Homeschool Frequently Asked Questions

Homeschooled high school students may participate in OTC’s online Dual Credit program to earn high school credit and college credit simultaneously. For students who wish to take a class on campus, OTC’s Early Start program offers students the ability to take general education and technical education courses alongside traditional college students.

Both Dual Credit and Early Start classes earn college credit.

Dual Credit courses include a select list of general education courses that are available online for homeschool students. Dual Credit courses are discounted to allow students to earn high school and college credit at a fraction of the normal cost of attendance. Dual Credit is an excellent option for students looking for an inexpensive way to complete general education courses that are guaranteed to transfer to any public college in the state of Missouri.

Early Start classes give students the opportunity to take courses on campus or online, including general education and technical education courses. Students are able to take any non-selective admission course available at OTC. Early Start courses are billed at regular OTC tuition rates. Early Start is a great option for students who wish to take career-focused courses in programs such as welding, graphic design, or culinary arts.

Students must be at least 16 years old at the time classes begin to be eligible to take classes at OTC.

Yes. Students who wish to take both Dual Credit and Early Start classes will select Early Start on the application for admission. Students will need to follow the Early Start admission process. In addition to completing the Early Start admission process, students will need to complete Step 4 of the Dual Credit admission steps.

No. Federal guidelines prohibit students who have not graduated from high school from receiving federal aid. Students may receive financial aid once an official high school transcript with a graduation date has been submitted.

No. OTC does not require homeschool students to take the HiSET or GED for admission. Students must submit a copy of their high school transcript in order to receive financial aid.

Your transcript must include your home address, list of courses, grades, graduation date, and should be issued by the parent/guardian of the student applying for admission and must include the parent/guardian’s signature.


  • Transcripts may not be issued or signed by the student applying for admission.
  • Grades should be alphabetical and not based on percentages.
  • Transcripts may be evaluated per state regulations.

Send Official Transcripts To:


Ozarks Technical Community College

Attn: Admissions

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway

Springfield, MO 65802


Yes. OTC offers 80+ scholarships for students. These include Institutional and privately-funded Foundation scholarships for post-secondary students.

Students who completed courses through OTC’s high school programs (Dual Credit and Early Start) are eligible for the High School Programs Transition Scholarship:

  • This scholarship pays for one college credit course (up to five credit hours) at the in-district Tier 1 tuition rate.
  • The one-time award is good for the first semester they choose to enroll after high school graduation.
  • Students would only be responsible for the cost of course materials and any associated fees. If they are out-of-district and/or take a Tier II course, students will have to pay the difference in tuition in addition to course materials and associated fees.

To receive the scholarship, students must:

    1. Apply to OTC – If you participated in an OTC class within the last year, and you remember your OTC ID, move on to the next step.
    2. Complete the FAFSA
      • If enrolling for summer classes: Complete the FAFSA for the current academic year. For example, if attending in summer of 2023, apply for 2022-2023 FAFSA.
      • If enrolling for fall classes: Complete the FAFSA for the upcoming school year. For example, if attending in fall of 2023, complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA
    3. Complete the High School Programs Transition Scholarship Application

If you have questions about the OTC Application or admissions steps, contact

If you have questions about the FAFSA or the High School Transition Scholarship, contact 

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