Early College Credit Program & Start College Now

Early College Credit Program (ECCP) - University of Wisconsin System

Early College Credit Program (ECCP): effective for the 2018-19 school year, eliminate the Youth Options (YO) program as it exists in current law, and create the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). A high school pupil in a public or private school in the state will be permitted to enroll in a UW System institution, or a private, non-profit institution of higher education, to take one or more nonsectarian courses, for which the pupil may earn high school credit, post-secondary credit, or both. Under the ECCP, the costs of courses is shared among the institution of higher education (IHE), the school district (or private school), the state, and in some cases, the pupil’s family. The IHE shares in the cost by virtue of an allowable tuition charge. Additionally, if the pupil is receiving just postsecondary credit for a course, the pupil’s family is responsible for paying 25 percent of the allowable tuition charge, unless that payment would pose an undue financial burden on the family, as determined by the Department. School boards will be responsible for establishing policy on the method for collecting the family’s share of costs. A pupil’s family cannot be charged for any portion of the allowable tuition amount if the pupil is earning high school credit as a result of enrolling in the course (even if it is a dual enrollment situation, under which the pupil earns both high school and post-secondary credit). Neither the IHE or the school board may charge a pupil any additional costs or fees to a pupil, except that a school board may limit the amount it will pay to no more than 18 postsecondary semester credits per pupil.


Early College Credit Program Information

Early College Credit Program Application

Start College Now (SCN) - Wisconsin Technical College System

“Start College Now” will allow high school students the opportunity to take college courses at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. The process is very similar to Youth Options. In addition, feel free to review and download the application off of Wausau West’s Counseling website. Students looking to take courses in the fall semester must turn in the application by March 1, 2019. For spring semester courses the same application is used, however the due date is October 1, 2018.

Feel free to contact Ann Westrich with questions; ann.westrich@wtcsystem.edu or feel free to contact the Career Prep Coordinator at your connected Technical College.


Start College Now Information

NTC - Start College Now Application

NTC - Responsible Learner Form

NTC Student ID Instructions

Both programs have strict application deadlines.

DEADLINE: No later than

March 1 for a class to be taken in the fall semester

October 1 for a course taken in the spring semester.


For further details contact Counseling Department: (715) 261-0890