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Frequently Asked Questions - Post-Secondary Options

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  1. Who is eligible for this program? All public school high school students are eligible to participate on a full-time or part-time basis. Students with a high school diploma or GED are not eligible. Nonpublic high school students are eligible if their high school has notified the Ohio Department of Education in writing of their intent to participate in the Post-secondary Enrollment Options program by April 1st of the previous year.
  2. How many classes may I take? Students can enroll in one or more classes. You may not exceed the total number of periods available at your high school during an official school day minus a lunch period.
  3. What if my high school offers a comparable class? Students are eligible to take a college course that is comparable to the one offered by the student's high school if the student has not already received credit for the course.
  4. What if I take a course and my high school does not have a similar course? All college courses successfully completed under Option B must be awarded high school graduation credit to meet the school district's total units of credit required for graduation. The school district will determine if a course is appropriate for subject credit.
  5. Can I take summer classes in the PSO program? No. The financial arrangements for this program only apply to courses taken during the regular school year. All courses taken in the summer at the Owens Community College are the financial responsibility of the student and/or parent.
  6. Can I take night classes courses? Yes. PSO students may take night courses, weekend courses and Webcourses. Webcourses should only be considered if no other courses can be found to fit into a PSO student's schedule. These courses generally require a highly motivated student with good time management skills.
  7. What happens if I fail a class? Students who complete courses but receive failing grades are entitled to have these expenses paid. School districts have the option, through formal board action, to permit cost of the post -secondary education to default to the student /parent if a student participating in PSO fails to complete a course for reasons other than those generally accepted by the school district.
  8. Will credits earned under the PSO program be transferable to other colleges/universities? Colleges/universities determine transfer of credits. Students and parents concerned about future credit transfer should contact the college/university the student may be interested in attending. A visit to the Owens Online Transfer Center may also be helpful.
  9. How will transportation be handled? Be sure to make arrangements to get to classes on time. Transportation reimbursement may be requested from the school district if the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch. In general, transportation cost may be provided only on the basis of financial need.
  10. Who pays for PSO courses? Courses taken under Post - Secondary Enrollment Options Program (Option A), all cost of education is the responsibility of the student/parent. Students participating in (Option B), the cost of tuition, fees, and necessary books and materials will be paid for you by your school district. Students will be required to pay for special equipment for courses, such as calculators, art supplies, eye safety equipment, and microcomputers are a few of the items that may need to be purchased.
  11. How many classes can a PSO student take? A student can apply to enroll in one or more classes. A PSO student may not exceed the total number of periods available at the high school during a school day, less the standard lunch period. If a high school is on a block schedule, scheduling should be based on the equivalent of an eight (8) period day.
  12. Can home - schooled students participate in the PSO program? Home-schooled students cannot participate in the PSO program. However, the home-schooled student may do one of the following to become eligible to participate in the PSO program:
    1. See if the local high school has a policy for part-time student participation.
    2. Enroll at the local public/ nonpublic high school as a fulltime student and be governed by the school districts policies and procedures for PSO.
    3. Contact the Ohio Department of Education for other options.

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