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 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 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.
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.
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?
Students must complete the first 15 credit hours in Level I courses before progressing to Level II courses unless they are continuing with the course in the same subject or test directly into the Level II course. A list of all Level I courses are listed on the Resource buttons on the CCP website. 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 take ESL (English as a Second Language) courses?
No. English as a Second Language courses are NOT covered under College Credit Plus.
Are any classes non-allowable under CCP?
Physical Education, private instruction, study abroad courses, pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, remedial, Sectarian religion courses and courses with excessive fees as established by the Chancellor are non-allowable under CCP. Students may choose to self-pay for these classes.
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.
Payment and Billing
Will I owe money if I withdraw from a College Credit Plus course?
The state has determined that if a student withdraws by the 14th 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.
Is there a fee for parking?
CCP students do not have to pay for parking on the Tri-C campus.
Why did I get a phone call/email that I owe money?
If a student exceeds the amount of credit hours authorized (allowed) for the semester, the student may owe a balance. Authorized hours are provided on the student’s completed Authorization to Attend Form. In other cases, since College Credit Plus funding applies to a student account after the start of the term, you may receive a reminder about payment. If you feel you have received these reminders in error, please reach out to your CCP Coordinator for clarity.
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.
Textbooks & Supplies
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. Check with your school prior to purchasing books in the college bookstore with your CCP book account. Homeschool students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.
When can I get my textbooks?
College Credit Plus book accounts are available approximately one week before the semester begins. You will receive an email to your Tri-C email account letting you know that your book account is available to use the next business day (and how much you have available). If you do not have a CCP Authorization to Attend form on file OR if you are not registered for classes, you will not have a book account set up. For students registering after the start of the semester, it takes 3-5 business days for book accounts to be activated.
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.
If I am self-paying for some of my CCP courses, but not all, can I use my book account for the self-pay classes?
No. The book account is only for courses that are covered by CCP. If you are taking self-pay courses, you must also pay for the associated textbook to avoid a full price charge on your student account.
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.
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.