Wisconsin's Youth Options Programs

Wisconsin's youth options program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a UW institution, a Wisconsin technical college, one of the state's participating private nonprofit institutions of higher education, or tribally-controlled colleges. 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 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 successful 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 attending a high school or college.


Kevin Miller
Email: kevin.miller@dpi.wi.gov
Phone: 608-267-3161

Judith Stowell
Office Operations Associate
Email: judith.stowell@dpi.wi.gov
Phone: 608-267-9245


Program Information Contacts Resources

Reminders and Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Options Brochure (tri-fold)

Youth Options Brochure (non-folding)


General Differences Between High School and College



Course Options Website

Private Colleges

School District Contacts

State Level Contacts


Tribal Agencies


UW Colleges and Universities

Wisconsin Technical College System Contacts

Program Application Form, PI-8700-A

Transportation Reimbursement Claim, PI-8701

Private College Reimbursement Amount

§ 118.55, Wis. Stats.

§ PI 40 Wis Admin Code

District Youth Options Coordinator Designation Form PI 8703




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