College Credit Plus
Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from colleges and/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.
Regardless of our high school having an agreement with a local college for specific courses; you can choose to take College Credit Plus courses that would benefit your future from any college. This includes online courses.
What is College Credit Plus?
Eligible students can take a course and earn high school and college credit that appears on both their high school and college transcripts. Teachers who teach a College Credit Plus course in a high school must receive professional development and be an adjunct professor at a college or university. All courses offered through College Credit Plus—even courses offered in the high school—must be the same course that the college offers. The course must apply to a degree or professional certificate. All College Credit Plus courses carry weighted grades (except CTAG) and all courses are recorded on the student’s transcript and count towards a student’s GPA.
Ohio needs more students who graduate college-and career-ready. College Credit Plus increases access for students who have not taken full advantage of the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school.
Ohio public school districts and Ohio public colleges and universities must participate in College Credit Plus. Nonpublic high schools and colleges or universities may choose to participate. To be eligible, students must meet the admission standards of the participating college or university to which they apply for enrollment.
Can I Participate?
If you are a student in grades 7-12 when entering the 2020-21 school year, you can apply for College Credit Plus admission to a public or participating private college. The college will admit you based on your college-readiness in one or more subject areas. Your school can help you understand your options, deadlines, and how to proceed.
Where Can I Take College Classes?
Some college courses 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.
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 courses offered by that college. Students can take courses offered in person or online by any public or participating private college in Ohio.
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 courses in your district.
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.
What Courses Are Available through College Credit Plus?
Once you are admitted to a college for College Credit Plus, College Credit Plus students must start with Level I courses for their First 15 credits. Once students have completed their First 15 credits, they can move on to Level II courses.
What 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.
Does College Credit Transfer After Graduation?
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 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 degree completion and launch successful careers! Earning college credit will not affect applications for financial aid/scholarships limited to entering freshmen.
Are Private School High School 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 department of education to receive funding to underwrite their costs.