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Dr. Michelle Johnston speaks with Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor, John Carey about College Credit Plus. She also gets comments and perspectives from CCP students and parents. If you have thought about gaining college credit during high school then this show will answer many of your questions.

College Credit Plus 2016-17: Overview

Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Taking a college course from a public college or university is free. That means no cost for tuition, books or fees. If you choose to attend a private college or university, you may have limited costs. 

Your high school may have an agreement with a local college for specific courses; however, you can choose to take College Credit Plus courses from any college that offers a course that would benefit your future. This could include online courses.

 New This Year:

  • All public school, private school and homeschool students must declare their intent to participate by April 1, even if they participated last year. Letters of intent for private school and homeschool students must be uploaded from the “Forms” section below.  Letters of intent for public school students may be uploaded from the “Forms” section below.
  • To enhance data security, parents of private and homeschool students (ONLY) are required to establish a SAFE Account before their student can apply for funding (
  • All high schools must host an information session for families and students between October 1 and February 15. 

Key Information for Students & Families

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Important Dates

Process to Participate Runs From February 15 Through April 1

  • Talk with your school counselor. Discuss your interest in taking college courses and how it fits in with your overall academic plan and career goals.
  • Prior to March 1, your district will provide information about the College Credit Plus program to all students in grades 7-12. An informational session will be held and all colleges and universities within a 30-mile radius will be invited to attend before March 30. If you cannot attend, schedule an appointment with your school counselor.
  • By April 1, notify your school counselor if you intend to participate in College Credit Plus next year. After April 1, you will need permission from the school principal to participate.
  • Nonpublic and home school students must login to their SAFE accounts to apply for College Credit Plus Funding before April 15.

  • You and your family should contact colleges for information, application forms, and criteria for acceptance into College Credit Plus. Some materials are available from your high school counselor and at the college’s website. You must go through the procedures established by the colleges/universities to apply to College Credit Plus and to enroll in the course(s). You may have to take a college placement test to make sure you are college-ready. A map showing all Ohio public colleges can be found here. A map showing Ohio private colleges can be found here.
  • Prior to college class attendance, your high school counselor will assist you in determining a course’s equivalency to a high school course(s).


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