Participation in a rigorous secondary school program of study may qualify a postsecondary student to receive an ACG, if otherwise eligible. The Secretary recognizes at least one rigorous secondary school program of study for each state annually. States may submit proposals for recognition or may elect to accept rigorous secondary school programs of study pre-recognized by the Secretary. The following are recognized rigorous secondary school programs of study for each state for the 2006-07 award year.
- A set of courses similar to the State Scholars Initiative
- Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and test
- Wisconsin Coursework Requirements.
- Wisconsin Dual Enrollment Program.