College Credit Plus Guidelines

College Credit Plus at Terra State is a free program for students and their families but there are some guidelines you need to be aware of before participating.

Who is eligible to participate?

College Credit Plus is open to 7th through 12th grade students who attend public, community, private, and home school high schools. Students must be Ohio residents and meet the prerequisites and co-prerequisites for courses in which they plan to enroll. Course prerequisites can be found in the college catalog. College Credit Plus prohibits students from enrolling in a remedial or developmental education course.

College Credit Plus Rules & Regulations 

  • Students can enroll in no more than 30 college credit hours per academic year. Students will work in collaboration with their high school guidance counselor and College Credit Plus Advisor to determine what is an appropriate course load
  • Students are placed in English and math courses based on the results of the placement assessment or their ACT scores
  • Students are not allowed to enroll in remedial or developmental education courses
  • It is the responsibility of the student to have their college schedule approved by their high school guidance counselor
  • It is the responsibility of the student to make sure their high school graduation requirements are met
  • Students are not guaranteed course availability
  • Students must meet all course co-requisites and/or prerequisites to enroll in a college course and
  • Students are not allowed to enroll in non-credit or summer courses under the College Credit Program, but may do so at their own expense

New Rules for 2018-2019 School Year!

*First 15 Rule: Students must complete 15 credit hours in a course designated Level I before progressing to a Level II course.

Level I 

  • A transferable course: CTAG, OTM, or TAG
  • Courses in computer science, information technology, anatomy, physiology, or foreign language, including American Sign Language
  • Technical certificate course
  • 15-credit hour or 30 credit-hour model pathway course
  • Study skills, academic or career success skills course
  • Internship course
  • One-on-one private instruction courses
  • Physical education courses
  • P/F or S/U grades (unless the course is an internship or is a transferable course for all students enrolled)
  • Remedial courses and sectarian religion courses
  • Course with fees that exceed an amount set by Chancellor ($750)
  • Study abroad courses

A level II course is any other Terra State class not considered “Non-Allowable”

*Non-Allowable Course Rule: New for the 2018-2019 school year students are now prohibited from taking certain classes.

  • One-on-one private instruction courses
  • Physical education courses
  • P/F or S/U grades (unless the course is an internship or is a transferable course for all students enrolled)
  • Remedial courses and sectarian religion courses
  • Course with fees that exceed an amount set by Chancellor ($750)
  • Study abroad courses

For complete information on all of the State of Ohio College Credit Plus rule changes and general information please visit the Ohio Higher Education website.

What else do I need to know?

  • The student must turn in all updated paperwork to local school and Terra Sate annually. Not complying may forfeit eligibility for the school year.
  • Some courses at Terra State Community College address subject matter that requires adult levels of maturity. College Credit Plus students are college students and must complete all required coursework as well as adhere to course requirements - such as attendance, meeting deadlines, and professional behavior in class.
  • Students should be aware that grades received through CCP will become part of their high school transcript and college transcripts, affecting their respective grade point averages (GPAs). A permanent college transcript is initiated with your CCP participation and your grades follow you for life. Low grades may negatively impact potential college admissions and future financial aid opportunities.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to schedule his/her classes each semester at the College through the College Credit Plus Advisor. Only speaking with your high school staff will not guarantee your enrollment.
  • Students are expected to be in classes when the College is holding classes, regardless of the student's high school schedule. This includes weather delays or cancellations.
  • Students who drop after the no-default drop out date (14 days after the start of a class) or earn an "F" in a college course may be required to pay for classes, books, and associated fees for course. This determination will be made by the high school.
  • Academic information cannot be released or discussed by Terra State Community faculty or staff to parents or guardians without the written consent of the student.
  • Students are required to maintain a college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Students who do not meet this requirement may be placed on probation for one semester and dismissed from the program after two consecutive semesters of a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0. If a student is dismissed from the program, they may petition for re-admission after sitting out for one semester.
  • Students who receive a grade of "I" (incomplete) have until the sixth week of the following semester to complete the coursework.
  • Students are responsible for and expected to regularly communicate any issues, problems, or concerns with their Terra State CCP Advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions about CCP at Terra State

Still have questions?

Contact us or stop by our office located in Roy Klay Hall in the Admissions office