College Now - Credits with a Purpose

Have a question about College Now? Read on! If you have a question that isn't listed, email Nichole Wamsley at wamsleyn@lanecc.edu for an answer.


Financial Aid

  • Will my College Now credits impact my Oregon Promise?

    It could. The Oregon Promise grant will be revoked once you reach an attempted 90 college credits. You can check your cumulative attempted Lane credits on your unoffiical transcript in myLane. 


    • As of Fall 2017, Oregon Promise also has an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) eligibility range   
    • Dropping a regular college course is included in the attempted 90 credits

    The following video and explanation are copied from Oregon Promise's FAQ 

    What does the 90 credit limit include?

    This is a limit on the total number of college credits you have attempted. Once you have attempted a total of 90 college credits, you are no longer eligible for Oregon Promise. All of the following types of credits count toward the 90 credit limit:

    • College credits you take while in high school or as part of a high school completion program
    • College credits you take during summer term*
    • College credits you take at another college or university while dual-enrolled at a community college
    • College credits for courses you withdraw from or fail
    • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits earned 
    • Any other college credits you attempt or complete prior to and during your time as an Oregon Promise recipient

    *Oregon Promise does not pay for summer courses.

  • Will my College Now credits impact my financial aid (FAFSA)?

    As a student registering for a College Now course, you are attempting college credit. The credit and grade are part of your permanent Lane transcript, which Financial Aid uses to calculate your Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards and how long it will take to complete your program (150% Maximum Attempted Credit). Financial Aid calculates all attempted college credit even though you were in high school and didn’t receive financial aid.

    It is important that you enroll in College Now courses purposefully, taking time to consider future college degrees or certificates you may pursue and if your College Now courses will meet the specific degree or certificate requirements (or prerequisites).
    You can read more about these policies in the Financial Aid Handbook
  • How does repeating a College Now course impact my financial aid (FAFSA)?

    Financial Aid Repeat Rule

    A standard financial aid rule is that a course may only be funded one more time after you received an initial D- or higher.

    If you receive a D- or higher in a College Now course and then want to repeat it through College Now, no matter what the grade is in the repeat, you have used up the repeat funding clause. If you had to take it again at Lane while using financial aid, it would not be calculated into your enrollment level therefore, the 3rd attempt would not be funded.
    College Now credits are considered attempted college credits even though you did not receive financial aid at the time.

    Example of losing funding for a course before being eligible for financial aid
    • 1st attempt: College Now MTH 111 Spring 2016 earned D- grade
    • 2nd attempt: College Now MTH 111 Fall 2016 earned F grade
    • You graduate from high school, come to Lane and find out your College Now MTH 111 grade does not meet program requirements
    • 3rd attempt: at Lane, course MTH 111 Fall 2017 – no financial aid funds for just this course
    In this situation, if your high school allows you to take MTH 111 a 3rd time, you should do so since College Now courses are no cost to the student.

    Example of funding allowed for a repeat
    • 1st attempt: College Now WR 121 Spring 2017 earned D- grade
    • You graduate, come to Lane and find out your College Now WR 121 grade does not meet program requirements
    • 2nd attempt: at Lane, course WR 121 Fall 2017. Financial aid would fund this repeat and only this repeat regardless of grade earned

    Two exception to this rule
    1. The course is considered “repeatable a specified amount of times” in the course descriptions section in the Lane catalog
    2. The College Now credit is from another college


  • Will my College Now credits be accepted by all other colleges or universities?

    The number of credits accepted by other institutions is determined by which programs they have and how many transfer and elective credits they accept. Even if the other institutions accept the credits, the credits may not be equivalent to the courses required for your program.

    It is important to check with their Admissions Office/Academic Advisor to see if any articulation agreements exist. Be sure to also use their transfer equivalency tool to determine how credits will or will not transfer. 

  • What Is the Difference Between College Now, AP, and IB courses?

    In many high schools, students have the option of taking AP or IB classes. College Now courses gives them another option for college credit, and a getting a jump start on their college careers! The chart below explains the difference between these programs. In some cases, students can take a combination of College Now and AP or IB.

    Program College Now AP IB
    Cost FREE $93 per exam  Up to $164 per student plus $110 per subject per student for families.
    Free/Reduced Lunch Cost FREE FREE Reduced Fees
    On a college transcript Yes No No
    Proficiency-Based Learning No Yes Yes
    Final Project No No Yes
    Accepted for Credit at Other Colleges Yes, with same limitations as all Lane credits. Dependent on test scores; may only qualify for placement purposes. Dependent on college's IB policies.
    Open to All Students Yes, if course and high school faculty have an approved articulation agreement. Limited to those higher achieving students. Limited to those higher achieving students.
  • If I repeat a College Now course, will both grades be on my transcript?

    If you earn a higher grade on the repeated course, you can Petition to Absolve the lower grade. The class and original grade stays on the transcript, but the grade is removed from your overall GPA. You can do this petition even if you repeat the course after high school graduation.

    You will see an ‘E’ next to the lower grade which means the grade was removed from your cumulative GPA.  You will see an ‘I’ next to the higher grade which means that grade is included in your cumulative GPA.

    If you don’t submit the Petition to Absolve, then yes both grades will be on the transcript and calculated in your overall Lane GPA.

    What's the benefit?
    You will benefit by having a higher GPA for financial aid, scholarships, and employers.

    *Note: This is strictly a Lane policy and other colleges/universities may not accept the removal of a lower grade. If they do not accept this policy, the lower grade will be calculated back into your overall GPA. Contact your intended college/university Registrar to find out. 

    Read a more in-depth explanation for the Petition to Absolve.

  • After I have completed College Now courses, am I considered a returning student at Lane?

    No. You must reapply for admission to Lane on a Credit application, follow the same new student process as anyone attending Lane for the first time. However, your L# will be the same. 

  • Must I attend Lane Community College after high school in order for the College Now credits I've earned to be on a Lane transcript?

    No, but we hope you will choose to continue at Lane. Your credits may be transferred to other colleges/universities without taking further classes at Lane. To request your Lane transcript to be sent to another institution, use the transcript request process at Enrollment Services

  • Can I complete my high school diploma at Lane?

    High School Connections is not a HS Completion program. Our advisor will help you enroll in Lane and will give you suggestions on what may count as a high school credit, but it is your responsibility to confirm with your high school on what college classes count as high school credit. 

College Now Eligibility

  • Who Is Eligible For College Now Courses?

    Students register for College Now courses as they do all other high school courses under the same requirements/pre-requisites followed by their high school. Check with your high school counselor.

  • How can a student become involved in College Now (dual credit) courses?

    The process of earning credit is detailed in Steps to College Now Credit

    College Now courses offered at your high school can be found by:

  • Is there a student cost for College Now courses?

    These courses are free (no Lane CC tuition is charged to either the student or the high school). All regular high school fees for students would apply. This applies only to College Now and not all other high school student programs. By taking College Now courses you save time and money on college and can start earning college credits while still in high school.

  • How Do I Earn Credits?

    Students must complete all of the following

    1. Fill out the College Now application to obtain an L#
    2. Register for the College Now course through the mylane system, within the registration period - see student handbook
    3. Meet specific academic requirements at the same time they are satisfying high school requirerments (dual credit)