Youth Options

What is Youth Options?

The Youth Options program allows all public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a Wisconsin institution of higher education. An institution of higher education includes all UW System institutions.

The program opens the door to greater learning opportunities for students who are wishing to begin college early.

The student does not have to pay for a postsecondary course if the school board determines the course may receive high school credit and is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. If approved by the school board, the student will receive both high school and postsecondary credit for a successfully completed course. The high school will grant a diploma to a student who has successfully completed high school graduation standards, regardless of whether the requirements were met at the high school or a postsecondary institution.

How does it work?

  • If you are a public high school student entering your junior or senior year, and are in good academic standing, you may qualify to take college courses at UW-Fond du Lac.
  • Your local high school district pays the tuition for eligible courses.
  • Your school board determines if a college course is acceptable for high school credit and that it is not comparable to any course offered by the high school.
  • Visit the State of Wisconsin Youth Options frequently asked questions page.

How do I get started?

  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor to determine if you are eligible for Youth Options and to begin the application process. The deadline for applying to your school district is March 1 for the fall semester or October 1 for the spring semester.
  • Your school district determines which course(s) you are eligible to take and will notify you of the decision.
  • Approved courses can be taken during the fall or spring semester. Summer courses are not eligible.
  • To apply fill out the Youth Options Application.

Important Tips

  • You are responsible for transportation to and from UW-Fond du Lac.
  • Some courses have prerequisites that must be met prior to enrolling. Check with UW-Fond du Lac to confirm.
  • The expectation for college courses differs from high school and you must be prepared for the additional responsibilities.
  • Work with your guidance counselor and UW-Fond du Lac Solution Center staff to determine suitable courses, to complete the Orientation and Registration processes, and for other details.

WI Dept. of Public Instruction Homepage           

WI Dept. of Public Instruction Youth Options page

Youth Options Brochure                                             

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