The Average Cost of Homeschooling
Is homeschooling expensive? If you’re beginning your homeschool journey, that may be at the forefront of your mind. It’s also one of the toughest questions to answer because what’s “expensive” to one family may be quite reasonable to another.
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HIDDEN COSTS – Traditional schooling has plenty of “fees” associated with it, but you’re normally notified in advance. Homeschooling, on the other hand, can add to your monthly expenses in ways you might not have considered yet. It’s important to foresee some of the hidden ways that homeschooling may affect your pocketbook so you can begin to budget accordingly. What types of things are you responsible for purchasing when you take your child’s education into your own hands? The costs for homeschooling usually fall into three (3) main categories:
- Curriculum (online or offline)
- Text books, workbooks, reading material and education supplies
- extracurricular activities (co-op classes, athletics, field trips, etc.)
According to HSLDA, the average cost for one (1) child each year is $1,300 – $2,500.
- Curriculum: $550-$950
- Materials: $250-$400
- Field Trips: $200-$350
- Extra-curriculars: $300-$800