College Credit Plus Program at Columbus State
Through the College Credit Plus (CCP) Program, students in grades 7-12 can take college courses through Columbus State Community College to earn free college credit and fulfill their high school graduation requirements at the same time. College courses not only give students the advantage of learning how to meet a college-level standard of academic rigor, they also help offset the cost and time it takes to earn a college degree. By taking college classes, earning an associate degree at Columbus State, and then transferring to complete a bachelor’s degree, students reap all the benefits of the traditional college path, and save tens of thousands of dollars – graduating with little to no student debt.
Columbus State is Ohio’s largest provider of college courses for the College Credit Plus program, serving a diverse range of students through our partnerships with more than 130 different schools in Ohio. And because of the unique challenges our school districts are facing this fall, we’ve opened our full catalog of courses to create more learning options for students. As you consider all of your options for online learning this fall, it’s important that you know Columbus State has been a trusted partner in providing college courses online for years.
Enrolling in college courses at Columbus State starts with an easy application. Our team is here to help you navigate the process.
During the current COVID-19 crisis, College Credit Plus is a game-changer. Columbus State has a catalogue of online course options that fit into any high school student’s schedule. The faculty at CSCC is experienced and prepared to deliver college classes, in a virtual format, to provide rigorous curriculum with the flexibility necessary during these challenging times.
John Marschhausen, Ph.D. Superintendent, Hilliard City Schools
Benefits of College Credit Plus at Columbus State
- CCP courses are offered at no cost to students, which can help them earn a college degree faster and with less debt.
- CCP students can take advantage of unique scholarships at Columbus State after high school, and Columbus State credits transfer easily for those planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
- Columbus State offers more than 200 majors for students who plan to transfer and earn their bachelor's degree, or who plan to enter the workforce directly after earning their associate degree. Our entire catalogue is available, including general education courses like composition, psychology, and sociology, as well as courses related to career pathways in IT, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. Explore our academic programs.
- With highly respected faculty and academic programs, and unparalleled student support, Columbus State is a trusted leader in online, blended and in-person education. The majority of our courses will be offered online this fall, and you can learn more about how we're making online learning accessible and successful for students here: Log in. Learn On.
CCP Success Stories
Taaliyah Palmer will spend the 2020-21 school year as a student at Columbus State and Beechcroft High School. Palmer initially took two College Credit Plus course during Autumn Semester 2019 as part of the Junior Jump Start program with Columbus City Schools. As a straight-A student, I was looking for a challenge,” she says.
“Upon high school graduation in 2021, Palmer may have enough credits to transfer to a university as a rising junior and no college debt. “I knew there would be cost savings my family by taking tuition-free College Credit Plus classes in high school.”
Abel Kifle Andebrhan
Abel Kifle Andebrhan began taking Columbus State classes his freshman year through CCP. Over four years, he earned enough credits to receive his degree while still in high school at Pickerington North High School.
Andebrhan is a first-generation college graduate. His family arrived in the United States from Eritrea in 1998. “My dad often talked about how important it was to get a head start on college. The College Credit Program allowed me to do just that."
Taking CCP courses at Columbus State is smart choice for many students, one that can set you up for success in high school and beyond. If you’re wondering if CCP is right for you, explore the pages in the right-hand menu to learn about the admissions process and discover valuable information for students and their parents. If you have questions that aren’t answered here or on our FAQs page, don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.