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Reducing the Cost of College While in High School

by Rev. Mary Harmison, Academic Director for SEU Ohio

Is your high school or homeschool student ready to take some college credits before graduation to get a jump start on the college experience? Doing so can be a great way to reduce the cost of obtaining a college degree, reduce student debt, and improve lifetime earning potential.

If your high school student is responsible, needs few reminders to do work, manages time well, is emotionally mature, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, he or she is probably ready to try a college course. Ohio's College Credit Plus (CCP) program pays the college tuition cost for many high school and homeschool students who take early college courses. These early "dual enrolled" courses allow the student to simultaneously earn credits for high school graduation while also earning credits for a post-secondary (college) degree program.

SEU Ohio offers Early SEU classes to Ohio students through the Ohio CCP program. All Southeastern University courses are taught from a Christian worldview, and as an accredited university, SEU courses are transferable to other colleges and universities across the country.

Students who begin taking Early SEU classes in their sophomore year could earn a 2-year Associate degree at little to no out-of-pocket cost by the time they graduate from high school.

The Ohio CCP program is accepting applications from high school and home school students through April 1. If you are interested, now is the time to explore this option. Public high school students should contact their guidance counselor for instructions and to request

SEU Ohio as their university for dual enrollment courses, especially if they intend to continue college at SEU Ohio after high school graduation.

Non-public school and homeschool students must apply for Ohio College Credit Plus funding by April 1. The Ohio CCP website has detailed application instructions for home school families and for non-public school families.

In addition to applying for Ohio CCP funding, your student will need to apply for admission to Southeastern University as a non-degree student to take dual enrollment courses. Southeastern University allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take Early SEU classes. You can find detailed application instructions on the SEU Ohio dual enrollment webpage:

If you have further questions about how Ohio CCP classes work at SEU Ohio, please contact me at

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