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Cougar Edge

Students whose COMPASS assessment indicates placement into DEV 0114 (with scores from 0 through 25) AND DEV 0140 (with scores from 0 through 51) are required to take Cougar Edge classes and improve their COMPASS math and reading placement scores before enrolling in credit courses at Columbus State Community College.

The program is a partnership between Columbus State and multiple ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) partners.  It is the intent of the program to provide students with a means to improve their basic math and reading skills at no cost to the student; thereby helping them save any financial aid funds for college-level course work.

How to Enroll in Cougar Edge

Step 1:

Contact one of the following ABLE partners that best meets your needs - location, class times, etc. Inform them that you are a "Cougar Edge" participant.

Organization Address Contact Info
Columbus City Schools
(locations throughout the city)
2323 Lexington Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 365-5245
ext. 237 or 260
Godman Guild Association
(4 locations across the city)
303 E. Sixth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 294-5476
ext. 501
Delaware Area Career Center 1610 State Route 521
Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 203-2267
South-Western City Schools
(3 locations)
4750 Big Run South Road
Grove City, OH 43213
(614) 801-3477
Tolles Career & Technical Center 7877 U.S. Highway 42 S.
Plain City, OH 43064
(614) 873-4666
ext. 251

Step 2:

Attend your orientation session where you will learn the details about their program, take a short math and reading placement test, register for classes and receive your class schedule.

Step 3:

Attend and participate in your scheduled classes.

Step 4:

After you complete all necessary program requirements, the ABLE partner will provide you with a referral form to retake the COMPASS placement test. If you place into the next level of Developmental Education or above in BOTH math and reading, you may apply for financial aid and register for college credit classes at Columbus State.



  • Students are not permitted to receive financial aid while attending Cougar Edge classes.
  • Students without a high school diploma or GED should earn their GED first. Otherwise, you will not qualify for financial aid.
  • Students are not permitted to take credit courses and Cougar Edge classes in the same term.
  • Students who are in a "deferred diploma" status at their high school are not qualified to participate in Cougar Edge.