College Credit Plus
College Credit Plus (CCP) allows your student to attend local colleges to receive dual credit for both high school and college. The state provides a certain amount of credits to your student for free. As a homeschool student, the application process and the credit amount differs from those who attend public or private schools. Please keep in mind your student's maturity level and ability to handle adult/controversial content, as it WILL come up. It is good to look at the college catalog and try to determine what classes your student would take each semester, how much time/work would be required for that course and how that balances with the work the student needs to do through home school. This will help you determine the number of credits you will need to ask for. Please only ask for what you will use. If you ask for more than you will use, those are wasted and cannot be transferred to another student. Being diligent about what credits you will use , leaves the credits for others who could use them.
The deadline is April 1st at 5pm in the SPRING prior to the year that the student will use the credits. The application process usually opens of February 1st. Please do not wait to do the steps below as this deadline does run into some colleges spring break.
Some information and explanation:
1) Credits are offered to grades 7-12 only.
2) The student must attend a public, private or homeschool.
3) There are academic eligibility requirements that are determined by the
college. *** NEW in 22 -23 ** These are as follows:
a.) A standardized test score from ACT, SAT or Accuplacer (Accuplacer is what most colleges use to test your student to see if they are ready for college courses). Www.march2success.com is a great free website to improve
b.) A HS GPA of 3.0 unweighted or a HS GPA of 2.75 Weighted Plus and A or B In a relevant course. ***If your student is in 7 or 8th grade and has no high school GPA, they can still participate but must be accepted by the school. ***
4) Credits are given in 4 credit hour increments. (4, 8,12 etc.) It is imperative that you look at the college courses and determine what courses your student would like to do, can and has the time to do. Keep in mind how much
time/work would be required for that course and how that balances with the work the student needs to do through home school. Add up the credit hours and ONLY ask for that amount. Why? If you get credit hours and you do not
use them, they are lost and cannot be re-administered to another student. 12 credit hours is a full-time college student load. One credit hour = 3 hours of study time.
5) Credits are given from senior level down to 7th grade and if there are credits left, they start with seniors again. Students at the lower grade levels will more than likely only get 4 credit hours.
6) Think carefully when filling out the forms. You MUST state your students grade level. It cannot be changed.
7) You must sign a mature content permission slip. Colleges are exempt from the law when it comes to mature content. Yes, you read that correctly. FREE college credit is a great thing. You must think through your student’s
maturity level in all areas. Academically, socially, spiritually etc. Keep in mind that there are private colleges that are Christian based that participate in CCP. Cedarville, Malone, Hillsdale, etc. Content of the courses is available prior to the class. They should also be well rounded in all studies.
For example: Algebra 1 is the beginning of the high school math courses. If they are just starting that, they will not be able to do some college science courses. Then there is the Rule of 5 needed for college work. They must be
able to write: 1) Five-minute talk, 2) Five paragraphs, 3) Five-page research paper.
8) Your student MUST be accepted at a participating college (not all colleges participate).
9) Applications open on February 1st.
10) Deadline is April 1st at 5 pm, no later, for the school year that starts in the fall of that year. Please keep in mind that around this deadline is spring break for a lot of colleges. You MUST get the requirements done for them
so that you can have an acceptance letter. It takes some time and you will probably have to schedule an Accuplacer test before you can be accepted.
11) You are required to purchase your own textbooks.
Here are the steps you need to do at the Ohio Department of Education website.
Apply to Colleges: Most applications are online. Your student should be able to do this independently. Apply to more than one college. The reason being that you may or may not be accepted at a college and then you will have one to fall back on. However, the biggest reason is scheduling. That way you can pick the courses and schedules that fit best to what you have going on. Please note, some colleges do not participate in CCP.
At the College: Find out when the entrance testing is for each college and get that scheduled! All students must take the English/Language testing. If you are intending to take math courses you will also need to take the math entrance testing. Each college may have a different name for these test. They could use the same test or not, DO NOT assume.
The admission process will require you to send a transcript for your student with the courses they have completed and are currently taking though high school and their grades/credits given for each class and the total GPA. They may ask for your excusal letter and transcripts from other schools if you pulled them out of another school or they attend a school such as Auburn Career Center.
CCP Advisor Meeting: More than likely you will be required to have a meeting with a CCP advisor for each school. That will also take time to schedule!
Parent Account: Set up your parent account with the Ohio Department of Education called College Credit Plus Funding Application. On the ODE website are step by step instructions. You must then wait for “approval” of the account. You will receive an email. Sometimes it is a few minutes, other times it is a few days.
Upload: You must upload your excusal letter and then once the student has the acceptance letter for a college, those must be uploaded. Please upload the acceptance letter from all colleges your student has been accepted to. You can only apply CCP credits to the schools you have acceptance letters for. You should not upload just one. Also, please note, your student CANNOT get an acceptance letter until you have satisfied all that the colleges require.
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