An affordable bachelor’s degree

There’s more than one way to get a bachelor’s degree. In fact, Columbus State gives you more than 200 ways through our Preferred Pathways, 2+2 transfer agreements, and even 3+1 options. Our Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are designed to fulfill the first two years of general requirements toward a bachelor’s degree. Earn your associate degree with us and admission and credit transfer are guaranteed at all Ohio public colleges and at many privates, as well.

No matter which path you choose, at Columbus State you’ll find the options, support and quality academics reach your goal of a bachelor’s degree. And the affordability to avoid the burden of college debt.

High School Students
College Credit Plus

This program provides high school students with the opportunity to take college courses while still enrolled and actively engaged in high school.

Students earning college credit in high school through the College Credit Plus program, then completing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Columbus State can save 52-75% on the total tuition costs of a bachelor’s degree.

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COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS
Dual Credit = College Savings

Dual Credit classes are provided at no charge to the student, saving families thousands of dollars on college tuition. Many credits transfer to any public college or University in Ohio, giving you a no-cost head start on college.

  • In Autumn 2015, more than 2,400 College Credit Plus students earned more than 11,200 credit hours. That’s a tuition saving of over $1.5 million for Ohio families!
  • Student success rates in Columbus State’s College Credit Plus courses exceeds 90%. (Students obtaining a grade of “C” or better.)
  • Students entering college with at least 12 credit hours have a better chance of completing their bachelor’s degree (ACT study, 2015).

For maximum savings, apply Dual Credit college credits toward an associate degree at Columbus State. Most degrees require approximately 60 hours of credit, so you can earn half or even all of your credits through the Dual Credit Program!

Earn college credit with no cost for tuition, fees and books*
Conveniently schedule courses at your high school, at Columbus State, or online
Complete college credits toward the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with assurance that college credits will transfer**
Complete college credits toward a two-year degree or certificate that prepares you for immeidate employment
Gain exposure to the pace and rigor of college-level work, so you know what to expect when you go to college
Accelerate your progress toward college/career certificate completion
Create your academic plan with and assigned advisor
Scenario 1:

Student does not participate in Dual Credit. Earns a bachelor’s degree at a four-year Ohio public university:

TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $91,600

Scenario 2:

Student does not participate in Dual Credit but earns associate degree at Columbus State before transferring to an Ohio four-year university to earn bachelor’s degree.

  • Total associate degree cost: $8,100
  • Average 2-year costs at Ohio public university: $53,800

TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $61,900

TOTAL SAVINGS: $29,700

Scenario 3:

Student earns 15 hours of Dual Credit courses in high school for both junior and senior years, accumulating 30 credit hours, and then earns an associate degree at Columbus State before transferring to an Ohio public four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

  • Total Dual Credit credits earned: 30
  • Cost to student: $0
  • Remaining credits needed for associate degree: 30
  • Total associate degree cost: $4078.
  • Remaining credits needed for bachelor’s degree: 60.
  • Average two-year costs at Ohio public university: $53,800

TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $57,878

TOTAL SAVINGS: $33,722

Scenario 4:

Scenario 4: Student earns 30 hours of Dual Credit in high school for both junior and senior years, accumulating 60 credit hours to earn an associate degree at Columbus State before transferring to an Ohio four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

  • Total Dual Credit credits earned: 60.
  • Cost to student: $0
  • Total credits needed for associate degree: 0.
  • Total credits needed for bachelor’s degree: 60.
  • Average 2-year costs at Ohio public university: $53,800
  • Total associate degree cost: $0

TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $53,800

TOTAL SAVINGS: $37,800

Costs for scenarios assume full-time attendance for four semesters at Columbus State and/or at a public university including tuition, room and board. Scenarios assume 60 hours required for an associate degree and 120 hours required for a bachelor’s degree. Cost estimates do not include additional fees such as lab fees, text books, etc. Many students receive financial aid to reduce college costs. Visit cscc.edu/debtfreedegree for more information on college costs.

*Based on College Credit Plus funding approval.
**Credit transfer is guaranteed through Preferred Pathway agreements and under the Ohio Transfer To Degree Guarantee.
College Students
Preferred Pathway

Choose a Preferred Pathway program and your plan of study is mapped out from the time you start at Columbus State until the time you graduate from the 4-year partner college or university you choose. Admission and credit transfer are guaranteed, and every credit applies directly to your chosen major when you transfer.

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PREFERRED PATHWAY
Leading low cost pathways to degree attainment and student success for all.

Our Preferred Pathway program is a partnership with nine area universities that guarantees admission for our graduates toward affordable 2+2 and 3+1 bachelor’s degree programs. By completing freshman and sophomore years at Columbus State, Preferred Pathway students save between 40% – 67% off the cost of a bachelor’s degree through 2+2 partnerships when they complete junior and senior years after transferring.

It pays to transfer. Preferred Pathway students reap a double benefit.

Transfer students are more likely than “native” four-year peers to complete their bachelor’s degree after eight years. AND, eight years later, all students’ earnings increased, but four-year entrants’ salaries had still not surpassed those of two-year entrants. (Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education & Employment, 2016)
Transfer students who earned bachelor’s degrees reaped the benefits of lowered costs and stronger earnings over the first years of enrollment, resulting in positive accumulated net benefits ($16,711), while native four-year students were still paying off their accumulated costs (-$7,179).
When comparing the accumulated cost-benefits, the much higher accumulated costs ($65,609) of four-year attendances compared with two-year attendance ($29,599) resulted in a much higher net benefits for two-year students.
Students who start at community colleges and transfer to complete their bachelor’s degree graduate at a higher rate (73%) than students who start at four-year institutions (63%). (National Student Clearing House Research Center, 2013)
Preferred Pathway partnerships are more crucial than ever before when considering:
  • Today’s graduation class will carry more debt than any other class in history! New data for 2016 calculated that the class of 2016 will have the highest debt yet, at $37,172. Tripling in two decades. (CBS Money Watch, May 2016) (Wall Street Journal, May 2016)
  • In Ohio, average student debt has risen to the 12th highest in the nation at $29,353.
  • Nearly 70% of bachelor’s degree holders graduate with debt, but this figure skews disproportionality with those who attend prestigious nonprofit universities faring far better than graduates of nonselective public colleges. And lower income students of color borrowed more than their white peers. (Wall Street Journal, May 2016)
  • For Ohio families, student loan debt is 54.3% of their household income, ranking the 9th highest in the nation. Even more detrimental to their prosperity when considering median household income in Ohio is 19th lowest in the nation at $54,070.