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College Credit Plus Benefits and Implications

Contact Us: College Credit Plus

Liza Skryzhevska
Associate Professor
532 Mosler Hall
513-785-3290
skryzhy@MiamiOH.edu

Benefits for Students

  • Students earn transcripted college credits based on cumulative grades in class.
  • Students have a chance to explore various fields of study.
  • CCP introduces students to the rigor of college-level work, helps them achieve college readiness, and may make the transition to college from high school easier.
  • Taking courses now may eliminate repeating coursework in college.
  • CCP may lower the overall cost of college or shorten the time to complete a degree.
  • Students can complete general education college requirements prior to high school graduation. These are transferable within the state of Ohio, according to Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) and Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) guidelines.
  • Students have flexible curricular opportunities through CCP. Eligible high school students may take one course, or alternatively, Miami can develop two pathway opportunities for students -- one where students can earn 15 transcripted credits or one where they can earn 30 transcripted credits.

Implications and Risks for Students

  • Students should be aware that grades received through CCP will become part of their high school and college transcripts, affecting their respective grade point averages (GPAs). A permanent college transcript is initiated with a student’s CCP participation. Because the grades will be on the student’s college record (official Miami transcript), they will affect college GPA. As such, if a student performs poorly in courses, the CCP may negatively impact the student’s college career.
  • The student’s high school calendar may not align with the college calendar.
  • College transfer credits earned through CCP are generally accepted by most major institutions, but may not transfer to private or out-of-state institutions. Students are advised to first take common general education courses that should transfer more easily to any institution.
  • Course transfer depends on the student’s major or where the student wants to go for college. Although Transfer Assurance Guide or Ohio Transfer Module courses in which a grade of D or better is earned are guaranteed to transfer to Ohio public institutions of higher education, how they transfer may vary depending on the major.
  • Students who do not complete a course (fail, withdraw, or receive any non-completion grade) will be required to reimburse their school district the cost of the course that was not completed, as well as the cost of any books. Please see the school district’s policy.
  • Students will be responsible for the payment of any course they attempt to repeat and which has already been passed successfully.
  • Parents of students under 18 years of age need to be aware that all Miami computers have free, unfettered access to the internet. Miami computers do not use any type of filtering software. Additionally, some college courses may contain adult themes.
  • College courses may include collaborative or group assignments that could require students to meet with other classmates in the evening or on weekends.
  • Even though students cannot use financial aid for CCP classes, students may need or want financial aid to complete their college degree, and the decisions CCP students make could impact their future financial aid eligibility. The reason is that financial aid eligibility requires degree completion within a set time frame and completion of most classes attempted with an earned grade of C or better in most courses. If a student earns less than a C average in their college classes, they may not be immediately eligible for financial aid when they enter college after high school to complete a degree. Low grades and course withdrawals may negatively impact potential college admissions and future financial aid opportunities.

Benefits and Risks for Miami

  • CCP allows Miami to partner with high schools in a meaningful and significant way.
  • CCP is typically not a means of revenue generation for the university. For option B (which is the most common option used for payments and credits and is referenced above), Miami negotiates a local agreement with the school district that operates within the per credit hour “floor” and “ceiling” rates prescribed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Currently, the floor is $41.57 per credit, and the ceiling is $166.28 per credit hour. The negotiated rate (which varies each year) applies to all students within a given district. Miami is also responsible for waiving all fees for CCP students. Students cannot be charged by either the high school or Miami unless the students withdraws, fails, or receives any non-completion grade.