The 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 eliminated the Course Options and Youth Options programs. The Youth Options statute (118.55) was renamed the Early College Credit Program. The 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). School districts should contact the Wisconsin Technical College System listed below for more information on technical college dual credit options. All changes are effective 7/1/2018.
For a more detailed understanding of the changes from youth options to early college credit, please review the revised statute for the Early College Credit Program.
The following resources are designed to aid understanding and implementation of the Early College Credit Program.
Senior Policy Advisor for Financial Aid and Student Success