Homeschool Students - Alliance University

Nyack College is happy to welcome homeschooled students.  We recognize that the unique learning experience they receive is effective preparation for college.  Homeschooled students at Nyack have made a positive impact in our diverse community. Between 15 and 20 homeschool students enter Nyack each year.  Our goal is to make your process as smooth as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a state certified diploma or a GED?

Homeschool students are not required to have a GED or a state certified diploma to apply.  The applicant’s homeschool transcript, test scores, and recommendation will be evaluated for admission.  To receive New York state aid, an official letter from the local school district, a GED, or passing score on the Ability to Benefit test is required (see below).

How do I get a Homeschool Transcript?

Your secondary school record can be obtained through your homeschool association.  If you are not associated with an organization, a transcript put together by a parent showing course work completed and grades received is acceptable.

Will I be eligible for financial aid?

Students who plan to receive federal aid must submit a final transcript showing graduation date prepared by a homeschool association or parent. Students who plan to receive New York State aid must do one of the following:
  • Obtain a letter from their local school district official confirming that they have received an education “substantially equivalent” to instruction given to students graduating from public or private high schools; or
  • Take and pass the GED test; or
  • Pass the Ability to Benefit test, a four-hour test (schedule with the Admissions Office)

What financial aid is available to homeschool students?

Nyack offers millions of dollars in grants and scholarships each year.

The Homeschool Grant is available for freshmen and transfer students based on number of years homeschooled. Students must submit documentation of homeschool attendance. Awards are up to $2,000 per year. Rockland campus only.

Nyack Scholars Grant is based on HS GPA, SAT or ACT scores. Awards range from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year.

Additional awards for Christian leadership, musical talent, athletic abilities and State of residence are available.  To be eligible students must be enrolled full-time.  Students should take advantage of all available federal, state and local government grants and any outside scholarships for which they may qualify.  All awards are renewable each semester for a maximum of eight semesters.  Nyack College grants are credited towards tuition and are subject to the cap established for the campus.  For additional financial aid information, go to

Does Nyack accept Advanced Placement or CLEP scores for credit?

Credit is granted for satisfactory performance on the College Proficiency Examinations offered through the NY State Education Department, the College Level Examination Program, and Advanced Placement Examinations.

Contact the Admission Office for more information at 800.336.9225 or