Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges 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. Taking a college course from a public college or university through College Credit Plus is free. That means no cost for tuition, books or fees if you attend public school in the state of Ohio. Are you interested in earning college credit at no cost during grades 7-12? The information for the annual CCP meeting for the 2021-22 school year will be shared via the attached links. We will not host a face to face meeting this year with our university CCP partners. Please review this information before signing the required letter of intent for the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions or would like to set up an individual appointment, please contact High School Counselor Tammy Cress at email@example.com or 740-223-4300.
COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS (CCP) GUIDELINES FOR ELGIN STUDENTS
LETTER OF INTENT
College Credit Plus allows students to take a college course and earn college credits while in high school, on a full- or part-time basis. The goal of this option is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and expose students to options beyond the high school classroom. Students choosing a course offered through a public college or university in Ohio will have tuition, fees and books provided.
What are the advantages of College Credit Plus?
- Earn both transcripted college credit and high school credit upon successful completion of the course
- Eliminate duplication of high school and college course content
- Increase the rigor and challenge of course offerings while in high school
- Decrease (or eliminate) the cost of college tuition
How are College Credit Plus Courses delivered?
- Courses may be delivered within the high school building by a credentialed high school instructor
- Courses may be delivered within the high school building by a college instructor
- Courses may be delivered on the college campus
- Courses may be delivered online or in a blended learning format
Who pays for college admission, textbooks, fees, and transportation?
The cost for families to participate at a public college or university under CCP is at no cost, including admission, textbooks, and fees. Responsibility for transportation rest with the students/families. A student/family should not purchase textbooks on their own.
- Repayment charges will occur under the following circumstances:
- Final grade of an F/Failure in the CCP course(s)
- Withdrawing from the CCP course(s) after the add/drop deadline
- Poor attendance in the CCP course(s)
*** Like with all school fees, diploma/transcripts/records may be held until fees are paid.
- Graduation: Another potential consequence of failing or withdrawing from the CCP course is the inability to complete the secondary school's graduation requirements, therefore, not graduating.
How do students qualify for College Credit Plus?
They must apply to the college/university and demonstrate college readiness by submitting qualifying test scores from ACT, SAT, or college specific placement tests.
How will College Credit Plus courses impact my GPA?
Grades for CCP courses ARE factored into the student’s GPA, however, the college calendar may not match up with the Elgin calendar. Therefore, some CCP grades may not get computed into the GPA until the next grading period. THIS CANNOT BE AVOIDED. Students must obtain prior approval from the Guidance Office for any CCP class they wish to count towards an Elgin graduation requirement. CCP classes taken at Elgin automatically count toward graduation.
All CCP courses will receive an added value:
- A+, A, A- = .0375
- B+, B, B- = .025
- C+, C, C- = .0125
What are my academic and social responsibilities?
The student is expected to follow the rules and regulations set by the college/university, in addition to being expected to follow the rules and regulations detailed in the EHS Student Handbook. Students must obtain prior approval from the Guidance Office for any CCP class. CCP classes approved through Elgin automatically count toward graduation. Students must still attend ALL classes at Elgin as long as it provides enough time to get to your CCP site in time for class. ELGIN KEEPS ALL STUDENT CCP SCHEDULES ON FILE, SO WE ARE AWARE OF WHEN AND WHERE YOUR COURSES ARE HELD. Students are also required and expected to check their college/university email for CCP communications as it relates to their course(s). **Elgin is paying for you to take CCP courses, so we expect every effort to attend classes. Student must attend CCP courses unless cancelled at that site.
How does College Credit Plus impact athletic eligibility?
- Students must remain eligible in accordance with the OHSAA bylaws.
- Students must be enrolled in 5 (HS or equivalent) credits and maintain a 1.6 GPA.
- College credits are not equal to HS credits - see conversion chart.
- It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that they are taking the required amount of credits to retain athletic eligibility. See School Counselor or Athletic Director for assistance.
- Elgin High School makes every effort to obtain current grades from CCP sites when determining eligibility at the end of every grading period.
How are college credits converted to high school credits?
- 3+ semester credit hours = 1.0 high school Carnegie Credit
- 2 semester credit hours = .67 high school Carnegie Credit
- 1 semester credit hour = .33 high school Carnegie Credit
Will College Credit Plus credits transfer to other colleges/universities?
Many credits earned through CCP are transferable to both public and private institutions in Ohio and out of the state. Two websites are available to help students fully understand what courses will transfer: www.transferology.org or www.ohiomeanssuccess.gov
How does FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy ACT) affect CCP students?
CCP students are college students and subject to FERPA. For regular college students, this means that college records are not released to anyone, even parents, without written permission from the student. For CCP students, the high school and the college may exchange information.
What if I have a Specialized Education Plan?
Students who have a specialized education plan, such as a 504 or IEP, will need to contact the College’s Disabilities Service Department for eligibility determination. The College’s Disabilities Service Department will determine the supports a student may have in the CCP course, even when the course is delivered at EHS. It is important that the student is proactive and a self advocate for their needs. The CCP Coordinator can assist in reaching out to the college, but the student must carry out the process.
Underperforming CCP Students
Students in the College Credit Plus program may be deemed “underperforming” and may be placed on CCP Probation according to the college/universities’ academic policies.
Students in the College Credit Plus program may be deemed “ineligible” and may be placed on CCP Dismissal when the student meets the definition of an underperforming student for two consecutive terms of enrollment.
ELGIN LOCAL SCHOOLS
College Credit Plus
Letter of Intent Form
This is to certify that I have received information and counseling related to the College Credit Plus (CCP) Program. This information/counseling included the following:
- Program Eligibility
- Program Options
- Financial Arrangements/Obligations
- Academic Credit
- Support Services Available
- Grade Point Averages
- Graduation Requirements
- Academic and Social Responsibilities
- Athletic Eligibility Requirements
We have read the CCP guidelines in its entirety and we understand the potential positive and negative consequences that could result from participation and take full responsibility for the decision to participate. We agree to release the Elgin Local School District from any liability or responsibility related to participation in the program.
Due Date: April 1st, 2021 to the Elgin High School Student Services Office
Student Signature Date
Parent Signature Date