Standard and Advanced Programs
You may benefit from the Standard Program or the Advanced Program if you:
You should not apply to the high school programs if you:
If you do not meet the criteria above, you may still take our high school courses without applying to one of the high school programs. Please check with your academic advisor to see whether our course credits will transfer to your school before enrolling in any of our courses.
Adult High School Diploma Program
You may benefit from the Adult High School Diploma Program if you:
You should not apply to the Adult High School Diploma Program if you are:
A Utah resident who has taken and passed the GED test after June 30, 2009
Step 1: Choose Your Program
Step 2: Create a BYU Net ID and password
This is for individuals who have not yet registered for a BYU Net ID (username) and password
You need a BYU Net ID and password before applying to a program.
Step 3: Download/Print Application
Download the PDF application for the program to which you want to apply. Standard & Advanced, Adult Diploma
Step 4: Fill out Application
Follow the instructions on the application and send in all requested documentation.
The Standard Program
The Advanced Program
Qualifies you to receive an official high school transcript and a letter of completion upon meeting program requirements
Adult High School Diploma Students’ Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
Before you can receive your diploma, you must pass a basic skills assessment test called the TABE: Test of Adult Basic Education. The TABE measures your ability level in the areas of math, English, and reading. The test may be requested by calling our Registration Department at 1-877-221-6716 and paying a $10 registration fee. The TABE must be taken with a BYU Independent Study-approved proctor and may be retaken as many times as necessary. The cost for each retake is $10.
Once you have been accepted into a high school program, it is recommended that you complete your remaining course requirements through us. However, if we do not offer a particular course that you would like to take, such as band, drama, choir, etc., you may request approval to enroll in this course at another institution by contacting High School Programs Academic Administrator, Joseph Roberson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because we have an open enrollment policy, you may apply to any high school program at any time during the year.
Both the Standard and Advanced Program applications include a required student and parent biographical information section that should be used by you and your parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to communicate any specific goals, concerns, problems, requests, etc. This information will help us determine how to best meet your needs.
The Adult High School Diploma Program application includes only the required student biographical information section.
When submitting your completed application form, you must include the following:
Mail the application materials to:
BYU Independent Study
Attn: High School Programs
103 Harman Continuing Education Building (HCEB)
Provo, UT 84602
You may fax the application to 801-812-8549. However, we must receive all official transcripts in their original sealed envelope, either through the mail or in person.
Once the High School Programs Department receives all required application materials, a minimum of three weeks (once all required materials have been received) will be required to evaluate your transcript(s). You will be notified of your application status through the mail or a phone call once a decision has been made.
Advanced Program students are encouraged to earn concurrent/dual enrollment (university) credit and/or Advanced Placement (AP) credit by enrolling in some of the courses listed below.
Concurrent/Dual Enrollment (University) Courses
If you would like to register for concurrent/dual (university) enrollment courses, you must:
Note: 1.0 high school credit will be awarded for each 3.0-credit BYU course that is passed; MATH 111 is a 2.0-credit BYU course. It is important to remember that university courses will affect your college GPA.
List of Concurrent/Dual Enrollment (University) Courses
AHTG 100: American Heritage
BIO 100: Principles of Biology
WRTG 150: College Writing and Reading
MATH 110: College Algebra
MATH 111: Trigonometry
PHY S 100: Physical Science Fundamentals
POLI 110: American Government and Politics
We offer AP Biology and AP Psychology courses. When you have completed the course and are ready to take the AP exam, you will need to:
The number of college credits awarded for passing AP exams may vary, depending on the college you choose. For example, if you were to attend Brigham Young University, your AP course scores would count as follows:
AP Biology: If your exam scores are 3, 4, or 5, you earn 6.0 college credits total (three credits that meet the BIO 100 university core requirements plus three elective credits).
AP Psychology: If your exam score is 3, you earn 3.0 General Psychology elective college credits. If your exam scores are 4 or 5, you earn 3.0 college credits that meet the PSYCH 111 university core requirements.
List of AP Courses
We have a friendly, well-trained staff available to answer general BYU Independent Study questions regarding our policies and procedures. Our office and testing hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. mountain time.
Contact us with High School program-specific questions
BYU Independent Study
Attention: High School Programs
103 Harman Continuing Education Building (HCEB)
Provo, UT 84602
Please include your instructor’s name in the subject line. You will also find hyperlinks within your courses to use in sending requests to your instructors.
Our technical support team is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. mountain time, to assist with problems with downloads, error messages, audio files, supplementary CDs, etc. They may be contacted by:
We are committed to providing a learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities. Before you apply to any of the high school programs, please inform us of any special needs that you may have.
Allowing Courses to Expire
If you allow a course to expire, an "F" will appear on your transcript and will be calculated into your GPA. The word "Expired" will also be noted on the transcript.
Withdrawing from a program or course
You can withdraw from our program by contacting us at 1-855-381-2621 (toll-free) or 801-422-8122 (local). You may also send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
If you need to withdraw from a course, you may do so at any time as long as you have not requested the final exam or completed the course.
If you request a withdrawal within 60 days of registering, you will receive a refund minus a $20 processing fee for each high school course. The course will not appear on your transcript.
If you withdraw from a course after the first 60 days, no refund will be granted. The course will remain on your transcript and the word "Withdrawn" will be noted on the transcript. A "Withdrawn" course does not affect your GPA.
Once a student has completed a middle school or high school level course and the final grade has posted, an official transcript can then be ordered and sent to desired location(s) by downloading the transcript request form. However, if a high school transcripts needs to be sent specifically to the NCAA Eligibility Center, the NCAA transcript request form should be used instead.
The transcript request form must be filled out and signed before submitting to our office for processing. Note: Completed forms may be mailed or faxed to the address/number listed on the form. The form may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if you choose to email the form, you should not include credit card information for security purposes. After emailing the form, you should then call our office at 1-855-381-2621 or 801-422-8122 to provide credit card information. It may take between 3–5 business days to process the transcript request, so please plan accordingly.
Hard copy sent through Standard US Mail
Hard copy sent through Express Mail
Hard copy sent through International Mail
$24 (shipped through DHL or USPS International)
$10 (international faxing service not available)
Effective September 1, 2012, high school program students will be eligible to receive one free scholarship course for every five courses they complete with a B or higher grade through BYU Independent Study.
A list of eligible courses is available on our website.
Some of the scholarship courses require textbooks and other materials that students will need to purchase separately. Such requirements are found in the course descriptions. They will also be responsible for purchasing any optional printed student guides.
Students who qualify for scholarship courses will pay approximately $660 per half year (six courses).