College Credit Plus FAQs

  • Ohio students in grades 7 through 12 can take college classes at Ohio public colleges for free. There will be no extra charges for fees or books.

    To attend classes at North Central State, students must:

    • Be “College-Ready” (see below)
    • Notify the counselor of their home school of their intent to participate by April 1 before the fall term in which the student will begin
    • Complete orientation and advising as requested

  • You must show that you are capable of taking college level classes. The ACT, Compass Test or Accuplacer Test can be used to prove college readiness. See the Testing and Assessment Services page for testing information, including preparation materials.

    These minimum ACT scores are considered college-ready at North Central State:

    • Reading (21)
    • Math (21-28) depending on course chosen
    • English (18)

  • New state rules for College Credit Plus during the 2018-2019 academic year dictate students who have not yet completed 15 credit hours of college coursework be limited to what they define as Level 1 courses. See the state guidelines for these courses (PDF), opens in a new window.

    North Central State College has compiled a list of courses meeting the state requirements, opens in a new window.

  • Some College Credit Plus courses may be offered at your local high school. You may also take courses at North Central State College or online.

  • These high schools have partnered with North Central State to provide college courses under College Credit Plus. High school students can take some classes at these schools without being required to travel to NC State. If your high school does not offer the course you want, you can attend classes at North Central State.

    • Ashland
    • Ashland County – West Holmes Career Center
    • Clear Fork
    • Galion
    • Highland
    • Lexington
    • Loudonville
    • Madison
    • Mansfield
    • Mansfield Christian
    • Norwalk
    • Norwayne
    • Ontario
    • Pioneer Career and Technology Center
    • Plymouth
    • Shelby
    • South Central
    • St. Peters
    • Willard

  • No. You can take any course at North Central State as long as your assessment scores show that you are college-ready. We recommend contacting your local guidance counselor to make sure your desired college courses fit with your required high school courses.

  • You can take any NC State online class where you meet the minimum requirements.

    Some classes in the basic pathways can be taken online. The online classes are listed in each pathway description: business, health, psychology, liberal arts, education, and engineering.

  • If your local high school does not offer the courses you want, you can attend classes at North Central State. We recommend contacting your local guidance counselor to make sure your desired college courses fit with your required high school courses.

  • If you take classes at an Ohio public college…yes, it is free. There there will be no extra charges for fees or books.

    If you take classes at an Ohio private college…maybe. Private colleges are not required to offer free courses under College Credit Plus.

    There is one exception…Economically disadvantaged students can take free classes regardless of whether the college is public or private.