Can I participate?
If you are a student in grades 7-12, you can apply for College Credit Plus admission to a public or participating private college. The college will admit you based on your college readiness in one or more subject areas. Your school counselor can help you understand your options, deadlines, and how to proceed. You may not participate in the College Credit Plus program beyond your anticipated high school graduation date.
What is the deadline for participation?
Students who are interested in participating in College Credit Plus in 2015-16 must notify their school counselor by April 1, 2015.
Does College Credit Plus differ from the previous PSEO program?
College Credit Plus is a student-directed program. Students and their families can explore courses offered at all Ohio public colleges and participating private colleges for possible participation in College Credit Plus. Unlike PSEO, College Credit Plus is open to students beginning in the seventh grade and districts are not permitted to restrict an otherwise qualified student’s participation in any way.
How can College Credit Plus benefit me?
College Credit Plus provides more options for you to pursue rigorous academic coursework beyond the high school classroom. Under College Credit Plus, you can complete your freshman year of college or more, or explore college content that interests you. Earning college credits while you’re in high school can reduce your time and costs of attending college after high school.
Who pays for college admission, textbooks, fees, and transportation?
Students attending a public college will not be charged for tuition, books, or fees. Students attending a private college may be charged based on the particular private college and where the course is delivered, in accordance with law. Responsibility for transportation rests with the student. Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program may not have to pay any fees to a private college. Please talk with your counselor for details.
Where can I take college classes?
Some college courses under College Credit Plus may be offered at your high school. You may also travel to the college where you have been admitted or enroll in one or more online courses offered by that college.
What courses are available through College Credit Plus?
Once you are admitted to a college for College Credit Plus, you may take any course in the college’s course catalogue that is not remedial or religious, and that applies toward a degree or professional certificate, in a subject area in which you are college-ready.
My high school has a formal arrangement with a local college to offer College Credit Plus. Are those the only courses I can take?
No. After you are admitted to a college, you can take any courses offered by that college that you are college-ready to take. Additionally, each Ohio high school has developed two sample pathways – one leading to 15 credits and another to 30 credits. However, students have no obligation to take courses identified on a pathway or to complete a pathway. Students can take courses offered in person or online by any public or participating private college in Ohio.
Will my college credits apply toward my high school graduation requirements?
College Credit Plus allows high school students to earn college credit and apply that credit toward their high school graduation requirements. Successful completion of a college course worth 3 or more credit hours will result in 1.0 Carnegie unit earned at the high school. A 2-credit-hour college course will earn students 2/3 of a high school credit and a 1-credit-hour college course will convert to 1/3 of a high school credit.
Will College Credit Plus grades appear on my high school transcript?
Yes. High school credit awarded for courses successfully completed under College Credit Plus will satisfy or exceed the graduation requirements and subject area requirements of the school district. Courses successfully completed under College Credit Plus must be listed by course title on the high school transcript. All College Credit Plus courses will be computed into the GPA using the same scale as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses in your district.
How are high school graduation requirements affected?
High school graduation requirements will not be waived as a result of participation in College Credit Plus. You will not receive a diploma until after the course is successfully completed and the graduation requirement is met. However, you may participate in the graduation ceremony if proof is presented that you are progressing satisfactorily one week prior to graduation.
What are my academic and social responsibilities?
You will be expected to follow the rules and regulations set by the college/university. You will also be expected to follow the rules and regulations set for high school students detailed in the student handbook. Once enrolled, you are eligible to receive advising from campus-based support services of that institution. Additionally, you will continue to have access to your school counselor and all other resources available to high school students. Participation in College Credit Plus does not guarantee you admission to college after high school. You should follow the regular undergraduate application process for whatever college you plan to attend after high school.
How does College Credit Plus affect athletic eligibility?
If you are a student athlete, you must remain eligible in accordance with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) bylaws. To be athletically eligible, students must be passing five 1-credit courses or the equivalent per grading period with the high school and college courses combined. Most College Credit Plus courses taken during a semester will equal 1 Carnegie unit, allowing students to earn more than the required five for athletic eligibility. Please check with your counselor to ensure that the course work you are taking is compliant with the OHSAA.