How Much Does It Cost to Homeschool?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Homeschooling costs vary widely, based on several key factors. Learn more about homeschooling costs and trends, and discover resources for parents considering homeschooling options for their students.

Homeschooling Expenses

Little research exists to pinpoint an official average cost for homeschooling, but anecdotal evidence from national homeschooling organizations indicates costs may range from a few hundred dollars to almost $3,000 a year per student. These estimates exclude the lost income from having a stay-at-home parent to administer the homeschooling. The annual cost to homeschool a child depends on many considerations, including:

  • The type of curriculum chosen
  • Access to textbooks, computers and supplies
  • Reference and teaching materials selected by parents
  • The type and number of field trips
  • Fees to participate in extracurricular activities
  • Membership fees for homeschooling associations and groups
  • Assessment fees, if required by your state
  • Tutoring expenses, if necessary for some courses

Homeschooling's Growing Popularity

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of 5- to 17-year-old children being homeschooled has steadily increased since the department started recording homeschooling information in 1999.

YearNumber of Students HomeschooledPercentage of U.S. Students
2011 1,770,000 3.4%
2007 1,508,000 2.9%
2003 1,096,000 2.2%
1999 850,000 1.7%

Homeschooling Planning and Budgeting

The first step in figuring out how much your homeschooling plan will cost is to investigate your state's homeschooling regulations. Each state is different; there may be no governmental oversight, or you may be faced with strict rules that require periodic student testing and curriculum approval. Some states also require parents of homeschooled students to demonstrate their teaching qualifications.

National, state and local groups offer resources varying from legal support to peer advice for parents who homeschool their children. These groups can help you determine which state laws apply to you and provide you with assistance when exploring different curriculum options, which may range from one you develop independently to inclusive packages.

Curriculum Resources

Support for whichever curriculum option you choose may be found through's online courses, which are designed to supplement lesson plans for homeschooled high school and middle school students. Courses feature short, fun video lessons on key subject matter to help students master important concepts. Explore the full list of courses or review sample courses, such as:

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