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.