Youth Options

The Youth Options program will end on July 1, 2018. It will be replaced by the Start College Now program. Any student seeking to take classes beginning Fall 2018 will need to use the new program. Please visit the Start College Now page for the new application and further information.

Youth Options is a program that allows qualified high school students to take college-level courses at Madison College. If you are a student looking for opportunities to learn beyond what is offered at your high school, Youth Options may be for you! Youth Options classes are tuition-free; your local school district pays for your participation.


Youth Options is open to any Wisconsin public school student who has maintained a high grade point average in high school and displayed the level of responsibility and maturity needed to succeed in a college level course. They may not have any significant disciplinary problems on their student record.

The course must be from the approved list of Youth Options courses, must be different from courses available at your high school, and must be approved by your high school.

For more information, check out the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Youth Options.

How to Enroll

  1. Fill out a Youth Options Program Plan and Report and and submit it to your school district. (Fall 2018: Youth Options will be replaced by a new program. Apply to the new program at Start College Now.)
  2. Set up your student account.
  3. Take care of all class prerequisites, if necessary. This may include any or all of the following: placement testing, high school transcripts, ACT scores.
  4. Enroll in your class using the Student Center.
  5. Attend your class at a Madison College campus.

Youth Options Courses

There are various Youth Options courses available for you to take. Talk to the Youth Options coordinator at your high school to determine the best course(s) for you.