College Credit Plus: How To Guide
For Whetstone Students for the 2024-2025 School Year
Last Updated: 2/20/2024
This is not all of the information regarding CCP. Please check the colleges' websites and the district's website to learn more. The state and district CCP sites are at the bottom of this page. This site is intended to streamline the application process for you. Please contact your School Counselor with any questions or concerns during this process.
WHS School Counselors:
A-E: Mrs. Brautigam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
F-K: Mrs. Schwab (email@example.com)
L-Q: Mrs. Fiascunari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
R-Z: Mr. Agee (email@example.com)
WHS School Counseling Website: https://www.ccsoh.us/domain/2257
Steps for ALL College Credit Plus Applicants (New and Returning)
- 1. Attend a Required CCP Informational Meeting Hosted by the District (In Person, Online, or Asynchronous)
- 2. Submit Letter of Intent via the district Google Form by April 1, 2024
- 3. Apply to the College of your choice and meet their deadlines
- Columbus State Only (including CSCC @ Whetstone)- Send your Cougar ID number to Mrs. Brautigam
- OSU & Otterbein - request additional materials from your counselor 2+ weeks prior to deadline
- Submit any additional required paperwork that the college requires (permission slips, Mature Content forms, etc.)
- Meet Placement Criteria that the college/coursework requires
- 4. Register for Courses
- 5. IEP/504 students only - apply for accommodations at the college (including for CCP @ Whetstone) via the college's office of Disability Services and their processes. They cannot automatically honor IEPs or 504 plans.
- 6. Check your college email regularly for next steps, including textbooks, etc.
1. Informational Meeting
1. Attend Informational Session (or watch online) - Annual Requirement
Higher Education Partnerships / 2024 - 2025 Informational Meetings & Letter of Intent
This meeting is mandatory for ALL students taking CCP courses, regardless if it's taken on the college campus, online, or in your high school. Attending the informational meeting must be completed yearly along with submitting the Letter of Intent.
2. Letter of Intent (Due April 1)
Complete the "Intent to Participate"/"Letter of Intent" Form by April 1 (Google Form)
Formally notifies the district and the state (and us!) that you are interested in participating in College Credit Plus (required by the state in order to start the process). This is not a binding commitment, and it is not a guarantee that you qualify. It shows that you understand the risks and benefits of CCP and that you want the state/district to pay for the tuition ;)
Parents and their student(s) should complete the Intent form (below) together each year.
(The district sends Whetstone intermittent reports from the google form. Do not be alarmed if Whetstone does not immediately have record of your form)
All interested students must submit this form EVERY YEAR by April 1
3. Apply to the College(s)
Columbus State Community College (including @ Whetstone)
1. Click Here for Application (sooner=better!)
- If you have applied in the past, you do not need to apply again. Skip to #2
- 📌Tip: Use a personal email, not your school email, to create the account
2. Submit your Cougar ID Number once accepted to your School Counselor AND Mrs. Brautigam via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Updated instructions for submitting the forms is on the form. You will be asked to log in to your Columbus State Account to submit them.
4. Meet Placement Criteria: this criteria is subject to change, and varies based on the courses you are interested in. If application is complete this Spring, an unweighted cumulative 3.0 GPA can be used instead of the English placement and a certain GPAs combined with Algebra 2 (or higher/equivalent) grades can replace some math placement criteria. Otherwise, the placement exams must be done at the Testing Center (click to schedule). Click here for more information about placement testing
5. Register for Classes (Recommended Deadline: June 5):
If you are taking classes at the college, please reach out to Ms. Nicole Martin, our assigned CCP Advisor at Columbus State for assistance (email@example.com). If you are taking Classes at Whetstone, make sure the class(es) are on your request list and that you meet placement criteria for that course, and make sure you are within your state credit limit (discussed in the informational video in step 1). Let us know if you have questions
- Tier 1 Courses Qualifying for CCP Funding
- CSCC Online Orientation for CCP Students (recommended)
- Registration Form (for courses NOT at Whetstone) - must be completed by student and parent, then signed by counselor, then student submits it to Ms. Martin
- Check your CSCC email often, the college and your professors will only contact you there.
- Male students over 18 need to register for Selective Service in order to be eligible/maintain eligibility
The Ohio State University (Competitive - Due May 1)
All Elements of the Application Due by May 1, 2024
Notify School Counselor by April 15
1. Complete the College's Application Steps as listed on their website: https://academy-ccp.osu.edu/apply
- Use our steps 1 & 2 above instead of the links on OSU's site (intent to participate)
- ACT/SAT Scores: If submitting your ACT or SAT score (check their website for current guidelines), YOU must send those scores via your ACT or College Board (SAT) account. We cannot do that for you. Send the scores at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure they arrive in time
- OSU has determined they are going to continue being test optional for the 2023-2024 School Year, through 2025-2026 which means we recommend only submitting your score if it is higher than their average
- Please check OSU's Academy website for most up to date information about their requirements and to access their application.
- OSU CCP is a highly competitive application pool (90% of their accepted CCP students had a 3.95 or higher and were in the top 10% of their class)
2. Please notify your Counselor right away (2+ weeks in advance) that you are planning to apply (even if not submitted yet). There are extra forms and documents including a Counselor recommendation that we have to complete on your behalf. It is difficult to complete those steps at the last minute!
Otterbein University (Competitive - Due June 1)
Application Deadline for Fall 2024: June 1, 2024
Notify School Counselor by May 15
1. Complete the College's application steps on their website: https://www.otterbein.edu/apply/college-credit-plus/
- Use a personal email account, not your school one
- ACT Scores: If submitting your ACT score (check their website for current guidelines), YOU must send those scores via your ACT account. We cannot do that for you. Send the scores at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure they arrive in time
- Please check Otterbein's website for most up to date information about their requirements and to access their application. It is a competitive application process
2. Please notify your Counselor right away (2+weeks in advance preferably) that you are planning to apply (even if not submitted yet). There are extra forms and documents including a Counselor recommendation that we have to complete on your behalf. It is difficult to complete those steps at the last minute!
4. Register for Courses and/or Programs
Register for Courses and/or Programs
Taking Classes at Whetstone
- Make sure you included CCP courses on your course request list earlier in the Spring. Email your Counselor if you need to make adjustments.
Taking Classes Off-Site (on the college campus)
- Each college has their own course registration process if you are taking courses off-site. Additional information is on the colleges' websites.
- Students are responsible for working with a CCP advisor at their chosen college(s) to submit their course registration. WHS School Counselors cannot register students for CCP courses (we don't work for the college!), though we are able to help on the high school side of the process. Talk to your School Counselor for more assistance
- See below for program-specific information if you are planning to take courses at Whetstone or through a District Program.
5. Students with Disabilities - Request Accommodations at the College
Students with Disabilities/Impairments (IEPs and 504s)
As a student with a disability or impairment, you might be eligible to receive testing and/or classroom accommodations through your college of choice. However, you are not eligible to receive accommodations without applying for and being approved for accommodations through the college, even if your courses are taken at Whetstone. It is also important to note that accommodations offered through a college may look different than accommodations you receive in for your high school courses. Colleges follow a different set of laws than K-12 education, so you must go through their process.
You and your parent must initiate the process of requesting accommodations through your college of choice. You can do this by asking your School Counselor (504 plans) or Transition Coordinator (IEPs) to email your most recent 504 plan or IEP and ETR (evaluation) to the college office of Disability Services. To initiate the Whetstone side of the process, a parent or guardian approval is necessary if you are under the age of 18, but the student must initiate the process at the college. Please have your parent/guardian email this request to your school counselor (504 plan) or Transition Coordinator (IEPs).
After the documents are sent to the college, you (the student) will need to contact (call/email) the college’s office of Disability Services to schedule an appointment to discuss and plan for potential accommodations. You may also be asked to provide medical documentation, depending on the nature of the disability or impairment and the requirements of each college.
If you have a medical condition that requires accommodations at the college, but you do not have an IEP or 504 plan, you can work with your doctor and the college directly. We would also recommend reaching out to your school counselor, in case there is anything we can do on the high school side to support you! Having a 504 plan or IEP is not necessarily required in order to request accommodations through the college.
Embedded CCP Courses at Whetstone (24-25)
Subject to change due to student requests and availability. check back for updates!
- English Composition I & II (ENG 1100 & ENG 2367: 2 semesters, 3 college credits each)
- College Math (2 semesters, 4 college credits each, typically College Algebra & Trig (MATH 1148 & MATH 1149)
- Psychology 1100 (1 semester, 3 college credits)
- Sociology 1101 (1 semester, 3 college credits)
- World History (HIST 1182 - 1 semester, 3 college credits)
How to sign up: Complete the CCP AND Columbus State Application Processes, meet placement requirements, request the courses you want through SchooLinks when we do Course Selection for next year
District CCP Programs
Junior JumpStart (JJS) is a dual enrollment program for juniors that enables students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Participating juniors will spend a portion of their day at their high school and a portion of their day at Columbus State Community College completing their high school requirements and learning 10 semester hours. Students must apply and be accepted into the program as 10th-graders. You must apply to the program AND
Program App Due: March 6
And then follow CSCC app steps too, but the college app doesn't need to meet the March 6 deadline
District CCP Department
Click to learn more from the district's Higher Ed Partnerships (CCP) Department to learn more about the requirements, important information, and opportunities in the district and with our college partners
Seniors to Sophomores
S2S is a program under the umbrella of College Credit Plus
(CCP). CCP was created by the state of Ohio in 2015. S2S
offers an additional layer of targeted support and advising to
ensure that cohort members are successful. It also allows
students the benefit of collaborating with other CCS
students. Participants are selected by the program committee
in separate application and acceptance processes. You must apply to the program AND the college(s) of your choice.
Click to Learn More
Program App Due: March 6
And then follow the colleges' deadlines for the college application