USAO extends special offer to Chickasha high schoolers seeking college credit

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USAO extends special offer to Chickasha high schoolers seeking college credit


Thanks to a partnership with the Chickasha Public Schools, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma announced that, for the 2017-18 academic year, all eligible, concurrently enrolled high school juniors and seniors will be able to attend classes without the financial burden of tuition and fees.

Both juniors and seniors are eligible for full tuition waivers up tp six credit hours per semester, and CPS will cover the students’ fees. All students are still responsible for purchasing their required textbooks.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our local high schoolers this opportunity to get a head-start on their college education,” said Krista Maxson, vice president of academic affairs. “Before this fall, juniors were not eligible for tuition waivers, and all students were responsible for the requisite fees. Now that the financial burden on them is significantly reduced, many more of the bright young people in our area will be able to take advantage of the extraordinary education available at USAO.”

Concurrent students may enroll in a combined number of high school and college courses not to exceed 19 credit hours. One high school course is considered equivalent to three credit hours of college work. A student may also enroll in up to nine credit hours during USAO’s summer session.

Concurrent enrollment makes college courses available to advanced high school students, meaning students can earn college credits before graduating high school. Credits earned will transfer to all other public colleges in Oklahoma, while also saving students money since they do not have to worry about the added cost of room and board.

High school students wishing to enroll in college classes must complete the application for concurrent enrollment and submit it along with official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores to the USAO registrar’s office. All student must have a minimal composite ACT score of 24. Seniors must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and a ranking in the top quartile of their class; juniors must have a GPA of at least 3.5. Homeschooled students may enroll if they meet the requirements listed above and are at least 16 years of age.