace Standardized Tests”
Jean Burk - College Prep Genius in Concord III

College 101: Q&A Panel with Public/Private College Representatives
Panel and Moderator in Chenin Blanc

“How to Fund College”
Taryn Anderson - Director of Financial Aid, University of Dallas in Champanel

“Opportunity of a Lifetime - How do I Attend One of the U.S. Service Academies?”
Service Academy Representatives in Chancellor

7:00
~ College Night Exhibit Doors Open (Concord I)

7:00 - 7:50
~ Speaking Session II:

“Top Ten Homeschooling Secrets to Ace Standardized Tests” (repeated)
Jean Burk - College Prep Genius in Concord III

“Start College Early”
Caleb Johnson - SAGU in Chenin Blanc

“How to Fund College” (repeated)
Taryn Anderson - Director of Financial Aid, University of Dallas in Champanel

“The Truth about College Loans, Scholarships and Grants”
Joe Hooten in Chancellor

8:30 - 9:20
~ Speaking Session III:

“Choosing a Major”
Melissa Hair - Senior Admissions Counselor, Texas Tech in Chenin Blanc

“How to Fund College” (repeated)
Taryn Anderson - Director of Financial Aid, University of Dallas in Champanel

“Demystifying the College Application Process”
Gabe Rench - New Saint Andrews in Chancellor

9:00
~ College Night Exhibit Doors Close

9:30
~ College Night Ends

Workshops are available on a first-come first-served basis. Thank you for your understanding.

Session Descriptions:

College 101: Q&A Panel with Public/Private College Representatives Representatives from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Moderator

This is your chance to have your questions answered by a panel of representatives from both public and private colleges and universities.


“How to Fund College”
Taryn Anderson – Director of Financial Aid, University of Dallas

The big question in the minds of many home school families is: How can we afford to send our child to college? What are the options for a child who isn’t a National Merit Scholar? What about a family with more than one child in college? What kind of help is available, and how can you access it? Taryn Anderson, Director of Financial Aid at University of Dallas, will help guide you through the maze of college financing options. She will explain the difference between grants, scholarships, and loans, and schools determine who is eligible for financial aid.



“Opportunity of a Lifetime – How Do I Attend One of the U.S. Service Academies?”
Representatives from the 5 Service Academies & Congressional Offices

High school and middle school students and their parents can learn more about the first- class education available at our country’s service academies. Meet representatives from each of the 5 service academies, who will discuss the requirements for admission as well as the appointment process. A brief DVD highlighting each academy will be shown, and the session will conclude with a question and answer period. Homeschoolers interested in military affairs, defense, leadership, or public service are encouraged to attend!


“Top Ten Homeschooling Secrets to Ace Standardized Tests”
Jean Burk – College Prep Genius

Homeschoolers are not at a disadvantage when it comes to acing standardized tests. But there are little-known secrets that can hinder scores and scholarship money. We uncover wrong information that's been perpetrated for years. Discover why colleges are coveting homeschoolers and how they use tests like the SAT/ACT and PSAT to validate the transcript. You will join tens of thousands of informed families and walk away knowing the key to beating these tests and how your student can receive life-changing, incredible scholarship money!


“Start College Early”
Caleb Johnson – Senior Admissions Counselor, SAGU

Would you like to save time & money by earning college credit during high school? In this session, we will explore the college credit options available to homeschool students, general requirements for each option, how credits transfer, and what option might be best for your student. The session will also address the differences between Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, CLEP Tests, AP Credit, and institutional awarding for ACT scores. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the workshop.


“Demystifying the College Application Process” Gabe Rench – Director of Recruitment, New Saint Andrews College

There are over 7000 colleges in the US, which means choosing a college can be an overwhelming process. This presentation will provide you with some structure and a game plan, as your high school students get a jumpstart on choosing the right college. So come and learn about:

• How and When to Begin the Process
• Making A Financial Game Plan
• How to Make a Strong Impression and Put Your Best Foot Forward
• Common Barriers to Starting and Completing an Application


“The Truth about College Loans, Scholarships and Grants”
Joe Hooten

Too often, parents and students suffer from anxiety associated with the college selection process. Come hear from an Admissions professional about questions every student should ask, and hints and secrets to the college search process. Don’t rack yourself with trying to find the “Best” college, learn how to find the “Right” College the first time!


“Choosing a Major”
Melissa Hair – Senior Admissions Counselor, Texas Tech

With so many options, how do you know what major to choose in college? Understanding that a college degree is important, this session will walk you through the process of choosing a major that is right for you! Undecided about what to major in? Don’t worry, most students are. Hear about tools that you can use to narrow down your choice.