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More Ohio High Schoolers Taking Advantage Of College Credit Program


More Ohio high school students are taking college credits, saving them future school costs. 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education reports its College Credit Plus program attracted more than 68,000 students from public, private, and in-home schools in the last academic school year. That amounts to a savings of close to $145 million in higher education costs.

State education dollars fund the program, and there is little to no cost to participating students.

“It’s exciting to see more Ohio students challenging themselves and creating career pathways through College Credit Plus coursework,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “These latest numbers tell us how great this program is for Ohio students and their families, who collectively are saving millions of dollars on the cost of higher education.”

The program’s first year in 2015 drew more than 54,000 students who saved about $124 million on college tuition.

The majority of students enrolled in five main core subjects including English, science and math. More than 90 percent received passing grades and earned the college credit.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.