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College Now General FAQ

How are online courses structured?

Courses are asynchronous, meaning that there is no set time that you will meet together with your entire class. Courses are generally divided into one-week units, so you can accomplish weekly requirements at your own convenience as long as you keep up with the course calendar and meet all due dates and deadlines.

How much time should I plan on spending for my course?

Courses are typically formatted into 14-week or 16 week periods. A 3 semester credit hour course that runs 14 or 16 weeks will require about 8-10 hours of study time per week. Students who set aside time daily to interact with course material will experience the most success.

Do I need to have special computer requirements?

Your computer must meet these basic and minimum requirements, and you must have access to high-speed Internet.

What if I decide to drop a course?

Drop/refund deadlines for College Now students differ from drop/refund deadlines posted on the registrar's website for undergraduate students. Your College Now advisor will inform you of the deadlines and send periodic reminders to your Cedarville University email account. If you have questions about the drop/refund process, contact your College Now advisor.

Before dropping a course, consult with your College Now advisor and with your high school guidance counselor (if applicable), carefully considering the impact on both high school graduation requirements and your college transcript. You may need to consider the impact on high school athletic eligibility.

To initiate the process of dropping a course, contact your College Now advisor.

Will Cedarville’s College Now courses transfer to other universities?

Yes. Cedarville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org) and is certified by the Ohio Board of Regents. You should contact the registrar's office of a receiving institution prior to registering for any college course to confirm the transferability of credit.

Where can I find Cedarville University's academic program requirements?

You can easily view program requirements for Cedarville's majors and minors along with career opportunities associated with each program.
View Cedarville's current undergraduate academic course catalog.

Is there an orientation day before class begins?

Yes, College Now Kick Off is held annually in early August.

What if I decide to take a semester off?

If you decide to take a semester off from any college courses, inform your College Now Adviser of your plans. You will not have to complete a new application to register for any subsequent semester as long as you are still a high school student.

What if my high school break does not coincide with Cedarville University's break?

Students are expected to participate in their Cedarville University class according to the class calendar and complete assignments on time.

College Credit Plus: What about textbooks?

  1. Public and chartered private high schools are required to provide textbooks for their CCP students attending Cedarville University and Cedarville University is required to waive all course fees.
  2. Home school students who have CCP funding may take advantage of the Cedarville University Bookstore's low-cost textbook rental system. You may speak with your College Now advisor, or visit the bookstore to get an estimate of textbook costs before you register for a class.
  3. To view the information posted at Ohio Higher Ed regarding textbooks, visit ohiohighered.org/ccp/faqs, Section B: FAQs for Home School and Nonpublic High School Students/Parents, question 3.

Family Pay Option: What about textbooks?

  1. Students utilizing the Family Pay Option may take advantage of the Cedarville University Bookstore's low-cost textbook rental system. You may speak with your College Now advisor to get an estimate of textbook costs before you register for a class.
  2. Textbooks and course fees are the student’s responsibility.
  3. If you choose to purchase your texts from another vendor, ensure you use the exact ISBN of the textbooks listed for your course.

I am a homeschool student. What if I decide to extend my high school education to a 5th year?

Students are eligible to take courses until they have completed their fourth year of high school or reached the graduation date given in the initial application, whichever is earlier.

Eligibility for College Now Family Pay Option pricing expires at graduation from high school, as established at the time of admission as a College Now student. Fifth-year high school students are not eligible for College Now Family Pay Option pricing.