Home-Educated and Nonpublic School Students and College Credit Plus

Nonpublic school students and students who are home educated may participate in both College Credit Plus and LCCC’s Credit in Escrow program. LCCC welcomes home-educated students and, in fact, those who participate in LCCC’s dual enrollment programs have proven themselves to be outstanding students.  While tuition and fees are free for all nonpublic and home-schooled CCP students who receive funding, families of home-schooled students are responsible for the cost of textbooks.

Age Requirements
Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply for College Credit Plus.  Home-educated students may participate in LCCC’s Dual Enrollment programs if they turn 12 years old before September 30 of the year they wish to enroll.

Notification Process
Students need to notify their high school officials (usually a school counselor or principal) of their intent to participate by April 1 prior to the academic year that they wish to begin. School officials are then required to supply LCCC with the necessary academic information on students who are applying for participation. Home-educated students must submit their intent to participate form to the Department of Education at CCPIntentLetter@education.ohio.gov  by April 1 of each year.

Admission Process
All students who wish to participate in College Credit Plus must submit a CCP application to Lorain County Community College.  Before students are fully admitted, they must complete an assessment process, either by completing Accuplacer or submitting ACT and/or SAT scores.  Students must place at college-level in at least one of the three areas in order to be admitted to College Credit Plus or Credit in Escrow. For more information on Accuplacer, please click here.

SAFE Accounts
All parents of nonpublic and home-schooled students are required to create SAFE accounts with the Ohio Department of Education before they can apply for funding.   SAFE accounts can be created between February 15 and April 15.  Parents must upload all documents through their SAFE account in order to complete the funding process. For more information on SAFE accounts, including a video on creating an account, please visit the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s website here.

Timeline for Funding
Nonpublic and home-schooled students may apply for funding, via their SAFE accounts, between February 25 and April 15.  In order to apply and receive funding, students must be admitted to LCCC (see Admission Process above).   Funding is only awarded once per year; if students do not apply for funding by April 15, they will not be eligible to take college courses for free under College Credit Plus.

For more information from the State of Ohio, please visit the website of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.