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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Section A: Students & Parents updated
  • Section B: Homeschool & Non-public High School Students & Parents 
  • Section C: School District & Postsecondary Institution Administrators updated
  • Section D: Proposed Improvements for College Credit Plus: Budget House Bill 49 updated

 

Section A: FAQs for Students & Parents

The Basics

1. Can I participate?

If you are an Ohio student in grades 7-12 you can apply for College Credit Plus admission to any Ohio 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.

 

ORC 3365.02, 3365.03, 3365.033, 3365.04 

2. 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 the time and cost of attending college after high school.

3. Where can I take college classes?

Some college courses offered 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.

4. 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, based on the common subject area - not curriculum -  of the weighted advanced standing class/course.

ORC 3365.12

5. Does a student have to be an Ohio resident to participate in College Credit Plus?

Yes, students must be Ohio residents to participate in College Credit Plus. For public school students, the student must be enrolled in a high school in Ohio so that the public school provides the funding from their “foundation” funds. Any student interested in enrolling in a public college or university must be considered a resident of Ohio as defined in state law. The college or university will verify that information with the student and family. Please see the following information for details on the Ohio statute and rules:

The funding associated with College Credit Plus is a combination of secondary school foundation funds (for public school students) and funds allocated from the Ohio budget (for nonpublic and home school students) and college/university state share of instruction (SSI). The CCP legislation addresses the state share of instruction (SSI), foundation, and state allocated funds in Ohio Revised Code 3365.07. Public colleges only receive SSI for Ohio resident students that meet law and administrative requirements as set forth in ORC 3333.31 and OAC 3333-1-10.

The CCP legislation does not exempt a student from the Ohio student residency requirements in Ohio Administrative Code 3333-1-10. Therefore, colleges/universities must verify Ohio residency for each CCP participant (as they do for all college students). If the student is not an Ohio resident based on “Rule 10,” then the student cannot participate as a CCP student. He/she can enroll but it would be outside of the CCP program. The colleges/universities have the responsibility to inform the student in advance of the need to either drop the course before the census date or to pay for the course on his/her own.

 

Added February 27, 2017

5a. What information is available for College Credit Plus as we plan for the 2018-2019 school year? new

For Public School Students, please review the Public School College Credit Plus Information Session presentation. Students will need to submit an Intent to Participate form. Your school district may have customized a form, or may be using this standard form “Intent” form.

 

Added October 5, 2017

High School-Related

6. 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. Also, each Ohio high school has developed two sample pathways – one leading to 15 credits and another to 30 credits. These should be included in your high school’s course offerings. 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.

 

ORC 3365.04, 3365.13
OAC 3333-1-65.1

7. How does College Credit Plus impact athletic eligibility? updated

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, one 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 one 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 the OHSAA.  

 

Updated June 28, 2017

8a. Is the college credit I earned in high school through CCP guaranteed to transfer to another postsecondary institution?

Thanks to Ohio’s Transfer to Degree Guarantee, many entry-level courses earned at an Ohio public college are guaranteed to transfer to any other Ohio public college. Credits earned at private colleges, or those that you want to transfer to an out-of-state institution, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the institution you are seeking to attend. Go to the Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee website to learn more about credit transfer among the state’s public institutions of higher education. This tool allows you to find the best pathways to completing your degree and launching a successful career. Earning college credit will not affect applications for financial aid/scholarships limited to entering freshmen.

8b. When I apply to a public college or university, am I considered a first-time student or a transfer student? updated

Students who take college courses before graduating from high school are considered first-time students. Contact the colleges/universities that you attended while in high school to request official transcripts to be sent to your new institution so that completed courses can be evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Added 9/1/2017 

9. 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.

 

OAC 3333-1-65.2

10. Is every student previously admitted to PSEO automatically admitted to College Credit Plus at the same institution? Does PSEO information automatically convert to College Credit Plus?

No. Students must reapply to the college(s) they wish to attend regardless of previous PSEO or dual enrollment experience. There is no conversion from PSEO to College Credit Plus.

Courses/Classes

11. 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. 

 

ORC 3365.12

12. What happens if I fail a class?

Classes failed or withdrawn with an “F” will receive an “F” on the high school and college transcripts and will be computed into the high school and college GPA. If you do not receive a passing grade, the district may, in some instances, seek reimbursement for the amount of state funds paid to the college on your behalf for that college course. The school district may withhold grades and credits received for high school courses taken until reimbursement has been made.

 

ORC 3365.09

13. Can I take courses during the summer?

The College Credit Plus Program includes courses taken during the summer term. The summer term will apply as the first term of the next school year. If you want to participate during a summer term, you must submit your letter of intent to participate early enough (between February 15 and April 1) to apply and gain admission to the college and register for course(s) in the spring. Many college summer terms begin in May.

 

ORC 3365.034

14. How do I earn high school credit by taking college courses?

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 three or more credit-hour college course will result in 1.0 Carnegie unit earned at the high school. A two credit-hour college course will earn students 2/3 of a high school credit and a one credit-hour college course will convert to 1/3 of a high school credit. 

 

ORC 3365.12
OAC 3333-1-65.2

15. I thought that a public school student could take 30 credit hours each academic year. Why was my son/daughter told that he/she could only take a smaller number of credits this year? 

In order to determine the number of credit hours a student can take in a year, the secondary school must calculate the number of course credits that are for high school credit only and multiply that by 3. That number is then subtracted from the 30 hours. The result is the maximum number of credit hours a student can take in the College Credit Plus program. (This is based on a semester system.)

30 – (high school only credits x 3) = Maximum number of College Credit Plus credit hours

This calculation must be completed each year for a student as the high school credits may change. Also, students may only take a maximum of 120 credit hours in the program.

If students would like to take more than the maximum number of credit hours, the student can arrange to register and pay for those additional credit hours as a “self-pay” student. Those hours would be outside of the College Credit Plus program.

For more information on “self-pay,” please review FAQ #19 in Section C.

 

OAC 3333-1-65.2

 

Added April 3, 2017

Academic, Financial & Other Responsibilities

16. 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.

17. Who pays for college admission, textbooks, required course supplies, and fees?

  • CCP students from public or non-public high schools who attend a public college are NOT required to pay for college course tuition, instructional tools, or supplies under any circumstances. Homeschool students are responsible for providing their own instructional tools ("books"), but not tuition or course-required supplies. Homeschool and non-public students must apply for College Credit Plus funding to pay for tuition. For more information, visit this website: (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/College-Credit-Plus)
  • Secondary (public and non-public/chartered) schools are responsible for providing instructional tools ("books") for their CCP students. The postsecondary institution must waive fees for these students and is also responsible for providing supplemental supplies required by the course syllabus. 

  • Students choosing to attend a private college may be charged by that college, depending on where the course is delivered, and in accordance with state law. Although the amount charged to CCP students by a private institution may vary, in academic year 2017-2018 the maximum will be $158.76 per credit hour. (Reference ORC 3365.07) (updated July 10, 2017)

  • Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program may not have to pay costs to attend a private college. Please talk with your counselor for details.

  • A school district or nonpublic school may seek reimbursement from students/families under the following two circumstances: 1) If the student receives a failing grade at the end of the college course; or 2) If the student withdraws from or drops the college course subsequent to the 14th calendar day after the particular course began, unless the student is identified as being economically disadvantaged in accordance with Ohio Administrative Code 3333‐1‐65.6(B)(2).

 

ORC 3365.07, 3365.09

18. Is the postsecondary institution supposed to bill the high school for books?

Yes. In some cases, colleges have created a voucher system for students to use to assure accuracy in the subsequent high school billing. Other colleges have made arrangements with high schools or districts to purchase an inventory of certain books at the high school for students to borrow during the course term.  
Since all supplemental supplies required by the course syllabus are provided by the college, some campus bookstores also have a way of tracking those purchases. 

  • Colleges and high schools/districts likely will have communicated and planned on behalf of their shared students. 
  • Colleges should communicate to CCP students if there is a particular purchase system in place with the student’s high school or district; or if notification of the student’s participation in College Credit Plus needs to be provided to the campus bookstore.  
  • High schools often rely on the college to provide the student the book from the campus bookstore, and then invoice the high school/district once the academic term begins.

19. Who provides transportation?

Responsibility for transportation rests with the student.

 

ORC 3365.034, 3365.08

20. If a student takes more than 30 credit hours in a year, what is the student/family responsible to pay?

Please see FAQ #19 in Section C for more information.

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Section B: FAQs for Homeschool & Nonpublic High School Students/Parents

1. Are private high school and homeschool students eligible for College Credit Plus?

Yes. College Credit Plus is an opportunity available to all 7-12 grade students who are accepted into the program by a college or university within Ohio. The program operates in much the same way, regardless of what high school a student attends. However, students attending a private high school and homeschool students must apply to the Ohio Department of Education to receive funding to underwrite their costs. Please check the main College Credit Plus page for information, forms and updates.

 

ORC 3365.02, 3365.03
OAC 3333-1-65.8

 

Updated March 27, 2017

2. My child is a junior at a nonpublic high school. She is enrolled in CCP and was planning to take 18 hours of credit at a local college during the 2015-2016 school year. She only received four (4) hours from the state. Can we self-pay for the other 15 hours?

Your child may certainly self-pay for additional college courses beyond what the state was able to fund under College Credit Plus (CCP). However, those additional courses/credits are considered to be beyond the CCP program. Therefore, your student’s high school will not be required to provide your student with all of the benefits of the CCP program for those courses/credits “beyond” the program. Although tuition for the CCP courses will be paid for by the state, the tuition for any additional courses will likely cost your student the college or university’s regular tuition. A public college or university cannot offer an adjusted tuition rate unless the Chancellor has authorized the institution to do so. A private institution may adjust its tuition at its discretion.

 

ORC 3365.04, 3365.06

3. Who pays for books and other miscellaneous supplies if the student is homeschooled or attending a nonpublic school? 

The secondary (high school/district) schools are responsible for providing the instructional tool ("books"). The postsecondary institution is responsible for providing all supplemental supplies required by the course syllabus ("fees"). Under no circumstances are public or nonpublic/chartered school CCP students required to pay for college course instructional tools or supplies. However, homeschool and nonpublic/nonchartered students are responsible for providing their own instructional tools ("books") but not the course-required supplies. 

 

ORC 3365.07, 3365.09

4. Why can't a nonpublic or homeschooled student who was accepted to a college, but was not funded by the state, still participate? 

The distinction rests in who is eligible to participate in College Credit Plus (CCP) and what is required for a student to participate in CCP.

A student is eligible to participate in CCP if student is:

  1. an Ohio resident
  2. enrolled in a secondary school (high school).

An eligible student may participate in CCP if the student

  1. applies and is admitted to a college/university and is placed in a college credit-bearing course
  2. is funded by the state or is funded but chooses not to accept state funds when students similarly situated in the same district are funded.

The CCP program requires the use of state funds to pay student tuition, and requires colleges and high schools/districts to comply with many quality and student benefits. In order to assure that those quality and benefit measures are satisfied, a student’s participation in the program is dependent on the state-funded tuition.

Nonpublic and homeschool students are funded through state allocations that are designated for each group. Annually, the demand for the CCP tuition awards far exceeds the supply of available funds. A student who was not state-funded for a particular number of requested college credit hours is not prevented from taking those college courses; however, if she chooses to take the college courses, she cannot do so as a CCP participant.

Therefore, a high school student taking college courses outside of the CCP program cannot be guaranteed all of the benefits of the CCP program, and a public college or university cannot offer an adjusted tuition rate unless the institution has already been authorized by the Chancellor to do so. A private institution may adjust its tuition at its own discretion.

 

ORC 3365.04, 3365.06

5. What are the steps needed to apply for College Credit Plus funding? updated

More information will be posted soon, including instructions and videos.

 

Updated October 5, 2017

6. The funding application is due soon, but I haven’t received a letter of acceptance yet from the college or university. What can I do? 

Note: Students should apply early to complete the process well in advance of the deadline.

Please contact the college or university and request a “conditional” letter of acceptance. This letter can indicate that they have received the student’s application and the student’s acceptance into the College Credit Plus program is dependent on receipt and review of ACT/SAT scores, high school transcript, etc. This can be in the form of an email or letter that can be scanned and uploaded. The email or letter should have the institution’s logo or a valid email address from a college representative.

 

Updated July 11, 2017

7. How do we access my son’s/daughter’s funding award letter?

To view your award letters, log in to your SAFE account. Note that the sign-in page has been updated, but all other sections of the application will remain the same as when you applied. Click on the “College Credit Plus” link and choose “College Credit Plus Homeschool” or “College Credit Plus Nonpublic” as applicable for your student. Search for your student by last name and open the application by clicking on the magnifying glass under the “Details” column. In the “Award Details” table, click on the “Award Letter” link to view the letter. Provide a copy of the award letter to the college or university in order to register for classes.

If you submitted the funding application with a “conditional” letter of acceptance, please email the final acceptance letter to beth.lewis@education.ohio.gov.

Please note that all funds have been distributed, and the Ohio Department of Education does not anticipate another round of funding for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Added June 14, 2017

8. What information is available for College Credit Plus as we plan for the 2018-2019 school year?updated

For Homeschooled Students, please review the Homeschooled College Credit Plus Information Session presentation. Students will need to also use the Homeschooled Student Intent to Participate form.

For students who attend a private/non-public school, please review the Nonpublic Credit Plus Information Session presentation. Students will also need to use the Nonpublic Intent to Participate form.

More information will be posted soon including instructions and videos.

 

Added October 5, 2017

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Section C: FAQs for School District & Postsecondary Institution Administrators

 

The Basics

1. Is every student previously admitted to PSEO automatically admitted to College Credit Plus at the same institution? Does PSEO information automatically convert to College Credit Plus?

See FAQ #10 in Section A, above.

2. Is the College Credit Plus meeting mandatory if a student wishes to participate in the program? 

While students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend their high school’s College Credit Plus information session (scheduled prior to February 15), attendance is not mandatory for College Credit Plus program participation. Additionally, the high school MUST provide counseling services to students and parents in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 3365.04(B), and both parent and student MUST sign a form acknowledging that they received the high school’s counseling prior to CCP participation. A high school (or district) may schedule a designated CCP counseling meeting for parents and students and notify parents and students of the time and location of the scheduled meeting; however, the parents’ and students’ attendance at the designated meeting cannot be a mandatory requirement for CCP student participation. The high school must allow the parent and student to schedule an alternative time or mechanism for receipt of the required counseling.

Updated June 2, 2017

3. Does a student have to be an Ohio resident to participate in College Credit Plus?

Please see FAQ #5 in Section A, above.

4. Are institutions of higher education required to pay for ACT or SAT exam fees for students?updated

Based on House Bill 49, institutions must provide one assessment to CCP students. More details will be added soon.

 

Updated July 11, 2017

5. Do male students who turn 18 years of age need to report their Selective Service number to the public college or university which they are attending under the College Credit Plus program? 

Under the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code 3345.32, a male student born after December 31, 1959, who is at least 18 years of age and who is classified as an Ohio resident by the public college or university he is attending, is required to be registered with the Selective Service System. The male student is required to provide his Selective Service number to the public college or university within 30 days of his 18th birthday. If he does not submit his Selective Service number, the student will not be considered a College Credit Plus participant for that current semester or term and will be responsible for any tuition, textbooks, or fees associated with the classes for which he is enrolled.

 

Updated May 15, 2017

High School-Related

6. Can a school district still require CCP students to complete certain courses at the high school?

No. High schools cannot require students to take certain courses either at the high school or at the college; however, students participating in CCP must satisfy Ohio’s graduation requirements to earn a high school diploma. Refer to the High School Graduation Course Substitution Crosswalk document for more information.

 

ORC 3365.12

7. Can school districts or high schools incentivize students to take AP classes instead of College Credit Plus by changing the grading scale for AP classes, such as making the “A+” worth 12 points, “A” worth 11 points and “A-“ worth 10 points?

No. There are three advanced standing programs recognized by Ohio law: Advanced Placement (AP), College Credit Plus (CCP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Ohio Administrative Code Section 3333-1-65.2 (B)(7) prohibits a practice that disadvantages a student who chooses to participate in one advanced standing program over another advanced standing program. Therefore, if a district or high school creates a different grading scale for Advanced Placement (AP) that weights a student’s “A+” grade greater than an “A” grade, since it is not common practice for postsecondary institutions to award “+”or “-“ grades, then the higher grade scale must be applied to the grades of college students under College Credit Plus. Otherwise, students who choose to participate in College Credit Plus would be disadvantaged.

 

ORC 3365.04

8. Can the high school require teacher recommendation for participation in College Credit Plus courses?

No. High schools may not place any restrictions upon student participation in College Credit Plus, including requiring high school teacher recommendations. Each institution of higher education sets its own standards for measuring students’ college-readiness. Each institution of higher education applies its admission standards and selects data to be considered.

 

ORC 3365.03, 3365.05

9. Can a high school "block" a student from participation in CCP if school officials feel s/he is not prepared or not performing well, even if s/he tests as college-ready? Can a building implement its own requirements for which students will be allowed to test?

No. Schools cannot enact participation requirements beyond those stated in law. However, school counselors should work with parents to discuss options and share teacher feedback as families consider the College Credit Plus option.

 

ORC 3365.03

School Districts’ Financial Responsibility

10. Are schools responsible for transportation or transportation costs?

No.

 

ORC 3365.034, 3365.08

11. If a high school student meets all HS graduation requirements before the end of his or her senior year, is the school district still responsible to pay for that student's College Credit Plus college courses?

Yes. Students are allowed to participate in College Credit Plus for all four years of high school.

 

ORC 3365.03, 3365.031

12. When a school district purchases college books for students taking CCP courses, can the district require those students to return the books upon successful course completion? Alternately, if the student wants to keep a book after they complete the course, can the school district request that the student pay for it?

Absolutely! The prohibition against charging students pertains to a charge creating a barrier for CCP student participation. If purchased by the district, the district will own the educational tool (book) and certainly if the student does not return it, or unreasonably damages it so that it cannot be used by another student, the student can be required to purchase the book from the district. The district may also offer students the opportunity to purchase the instructional tool after the course.

13. I thought that a public school student could take 30 credit hours each academic year. How does our school district calculate the actual number of credit hours a student can take each year? 

In order to determine the number of credit hours a student can take in a year, the secondary school must calculate the number of course credits that are for high school credit only and multiply that by 3. That number is then subtracted from the 30 hours. The result is the maximum number of credit hours a student can take in the College Credit Plus program. (This is based on a semester system.)

30 – (high school only credits x 3) = Maximum number of College Credit Plus credit hours

This calculation must be completed each year for a student as the high school credits may change. Also, students may only take a maximum of 120 credit hours in the program.

If students would like to take more than the maximum number of credit hours, the student can arrange to register and pay for those additional credit hours as a “self-pay” student. Those hours would be outside of the College Credit Plus program.

For more information on “self-pay,” please review FAQ #19 in Section C, below.

 

OAC 3333-1-65.2

 

Added April 3, 2017

Courses/Classes

14. Under the "3 credit hours = 1 Carnegie unit" formula, 30 credit hours of College Credit Plus equals 10 HS credits. Do high schools have to count all 10 or can they limit these to the number of bells offered to non-CCP students (7 periods/day)?

High schools must award all 10 credits. Student attainment of high school credit cannot be limited due to their participation in the College Credit Plus program.

 

ORC 3365.04, 3365.12

15. Are school districts required to host a CCP course at a local high school, or is it okay to have students participate in courses only at a partnering college/university? 

School districts are not required to host College Credit Plus courses within their district. Students can enroll in courses at a college campus, online, or at a high school, if available.

 

OAC 3333-1-65.1

16. Are students allowed to take college courses that are not aligned with a degree? For example, if a student wanted to take a physical education course? 

Yes. All students who participate in College Credit Plus are required to meet Ohio’s high school graduation requirements and can use credits earned at the high school, at the college, or a combination of the two. A student may choose any (non-remedial and non-religious) course s/he is qualified to take that is in a college course catalogue and that applies toward a college degree or workforce certification.

 

ORC 3365.12

17a. A former high school student reported to the school counselor that the public college/university, which the student is now attending, did not accept the College Credit Plus (CCP) course credit for an English course that she earned at another public college/university. The English course is part of the Ohio Transfer Module. The student also had credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam with a score of 3. Why wasn’t the CCP credit accepted? updated

Colleges and universities can only grant credit for a college course one time. For example: A student completed the AP English Literature exam and scored a 3 in her junior year of high school. During her senior year, she earned credit in an English composition course through College Credit Plus. When the student attempts to claim the AP credit (based on the exam) and to transfer the college credit (based on the CCP participation), the receiving institution of higher education can only grant credit for one English composition course.

Another question that can be posed is “Why are students given credit for an English composition course when the AP course is English Literature?”

Faculty from public institutions of higher education collaborated on the “Advanced Placement Course Credit Alignment Recommendations” and agreed that the AP English Literature course provides instruction on becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The public institutions agreed that the recommended course credit for AP exam scores of 3 is the initial college-level First Writing course (TME001) in the Ohio Transfer Module. The university/college determines course credit for scores of 4 and 5.

Therefore, if a student completes the AP exam for English Literature and also takes a CCP course in Composition, the student can only receive credit for one college-level Composition course.

Advisors and school counselors should keep this in mind when discussing course selections with CCP students who have already completed AP exams.

Recommended resources include the following:

 

Added June 21, 2017

17b. When students have completed college courses while in high school, are they considered first-time students or transfer students when they apply to a public institution after high school graduation? updated

Based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) definition, students who enter the institution with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school) are considered First-time Students. Ohio Revised Code 3365.03 requires the following: Upon a student's graduation from high school, participation in the college credit plus program shall not affect the student's eligibility at any public college for scholarships or for other benefits or opportunities that are available to first-time college students and are awarded by that college, regardless of the number of credit hours that the student completed under the program.

 

Added 9/1/2017

Student Financial Responsibility

18. Some school districts used to charge a fee for dual enrollment (either from the college or from the high school). Can they charge a fee to students for College Credit Plus? 

Schools may not charge a fee to students who are taking College Credit Plus at an Ohio public college. There may be a limited charge for those students who attend an Ohio private college.

 

ORC 3365.07

 

Updated March 27, 2017

19. If a student takes more than 30 credit hours in a year, what is the student/family responsible to pay?

Students who register for more than 30 credit hours will be responsible to pay for the entire course that placed them over the 30 hour limit. Because that class is “outside of CCP,” public institutions of higher education must charge their regular tuition rate, unless obtaining a Chancellor approved tuition waiver. It is very important to note that students must be informed of the fact that they are over the 30 hours prior to the course starting date. Institutions of higher education must inform the school of all student registrations with a pre-term notice at least 14 days before the course begins. Secondary schools must review the notice (or multiple notices if students are registered with more than one institution) to determine the number of hours for which a student is registered. If the student is over the 30 hours, the school must inform the student of the option to drop the course before the census date or continue with the course as a “self-pay” student at the regular tuition rate.

For institutions of higher education who want to offer a discounted rate for students, please see FAQ #20 in Section C below for details on Tuition Waivers.

 

ORC 3365.04, 3365.05, 3365.06

 

Added April 3, 2017

Tuition

20. If an institution of higher education wants to charge a tuition rate that is different than the regular tuition credit hour rate for students who are registered for more than 30 hours or for nonpublic/home school students who did not receive enough allocated units, what does the IHE need to do?

In order to offer a waiver of tuition for a student or class of students at a public institution, the institution must submit a Tuition Waiver request to the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Public institutions should submit their requests well in advance of the upcoming academic year.

Please refer to the OhioHigherEd "Tuition & Fees" webpage for additional information.

21. What are the College Credit Plus default tuition rates for academic year beginning with summer 2017 through spring 2018? updated

Based on the Foundation amount of $6,010 for FY18 and $6,020 for FY19, the default tuition rates for College Credit Plus are indicated in this table:

  2017-2018 2018-2019
  Semesters Quarters Semesters Quarters
Ceiling $166.28 $110.85 $166.55 $111.04
Mid-level $83.14 $55.43 $83.28 $55.52
Floor $41.57 $27.71 $41.64 $27.76

 

Added: July 6, 2017

Grade Weighting

22. How should grades be weighted when the grading scales at the secondary school and the IHE do not match/align (e.g., high school utilizes plusses/minuses but college/university does not)?

The highest grade that is achievable on the grading scales should have equal weight. For example, if the high school’s highest grade is an A+ and that equals 5.3 on the high school weighted scale, then a student earning an A in a College Credit Plus course will earn a 5.3 weight as well. (Weighted courses in same subject area.)

 

ORC 3365.04

 

Added February 7, 2017 

23. What are the statute and rule describing the “weighting of grades” for advanced standing courses including College Credit Plus, AP, IB, and honors courses?

Ohio Revised Code 3365.04 

Each public and participating nonpublic secondary school shall do all of the following with respect to the college credit plus program:

Implement a policy for the awarding of grades and the calculation of class standing for courses taken under division (A)(2) or (B) of section 3365.06 of the Revised Code. The policy adopted under this division shall be equivalent to the school's policy for courses taken under the advanced standing programs described in divisions (A)(2) and (3) of section 3313.6013 of the Revised Code or for other courses designated as honors courses by the school. If the policy includes awarding a weighted grade or enhancing a student's class standing for these courses, the policy adopted under this section shall also provide for these procedures to be applied to courses taken under the college credit plus program.

 

Ohio Administrative Code 3333-1-65.2

The policy for awarding of grades and the calculation of class standing for college credit plus courses adopted and implemented by a district or secondary school pursuant to division (E) of section 3365.04 of the Revised Code shall not disadvantage students who choose to participate in college credit plus rather than in other advanced standing programs, including advanced placement and international baccalaureate.

Established policies shall not provide higher value to any course provided through one advanced standing program as defined in section 3313.6013 of the Revised Code than to a course within the same academic subject area provided by another advanced standing program. A higher value shall also not be granted to honors courses.

 

Added April 14, 2017

24. School districts need clarification on when a course must be weighted or when the district has the local option of weighting a College Credit Plus course. For instance, what does a district do when the district 1) has weighted advanced standing courses in the same subject; or 2) has courses in the same subject, but does not weight the courses; or 3) has no courses in the same subject? updated

To clarify when a course MUST be weighted (required by law) or when a course MAY be weighted (local policy decision), please review the following chart:

LOCAL SITUATION (IF...) OUTCOME (... THEN)

1. District HAS a Weighted Honors, AP, or IB course in a Subject Area. 

Example: The school offers English (or other courses) and the grading scale for those English courses is weighted.

The district MUST weight a CCP course in that Subject Area

2. District DOES NOT HAVE a Weighted Honors, AP, or IB course in a Subject Area

Example: The school offers Business courses (or other subject), but the grading scale for those courses is not weighted.

The district CANNOT weight CCP courses in that Subject Area

3. District HAS NO Honors, AP, or IB course in a Subject Area

Example: The school does not offer any courses in Culinary Arts (or other subjects); therefore, the district has no grading scale assigned.

The district MAY weight CCP courses higher than non-advanced standing courses in that Subject Area

Please refer to the High School Graduation Requirements Crosswalk document pdf to review what courses can serve as substitutions within a subject area (e.g., college-level composition and communication courses can substitute for English requirements, so these are in the same subject area).

 

ORC 3365.04

 

Updated September 1, 2017

Graduation Requirements

25. Why should school districts pay for college courses if students can take a class at their local school that satisfies the graduation requirements?

College Credit Plus courses provide students with both college and high school credit, simultaneously. Courses taken through College Credit Plus also satisfy high school graduation requirements.

 

ORC 3365.12

26. What happens if a college course does not meet all of the standards/expectations of a student's HS graduation requirement? (Example: a three-hour college composition course to replace English 12)

Under College Credit Plus, any college course in a given subject will by definition satisfy a high school graduation requirement. When an institution of higher education admits a student, they are certifying that the student has the prerequisite high school-level academic skills needed to be successful in that college course.

 

ORC 3365.04

27. Can high schools determine which College Credit Plus courses are appropriate substitutions for the district's graduation requirements? 

No. High schools cannot determine which College Credit Plus courses are appropriate substitutions. School counselors should make recommendations based upon the students career path choices and should ensure that students are on track to complete all high school graduation requirements. Refer to the High School Graduation Course Substitution Crosswalk document for more information.

 

ORC 3365.12

 

Updated May 31, 2017

28. Can CCP courses in American History, American Government, and Physical Science/Biology meet the graduation requirements? 

Students may earn graduation points through approved substitute tests:

College Credit Plus courses or approved AP/IB tests, in the subject area, will satisfy the EOC graduation requirement of American history, American government, physical science (class of 2018 only) and biology; and the college course grade earned under College Credit Plus or AP/IB test score may earn graduation points in place of the end-of-course tests as provided here.

It is important to note, while students can earn graduation points for CCP coursework and AP/IB test scores in biology, all schools must administer the biology end-of-course tests to all students in order to satisfy federal testing requirements. CCP students may use their course grade and AP/IB students may use their test scores OR the biology end-of-course test score to earn graduation points, whichever is higher.  A student completing a CCP course in American History or American Government will not need to sit for the end-of-course tests in the subject area and may earn graduation points based on the letter grade in the course.

There are no CCP/AP/IB substitutions for mathematics or English language arts.  Students may use math and English language arts CCP/AP/IB courses to satisfy the curriculum requirements but schools must administer the EOC tests to students to earn graduation points.

 

ORC 3365.12

 

Updated February 27, 2017

29. Does the financial literacy requirement for HS graduation still apply to students who take courses through CCP? 

Integrating the concepts of financial literacy and economics remains a required activity of each school. Under College Credit Plus, a student may take a college social science or humanities course and that will satisfy the social studies graduation requirement. As in all cases under CCP, there is no allowable “curriculum match” analysis between a secondary class and a college course. A college course, in the subject area, will satisfy the student’s graduation requirement in that subject area.

 

Updated March 21, 2017

Receiving Tuition Payment

30. How do I submit my CCP Student Rosters to ODHE/ODE for tuition payment from the participating districts/schools?

The College Credit Plus (CCP) Data for Payment webpage explains the file layout and data definitions, and also contains a link to the website that institutions should use to upload student rosters to ODHE/ODE for payment. 

31. Which district IRN should be reported for JVSD/career-technical students in the College Credit Plus Student Data File submitted by the Institutes of Higher Education (IHE)?

The IHE should submit all students in the CCP Student Data File using the DISTRICT IRN of the “home” school. In conjunction with data submissions to the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education, the payment will be deducted from the correct entity based on the percentage of time the student is enrolled at each location.

 

Added December 6, 2016

Attendance/Truancy (House BIll 410)

 

32. What are the requirements related to attendance and truancy for College Credit Plus students?

Please review the House Bill 410 FAQ document (pages 17 – 18) for details

 

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Section D: Proposed Improvements for College Credit Plus: Budget House Bill 49 

1. What has been proposed for changes to College Credit Plus (CCP) in the Governor’s Executive Budget, House Bill 49? 

The proposed changes are described in this document.

 

Added March 27, 2017

2. Who created these proposed changes? Why weren’t more people asked for ideas?

The proposed changes are a culmination of suggestions made by hundreds of people throughout Ohio who are engaged in College Credit Plus. The Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education involved stakeholders such as students; parents; secondary school administrators, staff, and teachers (public and nonpublic); postsecondary administrators, staff, and faculty (private, public, 2-year, and 4-year); legislators; homeschooled parents and students; and education association members and representatives. The feedback was received during several formal meetings with stakeholders and advisory committee and informal meetings in person, through email, and via phone.

 

Added March 27, 2017

3. Are these proposed changes definitely going to happen? 

As part of the biennium budget process for the state of Ohio, the proposed changes for CCP are in House Bill 49 which will be reviewed, discussed, and modified in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. The General Assembly members will create a joint final budget based on the discussions and testimonies over the next few months. This joint budget bill, after approval by the full General Assembly, will be reviewed by the Governor on or before June 30, 2017.

 

Added March 27, 2017

4. When will these proposed changes be implemented?

The proposed changes may be modified, eliminated, or remain the same as the bill goes through the process in the General Assembly. The final joint budget bill will provide the guidance needed on what changes will be implemented and when the changes will be implemented. As soon as the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education has information about those details, the departments will post on this FAQ page.

 

Added March 27, 2017

5. Are institutions of higher education required to pay for ACT or SAT exam fees for students? 

As part of the continued conversation related to students who want to participate in College Credit Plus (CCP) at institutions of higher education which require ACT or SAT scores, I am writing to provide an update. The Ohio Department of Higher Education and Ohio Department of Education still uphold the tenets of providing access to college courses for college-ready students at minimum or no cost to the students/families. After careful consideration of the concerns of requiring institutions to pay for ACT or SAT exam fees for students, the decision has been made to propose amendments to Ohio Revised Code 3365.05 and Ohio Administrative Code 3333-1-65.3 to include language for institutions of higher education to utilize Accuplacer and align the scores to ACT/SAT for purposes of admission to the CCP program or to provide access to the ACT or SAT exam one time at no cost to students who are economically disadvantaged and who do not have access to a fee waiver from ACT or SAT.

As the Department works through the process of proposing this amendment to statute and rule through the budget process, we will keep you posted if more information becomes available. In the meantime, institutions may continue the current processes that are in place.

 

Date: April 21, 2017

6. What is the current status of the Proposed Improvements for College Credit Plus in House Bill 49? updated

UPDATE #4 (June 29, 2017)

The Conference Committee approved their version of House Bill 49 on June 27, 2017. This new version of House Bill 49 was approved by the Ohio General Assembly on June 28, 2017. The Bill is now being reviewed by the Governor’s office.

  • The LSC has compiled an updated Comparison Document pdf that reviews the differences of the Executive, House, and Senate versions and the approved Conference Committee version.
  • For the entire document, visit this webpage pdf.

 

UPDATE #3 (June 23, 2017):

The Senate has voted on House Bill 49, and the Conference Committee will create a compromise bill for the budget.

  • The Legislative Service Commission (LSC) has compiled a Comparison Document pdf that highlights the items on which the Executive, House, and Senate have differences. (attached file)
  • For the entire document, visit this webpage pdf.

 

UPDATE #2 (June 13, 2017):

The Senate Finance Committee has released the HB 49 Sub-Bill. As with the House version, a “Comparison Document” has been created by the LSC.

  • For the pages specifically addressing College Credit Plus provisions (extracted from the LSC document), please click here for the Senate Finance Committee Sub-Bill pdf.
  • For the entire document, visit this webpage and click on the agency in which you are interested. 

When the full Senate votes on HB 49 Sub-Bill, this FAQ will be updated again.

 

UPDATE #1 (May 2, 2017):

As of May 2, 2017, the Ohio House of Representatives (132nd General Assembly) passed House Bill 49 with amendments and modifications to the “As Introduced” Executive Budget. The “Comparison Document” by the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) provides a complete description comparing the “Executive (As Introduced)” version to the “As Passed by the House” version. The link to the entire document is: http://www.lsc.ohio.gov/fiscal/comparedoc132/hp/comparedoc-hb49-hp.pdf

If you would like to review the pages addressing the College Credit Plus specific provisions and amendments (extracted from the LSC document), please click here for those pages.

At this time, the “As Passed by the House” version of the Budget is with the Ohio Senate. The Senate will conduct hearings related to the Bill over the next few weeks. Please check these webpages for committee schedules and documents:

 

Added to CCP FAQ page: May 8, 2017

7. What is the current status of the Ohio biennium budget?updated

The Ohio biennium budget was signed by Governor Kasich on June 30, 2017.  

  • The complete Amended Substitute House Bill 49 can be viewed here pdf.
  • The Statement of the Reasons for the Veto of Items in Am. Sub. HB 49 can be viewed here pdf. The item for College Credit Plus is #12.
  • Updated and specific College Credit Plus provision information will be added soon.

 

Added July 3, 2017

8. What are the College Credit Plus default tuition rates for academic year beginning with summer 2017 through spring 2018? updated

Based on the Foundation amount of $6,010 for FY18 and $6,020 for FY19, the default tuition rates for College Credit Plus are indicated in this table:

  2017-2018 2018-2019
  SEMESTERS QUARTERS SEMESTERS QUARTERS
Ceiling $166.28 $110.85 $166.55 $111.04
Mid-level $83.14 $55.43 $83.28 $55.52
Floor $41.57 $27.71 $41.64 $27.76

 

Added: July 6, 2017

9. Is there a summary sheet of the changes to College Credit Plus?updated

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