Yes, homeschoolers can go to university or college! In fact, many homeschoolers take university courses while they are in high school. Here is a list of universities and scholarships for homeschoolers.
Homeschool Friendly Universities and Colleges
*Please note that there are MANY more homeschool friendly colleges and universities – they will continue to be added*
Open Online Universities
These universities do not require a public school diploma and often the only requirement is that students be at least 16 years old. Many homeschoolers take courses at these universities starting in high school and include the credits on their high school transcript, sometimes also earning university transfer credits at other universities where they apply (this is often referred to as dual enrollment).
Arguably the best open university, attended by many homeschoolers. For many programs/courses, the only requirement is being at least age 16. Check the admission requirements for programs and courses here.
University of Guelph
The University of Guelph offers an open learning program. Depending on the course, some prerequisites may be required.
Thompson Rivers University
Click here for registration information for courses and programs.
University of King’s College
Click here for admission requirements and choose “home learner”.
Royal Roads University
Royal Roads offers a “Flexible Admission Policy“. Minimum requirements under this policy include: a Personal Statement, a résumé, two letters of reference, transcripts.
Trinity Western University
Canada’s largest Christian university, providing undergraduate, graduate and adult programs in the arts, sciences, and professions. Recognized for quality, TWU is consistently ranked among the top two universities in Canada by the National Survey of Student Engagement, holds three Canada Research Chairs, wins National Championships in USports, and emphasizes experiential learning to prepare graduates to make a global impact. Click here for TWU admission requirements or contact Josh.Brown@TWU.ca
University of New Brunswick
Minimum requirements for homeschoolers for admission to UNB include: a letter, transcript, course descriptions, a score of at least 1100 on the SAT, and possibly an SAT Subject Test or AP test, depending on the program.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Homeschooled students are required to submit CAT or SAT scores, a personal statement, a letter of academic reference, and transcripts for any university courses taken. Click here for details.
If your child is applying to an Ontario college, you need to fill out an OntarioColleges.ca application. When filling it out, select Canadian High School Education from the drop-down list. Then, for the School Name, type “Home”. You will need to mail (they won’t accept an emailed transcript) your child’s homeschool transcript directly to OntarioColleges.ca. And if your child took any courses at an online school, you’ll want to get them to mail a transcript directly as well.
Scholarships for Canadian Homeschoolers
Scholarship Aggregation Sites
Scholarships Canada – sign up free to get matched to scholarships and for scholarship notifications.
ScholarTree – helps students find and apply for scholarships.
Chris Huskilson Emera Scholarship
Created to honour Emera’s former CEO, Emera established the Chris Huskilson Emera Scholarship valued at $40,000. An Atlantic Canadian student attending an Atlantic Canadian university in the areas of science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship or math will receive $10,000 per year for four years. The recipient will also receive a paid, 12-week internship and a senior mentor from one of Emera’s companies.
CRI Engineering Survey $1000 Scholarship
Share your opinions about Canadian schools that offer engineering programs and enter a draw to win a $1,000 scholarship!
Nova Scotia Talent Trust
Deadline: March 1 and May 1
Nova Scotia Power African Nova Scotian Scholarship
Deadline: March 29
Four $2,500 awards to African Nova Scotian students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program in the areas of Power Engineering, Power Line Technician, Instrumentation Tech, Engineering, Technology, Business, Marketing & Communications, Environmental Sciences or Law.
Nova Scotia Power Emerging Leader Scholarships
Deadline: March 29
Four $2,500 awards to students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program in the areas of Power Engineering, Power Line Technician, Instrumentation Tech, Engineering, Technology, Business, Marketing & Communications, Environmental Sciences or Law.
Nova Scotia Power Women in Trades, Engineering and Technology Scholarships
Deadline: March 29
Six $2,500 awards to female students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program in Trades or in the areas of Engineering, Technology and Innovation.
Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship
For students impacted by the loss of a parent or guardian with little to no insurance coverage.
Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada Inc. Scholarship
Deadline: April 17
Several $1000 scholarships released in January of the following year to residents of Atlantic Canada (regardless of age) who will be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program in the up-coming academic year. Applications are accepted in both French and English. The scholarship recipients will be required to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment. Write a 500 word essay to enter.
Nova Scotia Power Mi’kmaq Bursaries
Deadline: April 26
Four $1,000 awards are available to Mi’kmaw students entering any year of a full time post-secondary accredited education program. Past recipients may re-apply.
Burns Lodge Legacy Scholarship
Deadline: April 30
To be eligible for this award, applicants must be residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality, in Grade 12, and planning on pursuing post-secondary educational studies in Atlantic Canada in the fall.
De Beers Group Scholarships for Canadian Women
Deadline: June 1
Four awards valued at $2,175 USD each. Must be female, entering an undergraduate program at an accredited Canadian institution, and entering a STEM or STEM-related program.
The Odenza Vacations College Scholarship is available to students who are residents of either the U.S. or Canada. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be between the ages of 17 and 24 and submit an essay to qualify for this $500 award.
Deadline: June 1
Do you know of any other universities and scholarships for homeschoolers? Please let me know in the comments below so I can add them.