Wisconsin Youth Options Program
The Youth Options Program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at colleges and universities in Wisconsin. Approved courses count toward high school graduation and college credit.

The program opens the door to greater learning opportunities for motivated students considering a technical career, wishing to begin college early, or preparing themselves to enter the workforce immediately after high school graduation.

Under Youth Options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school board (Principal) determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district. If approved by the school board, the student can receive both high school and college credit upon completion of the course. A student who successfully completes their high school graduation requirements earns a high school diploma regardless of whether the requirements were met while attendign a high school or college.

The application deadline for the fall semester is March 1 and the application deadline for spring semester is October 1. Applications will not be processed after these dates. See your school counselor for more information.

Youth Options Information

Youth Options Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Options Plan & Report Form

Gateway Youth Options Application Process

Youth Options Contract & SH Release

Differences Between High School and College