Driven by the prestige and expertise of the largest university system in the United States, CollegeNow offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credit through online courses, the same courses offered to part-time and full-time Tompkins Cortland students.
For High School Juniors and Seniors
These courses are taught online by Tompkins Cortland faculty and are open to qualified high school juniors and seniors as well as Tompkins Cortland students.
College courses are available at the regular part-time tuition rate to students who have their school's recommendation for online courses or who otherwise meet course prerequisites. A scholarship may be available to reduce the cost to eligible students; please inquire with your school district or CollegeNow. Textbooks are at an additional cost. In lieu of a traditional textbook, many online courses use OER, which are digital learning materials; the College charges a $10 fee for the OER.
High School Credit
Students may work with their high school to have these courses also approved for high school credit toward graduation. We will not become involved in this process. It is between the student and the high school.
These online courses follow the College's academic calendar - not the high school's calendar. If students are contemplating enrolling in one of these courses, please note that our fall semester normally begins earlier than most high schools, and high school students are required to start the online class on the college schedule. There may also be differences between Tompkins Cortland's vacation and semester breaks and those on high school calendars.
CollegeNow Online courses require high school students to have a mentor. This is usually a counselor or teacher, but others may fill this role. Duties include: helping students select appropriate courses, checking in with students during the first week of class to see that they have logged in and begun work on their course; checking in regularly through the semester to make sure students are managing time and assignments well and completing their work.
Strategies for Implementation
Some partner schools cover part of the cost of tuition for online courses taken by their students (if the courses are not taught in the school or cannot fit in the student's schedule, or if the student is part of the Early Degree initiative). A CollegeNow partner school could simply make the CollegeNow Online course catalog available to juniors and seniors in the guidance office. They would inform juniors and seniors of the opportunity, but students would pay for the courses themselves. In this case, the school still provides a mentor and helps the student select the course, but the student makes the payment. Review our suggestions for online courses.