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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). 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. 

*NEW* IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT RECENTLY ENACTED CHANGES TO THE Early College Credit Program (ECCP)

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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 dualenrollment@dpi.wi.gov (608) 267-3161