Frequently Asked Questions
Who may take advantage of the College Credit Plus Program?
Any authorized student enrolled in Ohio public schools, in grades 7,8, 9, 10, 11, 12 may choose to participate (Unauthorized students include, but are not limited to, foreign students who are not part of an exchange program, out-of-state students and students coded as unauthorized through EMIS.) Students attending a nonpublic high school or are homeschooled are also able to participate as long as the high school or parent has filed the proper paperwork with the Ohio Department of Education.
What is the application deadline for prospective College Credit Plus students?
Students who wish to participate in the College Credit Plus Program must complete an Intent to Participate form and submit it to their school district by April 1. If a student misses the April 1 deadline, the student can seek consent from the principal to participate. If the principal does not provide written consent, the student may appeal the principal’s decision to the governing entity or the superintendent of the school. The decision of the district superintendent or governing entity shall be final.
The Intent to Participate form must be submitted each year that the student wishes to participate in the program. Cuyahoga Community College requires that all application materials (including testing or submission of appropriate ACT/SAT scores) be submitted 30 days prior to the start of each semester.
Can a student take night, weekend, or distance learning classes?
Yes, students who meet the criteria necessary to participate are not limited to the hours of the official school day for scheduling college courses as long as they are provided by an Ohio post-secondary institution.
Can students take summer classes under CCP?
Yes. Beginning summer 2016, the College Credit Plus Program will include courses taken during the summer term. The summer term will apply as the first term of the next school year.
Do Tri-C courses transfer to other colleges or universities?
Thanks to Ohio’s Transfer to Degree Guarantee, many entry-level courses earned at an Ohio public college are guaranteed to transfer to any other Ohio public college. Those who want to transfer to an out-of-state institution, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the institution you are seeking to attend. Go to the Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee website to learn more about credit transfer among the state’s public institutions of higher education. Earning college credit will not affect applications for financial aid/scholarships limited to entering freshmen.
Will I owe money if I withdraw from a College Credit Plus course?
The state has determined that if a student withdraws prior to the 15th calendar day of the start of the semester (or part-of-term), there will be no monies owed on the part of the student and/or parent. If the student withdraws on the 15th day or after, the school district may require payment in full.
What happens if I fail a class?
Classes failed or withdrawn with an “F” will receive an “F” on the high school and college transcripts and will be computed into the high school and college GPA. If you do not receive a passing grade, the district may, in some instances, seek reimbursement for the amount of state funds paid to the college on your behalf for that college course. The school district may withhold grades and credits received for high school courses taken until reimbursement has been made.
How do I obtain my textbooks?
If you are a public or non-public school student, the cost of textbooks is covered by your school. Homeschool students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks. Check with your school prior to purchasing books in the college bookstore.
Can I keep my college textbooks?
No. Your textbooks belong to your school. You will need to follow the return policy of your school district.
Can I keep my supplemental supplies for the course?
No. Supplemental supplies such as calculators, clickers, and other required supplies listed in your syllabus belong to the college and must be returned to the CCP office at your campus. Failure to return supplemental supplies will prohibit your college transcript being sent to your high school.
Can I take a class at the campus even if it’s offered at my high school?
Under current CCP law, you may take a class on-campus even if it is offered at your high school.
Who do I notify if I’m going to miss a class?
Each instructor will have their policy listed in their syllabus. Please read the syllabus for important details regarding instructor’s attendance requirements and contact information.
Which college classes should I take?
All classes offered by the college are open to CCP students as long as they are part of a degree or certificate program and the prerequisites have been met.
Can I participate in CCP if I am a high school athlete?
Yes. Check with your middle/high school counselor to ensure that the course work you are taking is compliant with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).
Can I participate in college clubs and organizations?
CCP students are eligible to participate in student clubs and organizations unless the national chapter for the club or organization prohibits high school student participation.
Do you provide transportation?
Transportation to Tri-C is not provided by the college for CCP students. However, most Tri-C campuses are accessible by bus and CCP students each receive a RTA UPass (fall and spring semester only) which provides free transportation on RTA buses and trains.
Is there a fee for parking?
CCP students do not have to pay for parking on the Tri-C campus.
Do I need to reapply to the college as a CCP student each year?
No. Continuing CCP students do not have to reapply for admission to the CCP program each year.
Can my parent attend college classes with me?
No. Parents are not permitted to attend the college class with their child unless the parent is registered as a student for the same class.
Can I take ESL (English as a Second Language) courses?
No. English as a Second Language courses are NOT covered under College Credit Plus.
Can I take PE under CCP?
Physical Education may not be taken as part of CCP. State CCP policies require that courses taken work towards a degree or certificate at the college. Tri-C degrees do not require Physical Education for graduation.
What if my high school spring break week is different than the college’s spring break?
Students must attend CCP courses at Tri-C even if their middle/high school is on break.
Will this have any impact on future financial aid?
Participation in the CCP program may impact eligibility for federal financial aid programs including grants and student loans. Please see a Tri-C financial aid adviser for more information.
What is a 1098-T that I received in the mail?
This form is provided to all Tri-C students for tax filing purposes. Check with your tax adviser for more information.