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What is College Credit Plus?

Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program 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 in grades 7-12. With College Credit Plus, classes at public colleges or universities are free. That means no cost for tuition, books, or fees. If you choose to attend a private college or university, you may have limited costs.

Visit the Ohio Department of Higher Education website for more information about College Credit Plus and FAQs.

Annual Information Session for Public School Families & Students

View 2023-24 CCP Information Session Presentation (PDF)

College Credit Plus Orientation:
Orientation for 2023-2024

Orientation is mandatory for students who are planning on taking CCP classes on campus for the first time.

Schedule your CCP Orientation Appointment

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  • College-ready students in grades 7-12 may earn college credits while still in school.
  • Public school students can earn up to 30 college credit hours per year with the ability to earn a maximum 120 credits. (The number of credits per year non-public school students and home-schooled students may earn is determined by the state based on available funding.)
  • Students can attend public colleges and universities for free. There is no cost to the student for tuition, textbooks, or fees.

Do I qualify to take courses through College Credit Plus?

Students who reside in the state of Ohio and are in grades 7-12 may take coursework through the SSU CCP program if they meet the following conditions:

  • The student has a GPA over 3.0 OR 
    The student has an Accuplacer or ACT score that qualifies them in at least one subject area.
  • The student signs a letter or intent for their high school.
  • The student completes a CCP application for Shawnee State University.

Note: Non-Public School and Homeschool students also need to apply for funding for their courses through the State of Ohio’s MYOHIO ID portal.

How do I apply for College Credit Plus?

To apply:

  1. Complete your SSU CCP Application:
    • New CCP students: If you have never taken College Credit Plus coursework through Shawnee State University, please complete this application: CCP New Student Application
    • Returning CCP students: If you are currently a Shawnee State University College Credit Plus student and need to reapply for the 2023-2024 school year, please complete this application: CCP Returner Application
  2. Submit your high school transcripts and test scores to Shawnee State University.
  3. Both student and parent will need to sign a Student Permission Slip. This form is embedded into our CCP Application.

2023-24 Important Dates:

November-April 1

Shawnee State’s online CCP application will be available to complete. April 1, 2023 is our final deadline for incoming students for Summer 2023 and Fall 2023.

October-February 15

Attend your high school’s CCP information session. If you cannot attend your school’s information session, you can watch a CCP information session provided by the Ohio Department of Education.

January-July 30

Accuplacer testing window. Testing will be available and free for students who wish to participate in CCP.

March 1

Non-public and homeschooled students should apply for admission to the CCP program at Shawnee State University by this time.

April 1

A Letter of Intent to Participate in CCP for the 2023-24 school year needs to be submitted to your guidance counselor and filed with the State by this date.

April 1

Shawnee State University CCP Application needs to be completed online by this date.

April 1

Non-public and homeschooled students should apply for state awarded hours through the MYOHIO ID portal by this date.

Orientation Dates


The subject matter of a course enrolled in under the College Credit Plus program may include mature subject matter or materials, including those of a graphic, explicit, violent, or sexual nature, that will not be modified based upon College Credit Plus enrollee participation regardless of where course instruction occurs.