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Early College Credit Program

Eligible Students

Students attending Wisconsin public and private schools.
Wis. Stat. § 118.55(2)(a)

Eligible Grades

9 - 12
Wis. Stat. § 118.55(2)(a)

Eligible Institutions

Collectively referred to as “Institutions of Higher Education” (IHE) Includes UW System institutions, tribally controlled colleges, and private, nonprofit institutions of higher education.
Wis. Stat. § 118.55(1)(bm)

Eligible Semesters

Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Wis. Stat. § 118.55(2)(a)

College/Course Credit Limitation

18 college credits total with corresponding district policy; no annual or semester limits UW System institutions must notify student of whether credits earned are transferable between and within institutions. Wis. Stat. §§ 118.55(3)(c) and (7t)(a)

Important Dates (Application/Notification)

  • Students must notify district of intent to enroll in Early College Credit Program courses by March 1st (for fall courses) and October 1st (for spring courses). No specification for summer course application deadline . Wis. Stat. § 118.55(3)(a)
  • District must notify student of approval and/or rejection of desired courses before the beginning of the semester in which the pupil will be enrolled. Wis. Stat. § 118.55(3)(b)
  • District will notify students of approval and/or rejection of desired courses by April 20 for Fall and November 20 for Spring.

Application and Notification

Semester prior to starting ECCP:

  • Student must submit an application to the IHE
  • The student must notify the school board or the governing body of the private school of the student’s intent to enroll in an IHE.

During application period (see Important Dates section):

  • Click here to be connected with the Early College Credit application.

IHE Method of Selecting Applicants

An IHE must admit a student if there is space available and the student meets the requirements and prerequisites of the course. Wis. Stat. § 118.55(4)(a)1. and 2.  

District Denial of High School Credit for ECCP Course

Doesn’t satisfy a high school graduation requirement · District offers comparable course:

  • Note: see payment section, district is still responsible for 25% of the cost in the event the course istaken for postsecondary credit only.

Wis Stat. § 118.55(3)(b)

Appeal Considerations

  • Meets graduation requirements
  • District offers comparable course
  • Filed within 30 days of receiving decision

Wis. Stat. § 118.55(3)(b)

Responsibility for paying cost of approved course

Student’s district of full-time attendance, state, IHE, and pupil (if applicable).
Wis. Stat. § 118.55(5)

Cost of Course (Who Pays?)

High School Credit Only OR High School AND Postsecondary Credit

  • School District – 75% if the District does not offer a comparable course
  • State – 25% (The DPI shall reimburse the school board of the school district the amount received from the department of workforce development under thissection)
  • Pupil – 0%

Postsecondary Credit Only If the District does not offer a comparable course

  • School District - 25%
  • State – 50% (The DPI shall reimburse the school board of the school district the amount received from the department of workforce development under thissection)
  • Pupil – 25% (the school board/private school must waive and pay the pupil's share of the tuition charge if it is determined that it would pose an undue financial burden to the student and their family, as determined by DPI administrative rule.)

Notes: IHE cost-sharing through limit on allowable tuition charge High School Credit Only · For WTCS and UW-System, actual cost of tuition, fees, books, and other necessary materials directly related to the course. · For private, nonprofit colleges, lesser of the actual cost of tuition fees, books, and other materials directly related to the course or an amount determined according to statutory formula. 4 The tuition charged for each credit assigned to the course may not exceed the following: For an institution within the UW System or a tribally controlled college (other than UW college campus), cost is 1/3 of the amount that would be charged for each credit assigned to the course to an individual who is a Wisconsin resident and who is enrolled as an undergraduate student. For a UW college campus(two-year campus), cost is 1/2 of the amount that would be charged for each credit assigned to the course to an individual who is a Wisconsin resident and who is enrolled as an undergraduate student. For a private, nonprofit institution of higher education, cost is 1/3 of the amount that would be charged for each credit assigned to a similar course offered by the UW-Madison to an individual who is a Wisconsin resident and is enrolled at the UW-Madison as an undergraduate student.
Wis. Stat. § 118.55(5)(a)-(e)

Transportation

Student/parent responsible for any transportation costs for attending course(s) Note: funding is available to assist in transportation costs for families in need.

Click here to access the Transportation Reimbursement Claim form.  

Submit this completed form and a copy of the PI-8700-A within 30 days of the end of the college semester for which the claim is being filed to:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Federal Aids and Audits Section
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Wis. Stat. § 118.55(7g)

Comparable Courses

Click here for a current listing of comparable courses that the district has maintained. This list is not comprehensive and is updated regularly based on any changes in curriculum or regulations. This list is not a guarantee that the IHE is offering the course(s).

Initial Process for Early College Credit Program (ECCP):

  1. Student meets with high school counselor and discusses coursework and schedule to make determinations about whether or not the ECCP program fits the students needs.
    1. Click here for the RUSD Master Course List of approvals and denials from past courses (review “Comparable Courses” for more information).
    2. Click here for 2018-2019 Course
  2. If student elects to move forward with the program, student completes the application process with the institution of higher education (IHE).
    1. This process will vary widely based on the IHE. Student should contact the IHE directly for more information.
  3. During the application window, student does the following:
    1. Required: Completes the ECCP application and submits the document to the high school counselor.
    2. Required: Completes the ECCP Checklist and indicates parent e-mail address.
    3. Required:Follow up with parent to ensure Parent ECCP Checklist is completed.
  4. After the deadline for application (review “Important Dates” for more information), the district will review all required documents and make a determination on the approval/denial of requested courses based on the comparability with any district courses.
  5. The district will inform the student/parent of which requested courses were approved or denied by the deadline (review “Important Dates” for more information).
  6. If a course was denied and the student/parent wishes to dispute the decision made by the district, they must follow the appeal process within 30 days of the dated letter sent listing approvals/denials.

Final Process for Early College Credit Program (ECCP):

  1. Student completes course.
  2. IHE sends transcript of completion to school.
  3. School records progress and forwards transcripts to the student by way of the high school.
    1. If it is determined that a course was not completed (dropped, withdrawn, failed), student/parent are billed for charges related to that course.