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What is the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program?

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program is a state sponsored program that allows high school students to enroll in college courses to earn high school and/or college credit.

Option A: college credit only. Parent and/or student is responsible for full tuition and cost of textbooks. Option A is available year round.

Option B: high school and college credit option. Tuition and textbooks are covered through the school district. Option B requires school district approval. Not available summer term. Students who are enrolled through a non-public high school must apply for funding through the Ohio Department of Education in order to be eligible to participate.

Application Deadlines:

1. For public high school students all application material is due two weeks prior to the start of the term in which the student plans to enroll. Deadline dates for Fall and Spring Semesters are established below.

Fall Semester Deadline: August 13, 2014

  • Spring Semester Deadline: December 29, 2014

2. For non-public high school and home school students applying to Option B, students must submit an Application for Funding to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and the application materials for admission to COTC.  In addition, home school students must also submit an Intent to Participate.  The Intent to Participate and Application for Funding must be submitted to ODE every year of participation. Deadlines are as follows:

  • Intent to Participate for home school students due to ODE:  April 1
  • Application materials due to COTC: June 1
  • Application for Funding due to ODE: between May 15 and June 15

Admission Requirements:

1. Submit online COTC Application for Admission. Effective beginning the 2014-2015 school year, the $20.00 application fee is no longer charged to High School Options students.

2. Must be enrolled in an Ohio high school.

3. Submit a copy of the Intent to Participate Form (or COTC Verification of Intent to Participate) signed by high school counselor, principal or appropriate administrator.

4. Submit an official high school transcript and meet below GPA requirements:

a. Seniors - 2.5 cumulative GPA

b. Juniors - 2.75 cumulative GPA

c. Freshman/Sophomores - 3.5 cumulative GPA (Please note that Freshman must establish a high school GPA prior to being eligible to participate by either completing a full semester of high school coursework or completing high school coursework prior to freshman year that is recorded on a high school transcript).

5. Achieve college readiness scores in Reading on the ACT, SAT or COMPASS and placement out of Basic Math on ACT, SAT or COMPASS.

a. COMPASS - Reading 88, Pre-Algebra 41

b. ACT - Reading 21, Mathematics 15

c. SAT - Reading 450 (effective for Spring 2015), Mathematics 379

6. If a student plans to take a math course at COTC, must achieve college readiness in Mathematics on ACT, SAT or COMPASS.

a. COMPASS - Algebra 52

b. ACT - Mathematics 22

c. SAT - Mathematics 520

The COMPASS is a COTC placement assessment used to determine a student's skills in Reading and Mathematics. There is no cost to the COMPASS Assessment. To schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS, please call the COTC Gateway at one of our four locations. In order to prepare to take the COMPASS, you are encouraged to view our online resources.


Upon acceptance to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, students and parents are required to complete a New Student Orientation and Scheduling Session. Details on how to sign up for the New Student Orientation and Scheduling Session will be included in the acceptance letter.

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