High School Students

START COLLEGE EARLY WITH UW INDEPENDENT LEARNING

As a qualified high school student, you can enroll to take self-paced, college-level distance education courses with UW Extension’s Independent Learning program while you finish high school.

Enrollment Options & Enrollment Process

There are different ways you can enroll to take UW coursework with Independent Learning while in high school. Review the program options and enrollment process below to learn more.

Option 1: Wisconsin’s Early College Credit Program

Beginning Fall 2018, high school students at public and private high schools in Wisconsin can earn college credit with UW Extension’s Independent Learning program through the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). Students can take one or more courses and earn high school credit, post-secondary credit, or both. Under ECCP, the costs of the courses are shared among the higher education institution, the school district or private school, the state, and in some cases the student’s family. In order to enroll in the ECCP, students must seek approval from their school no later than March 1 for the summer/fall semester or October 1 for the spring semester.

 

Option 1:  Wisconsin’s ECCP
Eligibility Requirements Deadline to Register Time to Complete Course
WI public or private high school students who meet course prerequisites Fall 2018 semester:

  • UW System ECCP Participation Form due on or before August 21, 2018

Spring 2019 semester:

  • UW System ECCP Participation Form due on or before December 24, 2018
Fall 2018 semester:

  • Classes start Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and end Friday, December 28, 2018*

Spring 2019 semester:

  • Classes start Monday, January 7, 2019 and end Friday, May 3, 2019*

*or earlier or later deadline approved by the school.

Enrollment Process
  1. Review the current Independent Learning Course Catalog and identify the course/s you’d like to enroll.
  2. Complete the UW System ECCP Participation Form and submit to your school board for approval by March 1 or October 1 depending on the semester you wish to enroll in the course.
  3. Send your completed UW System ECCP Participation Form* to UW Independent Learning in accordance with the deadlines listed above via email, fax at (608) 262-4096, or mail to: UW-Extension, Independent Learning Student Services, 5602 Research Park Blvd., Suite 300, Madison, WI 53719-1245.
  4. Our Student Services team will reach out via email within two weeks of your course start date with next steps for enrollment.

*Please note that high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores are not required for registration in an Independent Learning course and should not be submitted.

Option 2: Directly with UW-Extension

If you do not qualify for Wisconsin’s ECCP or you do not wish to enroll via that program, you may enroll in any Independent Learning course you’ve met the prerequisites for following the process below. You are responsible for 100% of course tuition, fees and course materials.

Option 2: Directly with UW Extension
Eligibility Requirements Deadline to Register Time to Complete Course
Any student who meets course prerequisites No deadline Up to 6 months from date of enrollment
Enrollment Process
  1. Review the current Independent Learning Course Catalog and identify the course/s you’d like to enroll.
  2. Use the “Add to Cart” link to begin your registration and use the “Checkout” link to complete your registration.
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