A common question that people have who are just researching the home school option is, “Do you get paid to homeschool?” or do you get money for homeschooling?
Let’s take a look:
Do Parents Get Paid to Home School?
Homeschooling your child is a private choice and is not employment. Therefore, parents do not get paid to homeschool their children. However, in some states families may receive a tax credit, deduction, or even a stipend if homeschooling under an umbrella school (like a charter school). Check with your state homeschooling laws if you are interested in those kinds of incentives.
Do you get a tax credit for homeschooling?
Some states do allow tax credits or deductions, but the laws are very specific and always changing. You cannot deduct homeschool supplies on your taxes. According to the IRS, those deductions are reserved for higher education beyond high school.
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Does the government pay for homeschooling?
No. The government does not pay for homeschooling and your family is responsible for the expenses associated with home school. However, there are public schools who have schooling from home. Because this is still public school (just completing the courses at home), the costs are covered the same was as any public school.
Are there any grants for homeschooling?
There are some homeschool grants available to homeschoolers from private organizations—especially for homeschooling families who have met hard times and are struggling. Just search for them on the internet.
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Can you pay someone to homeschool your child?
As a homeschool parent, it is your responsibility to oversee the education of your child in your homeschooling. In some cases, your child may be in a co-operative or in other classes where you are paying a fee for the class and someone else is “teaching” your child. This is a perfectly acceptable way to homeschool. For example, maybe you cover math and language arts at home, but then pay for an outside class for Spanish. As always, check your specific state law language on parents providing their homeschooled children learning from others.