Youth Options and Course Options

What is Youth Options?

The Youth Options Program is an opportunity for Wisconsin public high school juniors and seniors to take one or more courses for high school and college credit at a UW institution, a Wisconsin technical college, or one of the state's participating private or tribally-controlled colleges.

A Youth Options student does not pay tuition for a college course if the school district determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not equivalent to a course already offered in the school district.

What is Course Options?

Course Options law allows a pupil enrolled in a public school district (K-12) to take up to two courses at any time from an educational institution. Wisconsin Educational institutions are defined under the Course Options statute as: A public school in a nonresident school district; the University of Wisconsin System; a technical college; nonprofit institutions of higher education; a tribal college; a charter school; and a nonprofit organization that has been approved by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

A Course Options student will be responsible for 50% of the tuition of the eligible Institution for Higher Education (IHE) if the course taken would result in college credit upon successful completion. The resident school district will pay to the IHE will be 50% of the tuition the IHE charges for the course, not to exceed 50% of UW-Madison tuition for a course with the same number of credits, plus any feeds and/or book costs. 

How does a student participate in these programs?

Students interested in participating in these programs should talk with their high school guidance counselor and the appropriate staff at the postsecondary institution to select an appropriate course (or courses).  More information about Course Options and Youth Options can be found on the WI DPI website.
For Youth Options, students must notify the school board of their intent to participate in the program by completing the UWSP Youth Options Program Application​ and submitting it by March 1 for the fall semester, and October 1 for the spring semester.  Students must also apply to the postsecondary institution and comply with all of the institution's admissions standards and application deadlines. Be sure to read the Youth Options Program General Information and Procedures​ before completing the application.
For Course Options, students must apply through the WI DPI site to the postsecondary institution not later than 6 weeks prior to the course commencement date.

After I send in the application, how soon will I hear from UW-Stevens Point?

Once a student’s application is complete (application, high school transcripts, and ACT score report), UWSP will review the information and send out a letter to the student and the high school within several weeks.  If Advanced Placement (AP) courses fulfill a prerequisite for a course, scores will also be required upon completion of the application.  If accepted, this letter will indicate which courses are offered and approved for the semester.  The letter will also include information on the pre-registration session that all first-time Youth Options students are required to attend.

Do I need to do anything before I register?

Yes - you will need to attend a pre-registration information session.  There will be information about this session in your acceptance letter.

When will I register for my class(es)?

Youth Options students will register AFTER incoming freshman and transfer students.  For the fall semester, this will be in August; for the spring semester, this will be in January.

Am I guaranteed to get into the class(es) I have been approved to take?

No - UW-Stevens Point is limited in the number of students it may enroll each year, which may affect the ability of Youth Options students to enroll and/or the number of credits for which students will be able to enroll. In the event that space is not available or a student’s preferred course(s) cannot be conveniently scheduled, the student is encouraged to list alternate courses on the application so that the school board is able to determine the acceptability of those course(s) when reviewing the application.

Who can I contact for more information about Youth Options?

If you have questions about Youth Options at UW-Stevens Point, please contact:
Demetrius Walker
Admissions Counselor
(715) 346-2441

Additional Resources

UWSP Youth Options General Information / Procedures

Course Options Application
Statewide information and application.

UWSP Course Catalog
Not sure what a class is about? Read course descriptions in the university catalog.

UWSP Youth Options Application

UWSP Course Timetable
Find out what days / times specific courses are being offered, as well as how many seats are still available.

UWSP Academic Calendar
See when classes begin and end, and when classes are not being held during the semester.