If you are a 7th through 12th grade student interested in obtaining college credits before graduation, the College Credit Plus (CCP) program might be for you.
Please note that some academic programs at Southern State require high school graduation or completion of the GED and may exclude entrance under CCP. In most cases, though, admission is based on the high school grade of the applicant.
Online CCP application will be available beginning February 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.
College Credit Plus Informational Video
What are the Benefits?
- College Credit Plus provides the opportunity for students to pursue college-level coursework while still in high school.
- Under College Credit Plus, high school students can complete just a few classes, their entire freshman year of college, or more. Some even graduate high school with an Associate Degree which gives them a tremendous advantage in their college career.
- Earning college credits while still in high school can significantly reduce the time and cost of attending college after high school.
Am I eligible to participate?
- If you are a student in grades 7-12, you can apply for College Credit Plus admission to a public or participating private college. The college will admit you based upon meeting the statewide eligibility criteria.
- Your guidance counselor can help you understand your options, deadlines, and how to proceed. You may not participate in College Credit Plus beyond your anticipated high school graduation date.
- Southern State Community College will accept any of the state approved assessment exams and scores for eligibility into the SSCC/CCP program. Students must provide appropriate documentation to verify exam scores from other institutions. Please note: Students may repeat the assessment only once per academic year, please refer to Placement Retesting Policy. Students who have been admitted to the CCP program must meet prerequisites for each course they wish to take.
- Students must reflect a level of personal and social maturity which would make it possible for the student to adapt to a college level environment.
How do I get started?
- You, along with your parent or guardian, should attend the College Credit Plus (CCP) Information Night provided by your school.
- Work with your guidance counselor to complete the College Credit Plus Application for Admission and submit it, along with your High School Transcript, or Grade Report and state approved test scores (if applicable), to SSCC’s Records Office.
- SSCC's Records Office will send you a letter with information on how to schedule the Placement Assessment. Two weeks after your assessment, you will be notified by mail of your acceptance or denial into the program.
- After being accepted into the CCP program at SSCC, if students plan to take courses on SSCC campus, students must schedule an appointment to meet with a designated CCP advisor.
How much does it cost?
Most students choosing a public college, such as Southern State, will not be charged for tuition, required textbooks, or fees. Homeschool students, however, are responsible for their own textbooks. Responsibility for transportation rests with the student. Students choosing a private college may be charged by that college, depending on where the course is delivered.
Level 1 Course List
Ohio House Bill 49 was passed in 2018, resulting in several rule changes for College Credit Plus students for the 2018-2019 school year. View our Level 1 Course List for an overview of the Course Eligibility rule that will go into effect beginning Summer 2018.
Former CCP Student
“I attended Southern State when I was a senior in high school at no cost through this program. Attending Southern State was great and this program allowed me to transition from high school level coursework to college level coursework while choosing a career path.”
Former CCP Student
“Participating in this program allowed me to receive both high school and college credit for free! With a foundation from Southern State, reaching my career goal was more attainable. I highly recommend this program at Southern State.”
Other CCP Guidelines
Students enrolling in the program will be expected and required to perform at the same level as all regular students. CCP students are subject to the same policies and procedures, academic practices and grading standards as all other Southern State students.
Students will receive high school graduation credit as well as college credit. Tuition, fees, textbooks, and materials are provided at public expense. All student record information will be shared with the student's home high school.
Students who do not complete a course (fail, withdraw or receive any non-completion grade) may be required to reimburse their school district the cost of the course that was not completed and the cost of the book. Please see your districts policy.
Students will be responsible for the payment of any course that they attempt to repeat that has already been passed successfully. Students may repeat a course that was previously failed or withdrawn from.
Parents of students under 18 years of age need to be aware that all Southern State computers have free, unfettered access to the internet. Southern State computers do not use any type of filtering software.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to education records at all levels of education. At the point of becoming a Southern State student, FERPA rights become those of the student. Without written consent from the student, a dependent student’s information cannot be disclosed even to the parent. However, under the rules of College Credit Plus, the college reserves the right to communicate student record information with appropriate official(s) of the home high school. Information will not be released to parents without signed authorization from the student.
SSCC will assign all CCP students an academic advisor. Students should meet with their advisor prior to registration of each semester.
College Credit Plus will not fund remedial courses. Samples of SSCC remedial courses are, ENGL 0099 or below, MATH 1106, MATH 1116, MATH 1118, or MATH 1119. Below are additional non-allowable CCP funded courses.
- One-on-one private instruction course
- Course with fees that exceed amount set by Chancellor
- Study abroad courses
- Physical education courses
- P/F or S/U grades (unless the course is an internship or is a transferable course for all students enrolled)
- Sectarian religion course
Courses are non-allowable unless Chancellor approves for certificate or degree completion (six weeks prior to term request; see rule for details).
Students are permitted to participate in the CCP program during the summer, fall and spring semesters.
The state of Ohio requires any male student between the ages of 18 and 26 to be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for in-state residency (for tuition purposes) at Ohio public colleges and universities. Male students who turn 18 while taking classes under CCP must register within 30 days of his 18th birthday. If he does not submit his Selective Service number, the student will not be considered a College Credit Plus participant for that current semester or term and will be responsible for any tuition, textbooks, or fees associated with the classes for which he is enrolled.