What's New with College Credit Plus
February 3, 2016
This article provides important updates for Ohio high school students who are interested in taking Cedarville University courses for FREE through the state's College Credit Plus Program.
There have been many recent proposed changes to Ohio's College Credit Plus (CCP) program. These changes are scheduled to take effect by the end of February 2016. For some parents whose students utilize CCP funding, these changes may seem confusing. Today, guest contributor Paula Kordic, Coordinator of Cedarville’s College Now program, summarizes the changes that are most important for parents and school officials to understand.
- The school year for the CCP funding cycle will now begin with summer, and summer courses will become part of the following school year’s transcript.
- Private and home school students will still apply one time for funding, and the allocation received may be used for the upcoming summer, fall, and spring terms.
- The 30-credit-hour limit of funding for each academic year includes summer credits.
Private and home school application process
- The Intent to Participate form is still due April 1, and the funding application will be due April 8. Remember that applying for funding is a two-step process. The Intent to Participate form must be submitted first, followed by a funding application.
- Students who intend to include a Cedarville University College Now acceptance letter with their application for CCP funding must have their Cedarville College Now application complete by March 25.
Forms for 2016 are to be posted at Ohio Higher Ed’s website prior to Feb 15.
- One “allocation unit” will now be defined as no more than four credit hours.
- The process for awarding allocation units will be for each student to receive one allocation unit, beginning with seniors and moving through juniors, sophomores, freshmen, eighth graders, and finally seventh graders. If funding is still available, seniors will receive two allocation units. Lower grades will then receive one allocation unit in the same pattern as the first round until funding is depleted. The proposed rule provides an alternate procedure for scenarios in which funding is depleted at any point in the process.
- The exact date of notification of funding awards has not been announced.
Partial payment of a course
- If a student’s CCP funding falls short of the amount needed to pay for all the credits of a course, that course cannot be funded partially by CCP credits. The entire course becomes a self-pay course.
Reimbursement policy for dropped or failed courses
- A school district may seek reimbursement from a family if the student fails a course or if a student drops a course after the 14th calendar day following the start date of the course unless a student is identified as being economically disadvantaged.
- School districts must notify students and parents in writing prior to the 15th day after the course began, or the policy is in effect beginning with the summer term of academic year 2016–2017 and beyond.
As always, we're here to help! Refer to our College Now website for more information or contact one of College Now program advisers:
Mrs. Paula Kordic (937-766-3775)
Mrs. Alyssa Johnson (937-766-7463)