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Earn College Credit Through Youth Options Program

Get a jump-start on creating a brighter future by earning college credit while you’re still in high school.

The Youth Options program allows juniors and seniors attending a Wisconsin public high school to take college-level courses and receive both college and high school credit. Youth Options is open to male and female high school students. Youth Options courses are on college campuses, including at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

About the Youth Options Program

The Youth Options program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). To learn how to get started, follow these steps:

  1. Talk to your high school guidance counselor.
  2. Visit the WDPI website for details and frequently asked questions about the program.
  3. Plan ahead. For the fall semester, deadlines are March 1. For spring semester, deadlines are October 1.
  4. Research course options in Mount Mary University’s course catalog and work with Mount Mary’s Youth Options Coordinator to find eligible courses.

How to Apply to Youth Options Program

  1. Complete the Youth Options Program Plan and Report (PI-8700). Consult with the Mount Mary Youth Options Coordinator when filling out this form.
  2. Complete Mount Mary University’s Youth Options Special Student Application.
  3. Submit your official high school transcripts (ACT scores are optional) to Mount Mary’s Admission Office. Use Mount Mary’s Transcript Request Form (PDF) to help move the process forward.
  4. Complete and submit the Youth Options Participant Agreement Form.
  5. Complete and submit the Youth Options Billing Information Form. (Note: Students of Milwaukee Public Schools are not required to complete this billing form.)
  6. Complete and submit the Education Loan Contract Form.

What to Do After You’re Approved

If you are approved to participate in the Youth Options program, you will receive a confirmation packet. You’ll then need to take the following steps:

  1. Register for the course(s) you selected, if room is available in the courses.
  2. Attend orientation. A mandatory orientation is held before the semester starts to help you get acquainted with the Mount Mary campus and prepare yourself for the first day of class.
  3. Buy or rent textbooks. It is your responsibility to purchase or rent your textbooks before class begins. Be sure to save your receipts because some districts offer reimbursement. Textbooks are available at Mount Mary’s bookstore.

After you complete the course, you can receive your official transcripts through the Mount Mary University Registrar’s Office.

Student Privacy Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Regardless of age, once a student is enrolled at a postsecondary institution, the FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student.

As a participant in Youth Options, students are considered enrolled in a postsecondary institution, so their rights are transferred. Because Youth Options students are enrolled in both high school and college, the two schools may exchange information about the student. The rights still remain to the parent regarding high school records and the parent may inspect and review records sent by the college to the high school.

If a student wants to complete a FERPA waiver form, they can give their parent rights to access their Mount Mary information. Contact the Youth Options Coordinator for the FERPA waiver form.