High School Students

START COLLEGE EARLY WITH UW INDEPENDENT LEARNING!

Qualified high school students can enroll to take self-paced, college-level distance education courses with UW Extension's Independent Learning program while still in high school.

With UW Independent Learning, high school participants can:

UW Independent Learning is a perfect fit for students who:

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 for which the student may 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. The ECCP & Independent Learning Forms must be received by our offices at least 2 weeks before the semester in which the student intends to enroll starts. Please see chart below.

Option 1: Early College Credit Program

Eligibility Requirements

Deadline to Register

Time to Complete Course

WI public or private high school students who meets course prerequisites

Fall 2018 semester:

  • UW System ECCP Participation Form and Independent Learning Registration Form due on or before August 21, 2018

Spring 2019 semester:

  • UW System ECCP Participation Form and Independent Learning Registration 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

  • Review the current Independent Learning Course Catalog and identify the course/s you'd like to enroll.
  • Complete the UW System ECCP Participation Form and submit to your school board by March 1 or October 1 depending on the semester you wish to enroll in the course.
  • Upon approval from your school board, complete the Independent Learning Registration form (.PDF).
  • Send your completed UW System ECCP Participation Form and your completed Independent Learning Registration form to UW Extension in accordance with the deadlines listed above.

Option 2: Course Options

For the summer 2018 term, Course Options allows any student enrolled in a Wisconsin public school to take up to two courses at a time with UW Extension's Independent Learning program. Students must be approved for Course Options by the school district in which they reside and admitted to the university if seeking to take coursework. The school district is responsible for paying 50% of tuition and fees. UW Extension covers the remaining 50% of tuition and fees. Students are not responsible for payment of any tuition or fees. The Course Options Program will be discontinued July 1, 2018.

Option 2: Course Options

Eligibility Requirements

Deadline to Register

Time to Complete Course

WI public school student of any grade level who meets course prerequisites

No deadline

Up to 6 months from date of enrollment or earlier deadline set by the student or school

Enrollment Process

  • Review the current Independent Learning Course Catalog and identify the course/s you'd like to enroll.
  • Complete WI DPI's Course Options Program Application Form, PI-8900 along with the Independent Learning Registration form (.PDF) and send to UW Extension.
  • UW Extension will complete their section of PI-8900 and return to your school district for final approval.
  • Upon determination of approval or denial, the school district or student returns the completed PI-8900 form to UW Extension.

Option 3: Directly with UW Extension

High school students who do not qualify for Wisconsin's ECCP or Course Options program or who do not wish to enroll via those programs may enroll in any Independent Learning course they've met the prerequisites for. Students are responsible for 100% of course tuition, fees and course materials.

Option 3: 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

  • Review the current Independent Learning Course Catalog and identify the course/s you'd like to enroll.
  • Use the "Add to Backpack" link to begin your registration and use the "Checkout" link to complete your registration.

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