There are a number of ways high school students can earn college credit while in high school. Some high school students enter their first year of college with enough credits to be college sophomores. Most of these programs are entirely free to the student.
- Advanced Placement allows high school students to take free college-level courses at their high school.
- College in the Schools allows high school students to take free college-level courses at their high school through partnerships between high schools and colleges.
- International Baccalaureate is a two-year pre-college diploma program that helps prepare students age 16 to 19 for higher education in the United States and overseas.
- Postsecondary Enrollment Options is a free Minnesota program that allows sophomores, juniors and seniors to take courses at a college at no cost.
Not all programs are available at all schools. Some programs also require a certain academic standing to participate. Check with your school counselor.