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What is College Now?
The College Now program offers high school students the opportunity to earn college
credit while still attending high school. The classes are taught at the high school,
during the school day, by COCC approved high school teachers. There are two different
types of courses offered through this program.
College Now/CTE courses are selected career technical courses which will move students along a Career Pathway, in a Program of Study, leading to a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree. Options include courses in allied health, automotive, biology, business administration, criminal justice, culinary, early childhood education, emergency medical technician, forestry, manufacturing and nursing.
College Now/Transfer courses can be used to meet COCC certificate or degree requirements or transferred to many other community colleges and universities across Oregon and the U.S. COCC is currently articulating the following courses: math, science, literature, writing, health & human performance, film and history.
Not every course is offered at every high school. Check out our listing of courses by school to see what classes you can take.
Do students have to be enrolled in high school to take these courses?
Do students need to have a certain status to be eligible for College Now?
College Now classes are usually limited to seniors and qualified juniors. Exceptions may be made for other students, deemed by their high school teachers to meet the prerequisite skills/aptitudes for each particular course. If you're interested in a particular class, ask the teacher if you're qualified to take it.
Students must be enrolled in a high school class that articulates with a College Now course.
Is a College Now student officially admitted to COCC?
How much does it cost?
The College Now courses fee is $25 per credit. Students can save up to $296 per course over regular COCC tuition. Plus there are no other fees or books to purchase
COCC does not offer any scholarships, but some high schools have funds to help lower income students. Check with your high school counselor or bookkeeper.
COCC tuition waivers (for dependents of COCC employees) do NOT cover College Now, since it is a fee, not tuition.
Who teaches College Now courses?
Classes are taught by regular teachers at your high school. Teachers must meet the same criteria as regular COCC facutly and be approved by the COCC department in which their course is taught.
See our Teacher Approval Process for more details.
Are these courses hard?
What does it mean to get college credit?
If I want to take one of these courses, but I DON'T want college credit, do I have to sign up?
What if I'm not doing very well in the class?
If you drop the class before the "drop date," it will not show up on your transcript. Click on the College Now Calendar page for your high school to see exact drop dates; each school has a slightly different schedule.
If you drop after the drop date, you will get a grade of W on your transcript. Ws aren't calculated into your GPA, but they do impact your completion rate, which could hurt you later on when you try to get financial aid. To get a W, you need to submit a drop form before the withdrawal date (usually a week before finals, but check the College Now Calendar page to be sure.)
If you drop the high school course, you must also drop the college course, using our drop form, or you will earn an F.
Download a fillable Drop Form.
What if I get an F or a W?
How will documents be transmitted between the high school and the community college?
At the beginning of the course, the high school teacher will send the completed registration
form and class fee for each student to the College Now office. Students must register
with the high school teacher by the deadline. No late registrations are accepted.
At many schools (Crook County, Culver, La Pine, Madras, Redmond, Ridgeview, and Sisters)
registrations and fees are collected by the high school bookkeeper. At other schools
(Bend, Marshall, Mountain View, Summit, RPA and schools outside Central Oregon,) registrations
are collected by the individual teachers.
At completion of a class, the high school teacher will send the final grade roster and any other documentation specific to the course to the College Now office. Documentation will be routed to the appropriate college department for review and approval. Documents may be mailed, faxed, e-mailed or hand-carried by the teacher, an administrator or COCC staff member. Students may not hand-carry their own materials to COCC.
Within Central Oregon, most of the paperwork will be transported by the College Now Liaison.
How are College now courses graded?
Who transcripts the credit earned, and how will students be notified?
Will the college send the student a grade report?
No. End of term grades are available via the students Bobcat Web Account and will not be mailed. Grades are available approximately five days after the end of each college term. Exact dates are printed on each high school's calendar. Directions for checking grades are found at Grades and Student Records.
This video shows you how to check your grades and send a transcript.
How can a student print an unofficial transcript?
You may print an unofficial transcript from your Bobcat Web Account.
This video shows you how to view your unofficial transcript.
How does a student request a copy of an official COCC transcript?
Students may request an official transcript via their Bobcat Web Account or in writing. See Request a Transcript.
This video shows you how to check your grades and send a transcript.
Can College Now credits affect future financial aid?
Yes! There may be future financial aid implications for unsatisfactory academic progress (grade of D or F) in a College Now class. Unsatisfactory academic progress includes a cumulative college GPA below 2.0 and a cumulative completion rate below 66.67% of calculated credits at the end of each term.
When a student applies for federal financial aid, the Financial Aid office at the college evaluates all previous grades and credits on that students transcript. That will include grades and credits you attempt in College Now classes. In addition, students are limited to financial aid eligibility only for 150% of the published credit length of a selected academic program. All credits listed on a students transcript, including college credits attempted in high school, count toward the 150% limit for your selected program. The limit is approximately 135 credits for a two-year degree.
Oregon Promise covers only the the first 90 credits -- which includes any credits earned in high school, even if Oregon Promise doesn't pay for the those credits. For more information, see COCC's Financial Aid web page.
Will my classes transfer to another college?
What happens if there is a payment problem?
For students who pay through their school (currently Crook County, Culver, La Pine,
Madras, Redmond, Ridgeview, and Sisters high schools,) payment issues will be handled
by the high school bookkeeper. For students who make payment to COCC, it can take
up to 4 weeks after the registration deadline for us to process payments.
If your credit card is rejected for any reason, we will contact the student by phone and email. If the student has given us permission to contact their parent (i.e. they listed their parent(s) on the registration form AND signed the form) we will also contact the parents with payment options.
Teachers will be notified there is a problem with a student's registration, but not the nature of the problem.
Bounced checks will be handled by the COCC Fiscal Services department and result in a penalty fee. The student will remain enrolled in the class, but failure to resolve the payment issue will prevent the student from registering for any other COCC classes, and may prevent the student from requesting transcripts.
More info: College Now Introductory Video.