Expanded Options Program

The Expanded Options Program provides high school juniors and seniors in Central Oregon with an opportunity to continue or complete their education as well as earn both high school and college credits through their local community college and/or public university. If approved by your high school, you are able to take classes through Central Oregon Community College (COCC), and your high school covers the cost of tuition and fees. Eligibility is determined by your high school and often, high schools have additional requirements that what is listed below.

You must be:

  • 16 years of age or older at the time of enrollment and in grade 11 or 12
  • Currently enrolled in high school, and
  • On track to complete course requirements for graduation

COCC works with the following shool districts: Bend-La Pine; Crook County; Culver, Jefferson County; Redmond; and Sisters.

How Do I Get Started?

Step 1: Meet with your high school counselor to receive approval to participate in Expanded Options.

Step 2: Apply to COCC either online or via a paper application. We recommend applying online for the faster processing. To apply online, please follow the following instructions.

  • Complete the online application. Make sure to click "submit application".
  • When you are prompted to enter payment information, close the browser
  • After closing your browser, email welcome@cocc.edu to request that your application fee be adjusted because you are approved for Expanded Options. This is an important step that you must complete in order to get your COCC account created so don't skip it!

Step 3: Complete the remaining COCC enrollment steps for high school students and register for classes.

Step 4: Submit your high school's Expanded Options authorization form to welcome@cocc.edu prior to the tuition due date for each term you attend COCC. This form is how tuition and fees are paid. If the Expanded Options authorization form is not received prior to the tuition deadline, your account will accrue late fees – see tuition policy. Not sure if you or your counselor turned in the form? Check the status in your bobcat web account using these instructions.

Step 4: Get Your Books. Depending on your school district, you may have a bookstore credit. Connect with you counselor for more information on how to get your books or reimbursement for your book purchases. 

Other Important Information

  • Use your Bobcat Web Account and check your COCC email. You can register for classes, check grades and pay for non-Expanded Options classes via your Bobcat Web Account. COCC will send important messages and notifications to your COCC email so check this resource often. You can log-in to these accounts from the Student Log-In page.
  • Even though you are still a high school student, you still need to be aware of and follow all college policies, expectations, and deadlines associated with enrollment and instruction as outlined in the COCC College Catalog.
  • Parents: please see our Confidentiality and FERPA information.


Contact your high school counselor for questions about the Expanded Options program and your eligibility. COCC's Admissions & Records department is available at 541-383-7500 or welcome@cocc.edu for questions about applying to COCC, enrollment steps or registering for classes.