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Early College Credit Program

The 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 eliminated the Course Options and Youth Options programs.

  • The Course Options statute was changed to Part-time open enrollment.
  • The Youth Options statute (118.55) was renamed the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). The ECCP statute allows Wisconsin public and private high school students to take one or more courses at an institution of higher education for high school and/or college credit.
    • Under this section, “institution of higher education” means an institution within the University of Wisconsin System, a tribally controlled college, or a private, nonprofit institution of higher education located in the state.
    • While technical colleges are not eligible institutions under the new program, pupils that have completed 10th grade will continue to have the option to take courses at technical colleges through a separate statute, 38.12(14). To learn more, go to the Start College Now tab in the menu on the left.
  • All changes are effective July 1, 2018.

To learn more about ECCP, view this presentation on ECCP Basics.

UPDATE on the 2018-19 ECCP Reimbursements

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2018-19 ECCP Reimbursement Summary:

  • 227 public school districts submitted claims with a total of $359,218.67.
  • 10 private high schools submitted claims with a total of $8,692.36.
  • Total paid: $367,911.03.

Recently Enacted Changes to the Early College Credit Program

On April 16, 2018, the Governor signed AB 805, enacting significant changes to the ECCP statute. 2017 Act 307 excludes certain post-secondary courses from the rules and requirements under the ECCP, as created under Act 59. Please see the Legislative Memo for a plain language analysis of Act 307. We are in the process of updating this page to reflect the changes under Act 307.

For questions about this information, contact (608) 267-3161