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College Credit Plus

What is College Credit Plus?

College Credit Plus (CCP) is Ohio’s dual credit program where students earn high school and college credit while in high school. Students enroll in college courses and adhere to college requirements. The College Credit Plus program is available for Ohio students in grades 7 through 12.

What are the benefits of participating in College Credit Plus (CCP)?

Ohio Students can:

  • Earn high school and college credits at the same time
  •  Get a head start on college or obtain certifications- Be college-ready!
  •  Experience college early to understand college life and academic expectations
  •  Potentially save on college tuition and textbook costs

What does being “college-ready” mean?

  • Being “college-ready” is more than just being academically ready
  •  Emotional and social transition to college
  •  Time management and organizational skills
  •  Grades earned in a College Credit Plus course are for high school AND college. They will be calculated into the student’s GPA. College requirements vary by school.

OHDELA students currently participate with these great colleges and universities

The Ohio State University- Mansfield Campus, Ohio Northern University, the University of Akron, Walsh University, Zane State Community College. Stark State College, Lorain County Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Wright State Community College, Kent State University, Washington State Community College, Sinclair Community College, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Students can pursue the College Credit Plus at any Ohio higher education institution.

How does College Credit Plus work?

Step 1: How do you become eligible for College Credit Plus (CCP)?

Each college/university has different exam requirements; you may have to take one of these assessments: ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, ALEKS, PlaceU, Maplesoft

  • After you have taken the assessment, colleges and universities will review student scores using statewide standards. Students’ scores must indicate they are ready for “college-level” courses in at least one subject area.
  •  If a student’s scores are not “college-level,” other conditions may be considered depending on the exam scores and if the student has:
  •  Overall GPA (3.0) or
  •  Recommendation form/letter

Step 2: Apply to College

Once you have taken the assessment and are ready for the College Credit Plus program, students must apply for admission to the college or university.

  • Contact the college to learn about their processes, paperwork, and deadlines. Remember, they have the final decision on student admission.

Step 3: Discuss course options with the college

If the student is considered eligible and has been admitted to the college/university, the college will discuss course options with the student. Students can take courses that can satisfy high school graduation requirements, school counselors can help students understand requirements and course substitutions, and schools might have additional requirements in addition to the state minimum. Courses must be college-level or non-remedial and nonreligious.

What are some differences between high school and College?

 High SchoolCollege
TestsTests are sometimes given weekly or at the end of the chapterTests are generally fewer in number covering more material
Study TimeRequired homework ranges between 1 to 3 hours per dayStandard rule of 2 to 3 hours of homework for very hour spent in class (3 to 5 hours per day)
Knowledge AcquisitionInformation provided mostly in-class. Out-of-class research is minimalCoursework will generally require more independent thinking, longer writing assignments, and out-of-class research
GradesNumerous quizzes, tests, and homework assignmentsFewer tests and fewer, if any, homework assignments will be used to determine final grades
Parent RoleParents are strong advocates working closely with teachers and counselorsParent serves as a mentor and support for the student; the college views the student as independent decision-maker; The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects student education records

Important dates and information to remember:

Students must complete and return to the school office the Intent to Participate form by April to participate in CCP the following school year. Get organized!

Mark your calendars with:

  • ACT and SAT dates
  • Test early to meet college/university admission deadlines (if required)
  • Check each college’s deadline for admission
  • Find out about assessment testing requirements early.
  • Summer semester deadline will be early as classes usually start in May

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