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College Credit Plus

What is College Credit Plus (CCP)?

Ohio’s College Credit Plus program (formerly post-secondary) 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 and FAQs.

What are the Benefits of CCP?

  • College-ready students in 7-12 grades 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.

How do public school students apply?

  1. Attend a College Credit Plus informational session with your parent or guardian to decide if this program is right for you.
  2. Take the ACT or ACCUPLACER placement test and score college-ready in the subjects you want to take courses in.
  3. Submit a Letter of Intent to your guidance counselor by April 1st.
  4. Fill out the Shawnee State College Credit Plus application packet (PDF) and mail it along with your high school transcript (for 6-8 grade students send your grade report) by April 12 to:

CCP Advisor
Student Success Center
940 Second St.
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

How do non-public, non-chartered,
and home-schooled students apply?

  1. Attend a College Credit Plus informational session with your parent or guardian to decide if this program is right for you.

  2. Take the ACT or ACCUPLACER placement test and score college-ready in the subjects you want to take courses in.

  3. Create a SAFE Account.  The video below gives step-by-step directions on how to create an account.   The SAFE account is very important and students cannot participate if they do not create an account.

4. Upload your  Letter of Intent to the SAFE Account by April 1st.

5. Fill out the Shawnee State College Credit Plus application packet (PDF) and mail it along with your high school transcript (for 6-8 grade students send your grade report) by April 12 to:

CCP Advisor
Student Success Center
940 Second St.
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

6. Upload your acceptance letter from Shawnee to your SAFE Account.  Funding decisions will be made by the state in May.  You will be notified through your SAFE Account of your funding status.

Important Dates

  • October 1-February 15 attend an Informational Sessions from SSU representatives at students' home school
  • April 1st Student must have given Letter of Intent to guidance counselor (or state for non-public school students)
  • April 12th Deadline for students to apply to Shawnee State
     

    College Credit Plus Application Packet (PDF)

  • Orientation dates for the 2019-2020 academic year will be Monday, May 13th & Thursday, May 16th 6-8pm. Only NEW College Credit Plus students who will be attending classes on Shawnee State’s campus need to attend. Students who are dual credit ONLY will be registered at their high school the first week of fall semester.

Placement for College Credit Plus Participation

Students who are not pursuing a degree but wish to take classes at Shawnee, specifically College Credit Plus students, may take an ACCUPLACER placement test; however, Shawnee prefers that students have an ACT score if the student is 20 years of age or under.  College Credit Plus students must be college-ready in either math or English AND reading to participate in the program.  You may only take the ACCUPLACER one time.  If you are unhappy with  your score, there is an appeals process.

Before taking the placement test, students are encouraged to prepare for the test by taking a practice test so that they are familiar with the format and the type of questions students will be asked.  To take a practice Accuplacer test, go to: http://www.accuplacerpractice.com

Shawnee State uses the Reading Comprehension, WritePlacer Essay, and Elementary Algebra/College Level Math sections of Accuplacer to determine placement.

Students must know their social security number to take the Accuplacer test.  All tests must be started 2 hours before the ending of testing that day.

Students may drop into the Student Success Center on Tuesdays 8am-5pm and Thursdays 12pm-8pm to take a placement test.  No registration is needed for these days.