College Credit Plus for Home-School Families

Important Upcoming Dates for the 2025-2026 school year

For program specific questions, please contact Wendy.Casterline@education.ohio.gov.

  • Feb. 1 - April 1 at 5:00 pm: Sign-up for a OH|ID account 
  • Feb. 1 - April 1 at 5:00 pm: Apply for funding 
  • Before May 6: Funding award notifications available in the parent's OH|ID account 

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Great news for home-school families! Ohio’s College Credit Plus gives students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously by taking courses at participating Ohio colleges or universities. All public colleges and certain private colleges in Ohio are participating.

Tuition is free if your home-school student takes classes at a public college. There may be modest fees for private college credit. Your family will be responsible for the cost of textbooks.

The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. A College Credit Plus student enjoys the opportunity to pursue more challenging classes and explore college interests sooner. Your child can earn anywhere from a few college credits to more than a year’s worth while still in high school. College Credit Plus can reduce your child’s time in college and greatly reduce your family’s higher education costs. 


Steps for Home-School Students to Apply for College Credit Plus

The deadline is April 1 for homeschool students to apply for College Credit Plus funding next school year, so time is critical. 

Step 1 - Learn More About College Credit Plus

Review frequently asked questions about College Credit Plus for students and families, for higher education institutions and CCP administrators.

  • If you still have questions, contact the Ohio Department of Education toll-free at (877) 644-6338 or via email at ccp@education.ohio.gov.

Step 2 - apply to the college

  • All public and participating private colleges in the state are listed online on the CCP website
  • Apply to the college or colleges of your choice. Once admitted to a college under College Credit Plus, the college will send your student an admission letter. Upload a copy of the admission letter to your College Credit Plus Funding Application. If your student gets an admission letter from more than one college, you must upload each college's admission letter. (See Step 3.)
  • Upload a copy of your 2025-2026 letter from the local Superintendent acknowledging your student is homeschooled (or the letter from the current school year) to your College Credit Plus Funding Application. (See Step 3.)

Step 3 - Submit your College Credit Plus Funding Application

  • All parents are required to establish an OH|ID Account before they can apply for funding. Although, you can create an account at any time, please apply early as it may take a few days to process the account. Summer classes are also an option. These sessions can start as early as May, so don’t delay in establishing your OH|ID account. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to create an OH|ID account and Department of Education Profile.
  • Anytime between Feb. 1 - April 1 at 5:00 pm, you can log in to your OH|ID Account and apply for College Credit Plus funding to cover your child’s tuition costs. Ohio has set aside a specific amount to fund College Credit Plus participation for home-school students. Here is a link to the College Credit Plus Funding Application Manual.

STEP 4 - Receive your Award letter and register for college classes

  • You will receive your funding award notification within your College Credit Plus Funding Application located in your OH|ID Account before May 6.
  • Once you receive your award notification, you can have your child register for college courses.
Parents, please note: "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."
 

Parent and Guardian Access to College Credit Plus Student Records

Students taking College Credit Plus courses are considered both high school and college students. When a minor-aged student progresses through a K-12 school, the parents and guardians have the right to access educational records and additional information on their student. However, when a student attends a college or university, these rights transfer to the student regardless of their age. This letter outlines options for parent or guardian access to the student’s college records. 


 

Last Modified: 7/24/2024 2:21:08 PM