The Erie County Home Schoolers Diploma Association was established to provide a high school diploma that
meets or exceeds the standards of Act 1988-169. The development of this diploma in 1993 was triggered by
two factors: the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Department of Education concerning home school diplomas
and the desire to provide the local home school organization with a diploma recognized by PHEAA
(Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency), making home school graduates eligible for state loans.
Since that time, there have been additional ways accepted to prove closure of secondary education and
provide for financial aid for post high school education. However, many people still choose diploma programs.
Erie County Home Schoolers Diploma Association offers several diploma options to
Pennsylvania residents. While requirements differ for each diploma, all are equally recognized by the
state as valid high school diplomas. The General Diploma is for any student who has met the basic
requirements of the law and has evaluator letters to this effect. The Academic Diploma
is for those who have met specific requirements attainable by most students. The
Academic Diploma with Honors is for those who have completed work to a higher standard or have excelled
in a particular subject area. In addition, an
Academic Diploma with Specialization or a General Diploma with Specialization is
available to students who have taken a concentration of courses in either business or
a vocational area.