Students intending to participate in the second year of College Credit Plus, the successful program that provides Ohio students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, can begin the notification process for the 2016-2017 school year on Feb. 15. College Credit Plus debuted at the start of the 2015-2016 school year, with more than 32,000 students enrolling to take advantage of the opportunity to get a jump start on college and reduce their costs toward a college degree.
College Credit Plus provides students with the opportunity to take college classes offered by any Ohio public college or university, or from any participating private postsecondary institution, at their high school, on the college or university campus, or online. The program allows students to explore college interests sooner and to earn college credits toward a degree before graduating from high school. It is free to families when students take courses offered by Ohio public colleges and universities.
Beginning Feb. 15, public high school students may notify their principal of their interest to participate, and non-public and homeschool students may send their letter of intent to participate to the Ohio Department of Education. All students must declare their intent to participate by April 1, including students who participated in the first year of College Credit Plus.
In an effort to give more students and families the opportunity to save on the cost of college, College Credit Plus now includes a summer term. Credits earned by taking courses through College Credit Plus during a summer term will be applied to students’ high school and college transcripts during the fall. Students and parents should check the summer term registration deadline for the college or university from which the student intends to take courses. Additional details and participation information are available at www.ohiohighered.org/ccp.
“As a parent, I have great appreciation for how this program can save families money in their total costs for college. Strengthening opportunities for students to earn college credit in high school has been a priority for the Kasich Administration, and I am delighted with the progress we have made to create lower-cost pathways to help students get a certificate or degree for their careers,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “Getting a jump on college gives students firsthand knowledge about the variety of courses available in college and the learning strategies associated with success in college.”
“College Credit Plus is a huge win for Ohio families, and we have seen tremendous enthusiasm for the program across the state,” said Interim State Superintendent Lonny J. Rivera of the Ohio Department of Education. “By earning college credits in high school, students can reduce the cost of and time in college. This means they can enter the job market and take advantage of exciting opportunities sooner.”
Ohio has significantly strengthened support for high school students to earn college credit over the past few years in its effort to make the pursuit of a college degree more affordable. The most recent state budget allocated $10 million to credential more teachers for college-level instruction and provide competitive grants to universities for teachers to become credentialed for College Credit Plus courses.
About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.