Clinton County Succeeds

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Clinton County Succeeds is a collaborative and innovative effort aimed at attracting students to earn a bachelor's degree and stay in the Wilmington area. Among the partners in Clinton County Succeeds are the City of Wilmington, Wilmington High School, Southern State Community College, Wilmington College and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission.

SSCC Wilmington Campus

What is Southern State’s role?

Southern State wants to expand higher education options to students currently enrolled in Wilmington City Schools and minimize the cost of attending college. We know it all boils down to dollars and cents so, if you’re asking, "How can I minimize my cost of attending college?" the answer is simple. You can...

1. Start your college career while still in high school.

Take Southern State courses at Wilmington High School or at one of our four Campus Locations. College Credit Plus is guaranteed by State legislation and offered at NO COST to the student’s family. Visit College Credit Plus to learn more about getting started.

To learn more about the college options offered onsite at Wilmington High School, contact your school guidance counselor.

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2. Apply for financial aid and scholarships.

A Wilmington High School graduate will find Southern State Community College an affordable option in comparison to many other colleges or universities. With annual tuition at a mere $5132* and a number of scholarship and financial aid programs available, Southern State is a sensible choice for economically savvy students.

Graduates of Wilmington High School, who have attended there during their sophomore, junior, and senior year, are eligible to apply for a variety of scholarships including the Clinton County Succeeds Scholarship**. Scholarships are last-dollar awards up to $1000. Priority is given to students who are not eligible for other sources of aid and who have maintained a 2.8 grade point average. Applicants must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible.

* Tuition for 2022–2023 Academic year. The College reserves the right to change the fee schedule prior to the start of a semester. In the event this happens, students will receive a new billing statement which reflects revisions.

** Awards are made on a first-come, first served basis until funding is exhausted. Effective for the 2021–2022 academic year. Scholarship availability is evaluated annually in October and contingent upon donor funding.

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Sounds interesting but, what if I want to get my bachelor’s degree? How can I make sure my courses transfer?

Most simply, stick with the basics and identify your next college as soon as you are able. In addition to courses approved through Ohio Transfer 36, Southern State has articulated a number of Transfer Agreements with Wilmington College and others that essentially map out a specific academic pathway.

In terms of affordability, Wilmington College unquestionably offers the biggest bang for your investment! To fully benefit from the educational pathway paved for you through Clinton County Succeeds, check out how Wilmington College is rewarding your commitment to Clinton County.

Okay... now what? What are my next steps?

1. Visit the Campus and/or Apply for Admission

You are always welcome to visit the campus and if you would prefer to start the process face-to-face, come on in and see us. You can schedule a visit with our recruiter, Kaylynn Bell, by calling her at 800.628.7722 x2677 or emailing her at

Or, if you are ready to jump right in, Apply for Admission today!

2. Pay for College

The most basic starting point is applying for financial aid and institutional scholarships. This tends to be the most involved part of the process so it’s best to get an early start by visiting Apply for Financial Aid.

3. Placement Assessment and Register for Courses

You’ve applied, you have your financial arrangements squared away, and now it’s time to get registered for courses. But, before you decide what classes to take, we ask that you take an assessment to determine where you will be most successful. The dates, times and scheduling instructions are available on the Placement Assessment page.

From here, you will meet directly with an advisor and attend new student orientation. Schedule an appointment with the Advising Center.

What if I still have more questions?

Great! Contact us today and we’ll be glad to help. Or stop by and see us on our North Campus in Wilmington.

  • Dr. Nicole Roades, President