College Credit Plus FAQ’s

College Credit Plus FAQ’s

Can I Participate?

If you are a student in grades 7-12, you can apply for College Credit Plus admission to Chatfield College.  The college will admit you based on your college-readiness in one or more subject areas. Your school counselor can help you understand your options, deadlines, and how to proceed. You may not participate in the College Credit Plus program beyond your anticipated high school graduation date.

How Can College Credit Plus Benefit Me?

College Credit Plus provides more options for you to pursue college coursework beyond the high school classroom. Under College Credit Plus, you can complete your freshman year of college or more, or explore college content that interests you. Earning college credits while you’re in high school can reduce your time and costs of attending college after high school.

Does College Credit Plus Differ from the Previous PSEO Program?

College Credit Plus is a student-directed program. Students and their families can explore courses offered at Chatfield. School districts are not permitted to restrict an otherwise qualified student’s participation in any way.

How Do College Courses Earn Me High School Credit?

College Credit Plus allows high school students to earn college credit and apply that credit toward their high school graduation requirements. Successful completion of a three or more credit-hour college course will result in 1.0 credit earned at the high school. A two credit-hour college course will earn students 2/3 of a high school credit and a one credit-hour college course will convert to 1/3 of a high school credit.

How Are High School Graduation Requirements Affected?

High school graduation requirements will not be waived as a result of participation in College Credit Plus. You will not receive a diploma until after the course is successfully completed and the graduation requirement is met. However, you may participate in the graduation ceremony if proof is presented that you are progressing satisfactorily one week prior to graduation.

Where Can I Take College Classes?
Some college courses under College Credit Plus may be offered at your high school. You may also travel to Chatfield College, or any other Ohio college, and take classes there.

My High School Has a Formal Arrangement With a Local College to Offer College Credit Plus. Are Those the Only Courses I Can Take?

No. After you are admitted to Chatfield, or any other Ohio college, you can take any courses offered by Chatfield or that college that you are ready to take. Also, each Ohio high school has developed two sample pathways – one leading to 15 college credits and another to college 30 credits. These should be included in your high school’s course offerings. However, students have no obligation to take courses identified on a pathway or to complete a pathway. Students can take courses offered by any participating college in Ohio.

Will College Credit Plus Grades Appear on My High School Transcript?

Yes. High school credit awarded for courses successfully completed under College Credit Plus will satisfy or exceed the graduation requirements and subject area requirements of the school district. Courses successfully completed under College Credit Plus must be listed by course title on the high school transcript. All College Credit Plus courses will be computed into the GPA using the same scale as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses in your district.

What Are My Academic and Social Responsibilities?

You will be expected to follow the rules and regulations set by Chatfield. You will also be expected to follow the rules and regulations set for high school students detailed in the student handbook. Once enrolled, you are eligible to receive advising from a dedicated, CCP advisor at Chatfield, or the institution you attend. Additionally, you will continue to have access to your high school counselor and all other resources available to high school students. Participation in College Credit Plus does not guarantee you admission to every college after high school, but Chatfield College is an open enrollment college.  This means you will be accepted to Chatfield if you complete your high school graduation requirements. You should follow the regular undergraduate application process for whatever college you plan to attend after high school. Chatfield has admissions counselors and financial aid counselors who will help you.

What Courses Are Available through College Credit Plus?

Once you are admitted to a college for College Credit Plus, you may take any course in the college’s course catalogue that is not remedial or religious, and that applies toward a degree or professional certificate, in a subject area in which you are college-ready.

Who Pays for College Admission, Textbooks, Fees, and Transportation?

Students attending a public college or Chatfield College will not be charged for tuition, books, or fees. There is no charge to the student to attend Chatfield College. Students attending other private colleges may be charged based on the particular private college and where the course is delivered, in accordance with law. Responsibility for transportation rests with the student. Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program may not have to pay any fees to a private college and will not have to pay any fees to Chatfield College. Please talk with your counselor for details.

What 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.

Does College Credit Transfer After Graduation?

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. Credits earned at private colleges, including Chatfield, or those that you 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 to learn more about credit transfer among the state’s public institutions of higher education. See Chatfield College’s web site ( to learn about articulation agreements Chatfield maintains with many four-year colleges that provide for the transfer of Chatfield credits. These tools allow you to find the best pathways to degree completion and launch successful careers! Earning college credit will not affect applications for financial aid/scholarships limited to entering freshmen.

Are Private School and Homeschool Students Eligible for College Credit Plus?

Yes. College Credit Plus is an opportunity available to all 7-12 grade students who are accepted into the program by a Chatfield or another college or university within Ohio.  The program operates in much the same way regardless of what high school a student attends. However, students attending a private high school and homeschool students must apply to the department of education to receive funding to underwrite their costs.

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