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College Credit Plus

Ohio’s College Credit Plus initiative can help qualified students in grades 7-12 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. Taking a college course from a public college or university College Credit Plus is free. That means no cost for tuition, books or fees. Your high school may have an agreement with a local college for specific courses, however, you can choose to take College Credit Plus courses from any college offering a course that would benefit you in the future. More information about CCP rules is available at Ohio Higher Education.

Cleveland State University’s College Credit Plus program provides motivated and dedicated high school students the opportunity to interact with college students, faculty and staff, and experience the benefits and advantages of a metropolitan university. Students who qualify for the program may enroll in college courses under one of the two options.

  • Option A: The student takes courses for college credit only and is responsible for payment of all tuition, books and fees.
  • Option B: The student takes courses for college and high school graduate credit. Tuition, books and fees are paid through Ohio Department of Education funds.

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Admission to CSU College Credit Plus

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Students seeking admission into the College Credit Plus program must first demonstrate college readiness by meeting the College Credit Plus eligibility standards deemed by the State of Ohio. These standards include:

  • ACT minimum of 18 English OR 22 Math OR 22 reading
  • SAT 530 Math OR 480 Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)

Once a student is deemed CCP eligible, they must then meet Cleveland State's Admissions requirements:

  • 2.3 Middle School/ High School GPA
  • 16 ACT Composite OR
  • SAT total score of 880 or higher (redesigned SAT administered after March 2016 or SAT combined EBRW and Math 770 tests [tests administered prior or March 2016]

Students who do not meet these standards will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis using State of Ohio guidelines for conditional admission. 

CCP Applicants will need to also turn in the following materials to complete their application:

  • Official High School Transcript
  • Parent Authorization Form
  • Counselor Authorization Form
  • Recommendation letter from high school counselor or high school principal (optional)

College credit plus funding is available for Ohio Residents. Applicants and participants who are not Ohio residents will not receive CCP funding and will be expected to pay out of pocket and may be subject to pay out-of-state fees. Applicants and participants who are not US citizens may not receive CCP funding and may be expected to pay out of pocket and may be subject to pay out-of-state and/or international fees. Non Ohio residents and Non US citizens may petition for Ohio residency, though it is not a guarantee that it will be granted.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have application and admission questions related to CCP, please contact 216-687-5411 or e-mail 

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