College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus is an initiative to widen access to college credit while in high school.  Dual, transcripted credit, providing both high school credit and college credit, will be offered to students who qualify.  

Who?

Students, grades 7-12, who apply for admission to an Ohio college or university, and are accepted remediation-free to take college-level coursework.  Students should have the self-discipline and intellectual maturity necessary to complete coursework at the college level.

Why?

Students who are accepted by a university and fill out the required paperwork on time can take this coursework for free from any public university and many private universities.  Some private universities may have additional costs on top of the initial tuition covered by the State of Ohio.

How?
  1. By February 15, you should have either attended the informational meeting on College Credit Plus, or contacted Mrs. Welch to discuss the process, including risks and rewards. 
  2. Submit your “Intent to Participate” form and CCP Plan/FERPA Waiver to the school office by March 1. 
  3. We will copy the Intent form and return it for you to send in to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) by April 1
  4. Apply to colleges that you are interested in attending – we recommend completing this by March 1.  Search for the college name and “College Credit Plus” and you should be able to locate their application.  Part of the application process may be to send a transcript.  Transcripts can be requested through Naviance.  
  5. When you receive your acceptances, save them as a PDF to your computer.  Copies should be forwarded to Mrs. Welch (dwelch@nulllaca.org), and are also needed to request funding.
  6. To request funding, please create a SAFE account by April 15, or sign in if you created on previously.  The PARENT needs to create the account in their name and with their Driver’s License number, and then all students in the family requesting funding are added to the account. You will need to request funding for a specific number of credit hours and upload your acceptance letters.  Remember that Psychology and Composition are 3 credit hours each; other courses should be researched IN ADVANCE of requesting funding.  
  7. Once you have been notified by ODE that you will receive funding, you can contact the colleges that accepted you and begin registering for classes.  Do not sign up for classes during the school day without prior approval from the guidance department.
DOWNLOADS (updated 2/3/2017)
  • The information and overview pages can be viewed HERE.
  • The CCP Plan and FERPA Waiver due March 1 can be printed HERE.
  • The Powerpoint explaining CCP can be viewed HERE.
  • The “Intent to Participate” form, due April 1 to ODE can be printed from HERE.
  • The SAFE Account can be accessed (February 20-April 15) HERE.
  • The background and guidelines for College Credit Plus can be found on the Ohio Board of Regents website.
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS – Click below to apply

Central Ohio Technical College

The Ohio State University Academy – Newark Campus

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

University of Toledo

RISKS
  • If you earn a low grade, this will be included on your high school AND college transcript and calculated in the GPA.
  • Coursework is significantly more challenging and requires self-discipline and intellectual maturity.
  • If you fail a course, you may be required to reimburse the state for the cost of the class and the school for the book.
REWARDS
  • You can begin college coursework while in high school, thus lessening the requirements once you go to college.
  • You can explore academic areas that are not included in Newark Catholic’s curriculum.
  • The coursework is paid for by the state, pending on-time submission of paperwork.
TYPES OF COURSEWORK

 There are four ways that students can earn credit.

  1. Take a course in our building, taught by an adjunct professor from the university that comes into our building. Composition I and Psychology are offered this way through COTC.
  2. Take a class online.  This option offers the greatest flexibility, as well as the greatest responsibility for the student.  Consider the University of Toledo or COTC as sources for online courses, but many can be found throughout the state.
  3. Take a course on the college campus.  This is typically the most difficult of the options due to scheduling conflicts.  Be sure to discuss this option with a counselor before signing up for any class that is held on the campus.
HOW MANY COURSES CAN I TAKE?

Your first consideration should be if this is right for you.  This program has great potential, but can also put a lot of pressure on the high school students.  Remember that sitting in a college course on the college campus means interacting with students that are much older.  Taking an online class will require scheduling discipline and reliable internet access. Colleges may be bound by FERPA  to only communicate with the student regarding grades, so parents will not have the same access to information that they do at the high school level.  The demands of high school coursework increases throughout high school, and social and emotional health should also be a consideration.  Students should enjoy their high school experience, and classes they take through College Credit Plus should enhance their learning.

 

The formula that the Ohio Board of Regents is using to determine how many hours you can qualify to fund through the State of Ohio:

Add up the number of high school only courses.  Most NC students will have 5-7 periods of these.  Multiply this number by 3, and subtract the result from 30.  That is how many semester hours of coursework the student could potentially have fully funded by the state.  That is not necessarily the number of hours a student should take, so careful consideration should be given.

 

Example:     

Student “A” takes 6 high school only classes (Theology, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Speech, and Ceramics)

6 x 3 = 18

30 – 1812 (hours can be taken in college courses)

The student signs up for Composition and Psychology in our building (6 hours) and online Sociology (3 hours), “using up” 9 hours of classes

This leaves 3 hours that they choose to not use because of the fear of overloading their schedule

 

 


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