Youth Options

NOTE: On July 1, 2018, the Youth Options program will be restructured and become the Early College Credit Program


The Youth Options Program (YOP) was created by the Wisconsin State Legislature and allows 11th and 12th grade public high school students to enroll in courses at post-secondary institutions of higher education with fees and tuition paid by their school districts. In addition to high school graduation requirements, credits can be applied toward a technical certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree, to learn more about a field of interest, and/or to develop specific skills for entering the work-force after high school graduation.

Eligible students can access courses offered at any technical college, a UW System institution, tribally controlled college, or private / nonprofit college or university in the state of Wisconsin. Student applications are reviewed two times per year by the local school board to determine eligibility. When a student application has been approved, the district will pay the cost of tuition and necessary materials unless the student withdraws from the course or fails to earn a passing grade in the course.


The student must:
  • Be enrolled in a Wisconsin public high school as a full-time student.
  • Have completed the 10th grade prior to the start of the YOP course/s requested
  • Submit form PI-8700-A to their local school district to request post-secondary course approval no later than March 1 for a course to be taken in the fall semester or October 1 for a course to be taken in the spring semester
  • Apply to the postsecondary institution in the school semester prior to the one in which the student plans to enroll in the postsecondary course.
  • Be in good academic standing and have an acceptable disciplinary record. [technical college only]
  • Maintain satisfactory attendance and comply with the compulsory school attendance law under §118.15(1)(a), Wis. Stats.
The course must:
  • Be deemed eligible for high school credit by the school board
  • Be through an accredited post-secondary institution within the state of WI
  • Run during the regular school year (not during the summer), although the course may be outside the regular school day (evening, weekend).
  • Not be comparable to another course offered within the district


Students are responsible for transportation to and from the post-secondary institution. Transportation funding assistance is available from the DPI for low-income students (eligible for free/reduced lunch under the federal school lunch program).

A claim for transportation reimbursement form (PI-8701) must be submitted to the DPI no later than 30 days after the end of the college semester to which the claim pertains.

Additional Information (Links/Resources)

Check the links for additional information, forms, and resources on Youth Options:

General Information
Program Information & Timeline

Textbook Information
Transportation Reimbursement Form

Student Application Forms

*Connect with your School Counselor*

District Youth Options Contacts

Mr. Ryan Oertel
Director of Secondary Student Options
262.781.3030 x1111

Ms. Carol Goeller
Administrative Assistant to Directors of Secondary Instruction
262.781.3030 x1109