An Overview of CCP

What is it?

Eligible students can take a course and earn high school and college credit that appears on both their high school and college transcripts. Teachers who teach a College Credit Plus course in a high school must receive professional development and be an adjunct professor at a college or university. All courses offered through College Credit Plus—even courses offered in the high school—must be the same course that the college offers. The course must apply to a degree or professional certificate. College Credit Plus replaces the Post Secondary Education Option, also known as PSEO, and redefines “alternative dual enrollment” programs as advanced standing programs.


Ohio needs more students who graduate college and career ready. College Credit Plus increases access for students who have not taken full advantage of the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school.


The student is enrolled in both high school and college and can attend the class in any setting arranged by the college. Kent Stark and Fairless High School have created a partnership that offers students an opportunity to take up to 45 credit hours of Kent Stark courses at Fairless High School.


Ohio public school districts and Ohio public colleges and universities must participate in College Credit Plus. Nonpublic high schools and colleges or universities may choose to participate. To be eligible, students must meet the admission standards of the participating college or university to which they apply for enrollment.

How does a student get started?

All participating public and private high schools, colleges and universities must promote College Credit Plus opportunities on their websites. Additionally, they will hold an annual informational event for students and parents. See the flyer below for details on getting started.


There is no cost for the student to participate in College Credit Plus when the student is enrolled in a public college or university. The high school and college or university shares the cost for the course. Students choosing to enroll in a participating private college or university might incur costs.

If available, the courses are taught by high school teachers who have met the requirements of adjunct professor status, and the course credit earned can be applied toward both high school and college graduation. If no Fairless staff have achieved adjunct status, a Kent State Adjunct Professor will teach the course on campus at Fairless High School. The credit from the courses offered at Fairless can be transferred to other colleges or universities.

Students must complete the required entrance exam for admission into College Credit Plus courses. Students must also complete the college registration for the partnering college/university. Students who receive a F in a College Credit Plus course must pay for the course and the book fee. Failing a college course may cause the student to not be allowed to take further college classes. Grades become part of the high school grade point average. The Guidance Department will provide additional information about this program at an evening meeting for students and their families. Students interested in participating in College Credit Plus and their family must meet with their guidance counselor and sign a letter of intent by February 1, of the preceding the year of intended enrollment. All books purchased for College Credit Plus belong to Fairless Local Schools and must be turned in to the high school office when the course is complete or dropped.