Parent/Student Frequently Asked Questions

College Credit Plus is an accelerated program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and a college degree.

Any student who meets the required score for a particular course.

  • Earn high school and college credit at the same time.
  • Be exposed to college level work, college application and registration procedures, and a higher level of academic rigor.
  • Enhance the amount, level, and diversity of learning in high school.
  • Reduce the time required to earn a college degree.
  • Save valuable tuition money.

Stark State College does not charge College Credit Plus students for tuition.  Your high school may have a charge, so check with your high school counselor.

  • Complete the online College Credit Plus admissions application.
  • Take either the ACT or COMPASS test to determine readiness.
  • Talk with your high school counselor to determine which College Credit Plus courses you will take.
  • Register for your courses by filling out a class registration form with your high school counselor.  Your counselor will submit your test scores, official transcript, and class registration form to the Stark State College coordinators.

COMPASS test measure your skill level in three basic areas – Math, English, and Reading.  All Stark State College students take the COMPASS test.  Scores help to determine whether or not a student needs to be put into a developmental course.  Students can prepare for the COMPASS test at:

Click here for instructions on how to look up class descriptions.

Yes. The number is determined by the high school, so discuss this with your guidance counselor.

The only difference between the class at the high school and the college is the number of days per week the class meets.  At the high school you will follow a normal schedule.  Most classes at the college only meet two days per week.  Otherwise, you will cover the same material and take the same tests.

Textbooks for classes taught at the high school are provided by the high school and must be returned at the end of the semester.  Textbooks for the classes taught on a Stark State College campus are paid for by the high school, but must be obtained from the college book store in G105.  Check with the high school counselor to determine if the school wants the books returned to them or if you may keep the books.

All Stark State College students are subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.  A student must sign a consent to release form allowing you to have access to his/her records. Grades are sent to the high school at the end of each semester.

You have one week to withdraw without any penalty.  Your record is erased.  If you withdraw from a course after that week but before the final drop date, you will get a “W” on your transcript, but it will not affect your GPA.  If you do not withdraw until after the final drop date, you will receive an “F” for that course and it will affect your GPA.

Stark State College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.  Completed coursework is fully transferrable to other Ohio state assisted colleges and universities and most private schools.  When you arrive at a college or university, you will have to choose a major.  Different majors have different course requirements.  Your college credit plus course will apply to your major if it is a course requirement. See OTM and TAG designations.

Once you have been admitted to the college, you will receive a letter with an ID card attached.  You will also receive instructions on how to access your mystarkstate account online. You should request your transcript through your account. You will also be able to access your schedule, grades, use the email, apply for financial aid, and so much more.

A successful college credit plus student is disciplined, self-directed, academically able, and socially mature.