3 Tips For Pursuing College Credit Plus As A Home-Schooled Student

College credit plus (CCP) is a program throughout Ohio which allows high school (and occasionally junior high school) students to earn dual credit at their high school and local college or university. The program has many benefits, including allowing you to get a head start on your college career and offering more challenging or specific courses that high schools may not offer. If you are a home-schooled student, it can help you by expanding your access to mentors and educators while easing you into the social expectations of college courses such as large group discussions or partner projects. 

If you are a home-schooled teen and are interested in pursuing college credit plus, there are a few tips you should follow. 

Start With the ACT

In order to begin courses, you will have to prove that you are academically prepared for college-level courses. The CCP program will require that you submit ACT scores showing you have achieved their minimum requirements in the reading and English sections. Some universities may also require you to submit your ACT scores before accepting you. Some universities or colleges may accepts SAT scores instead of ACT scores. If you think you will perform better on the SAT than the ACT, it is a good idea to take both exams. 

Submit Your Letter of Intent Early 

Home-schooled students should submit a letter of intent to the directly to the Ohio Department of Education each year. You should print out the letter of intent, fill it out, and sign it, then upload it to your computer and e-mail it to the department of education. The period for submitting your letter of intent is roughly 15 days in late March.

After your letter of intent is submitted, you will be required to sign into your online account to apply for financial aid, usually by mid-March. The sooner you submit your letter of intent, the sooner you will be able to log in to your personal CCP account. Submitting your letter early will allow you to contact someone at the department of education for help if you are unable to log on yourself.  

Save Money For Textbooks 

In the CCP program, textbooks are paid for by the participant's high school. If you are home-schooled, this fee becomes the responsibility of you and your parents. University text books can be expensive, so you may want to set aside money for them each year. Contact a college, like Chatfield College, for more help.