Receive early college credit via dual enrollment and other means.
Dual enrollment policies (sometimes called concurrent enrollment) allow high school students to enroll in college courses that lead to credit in both the K-12 and postsecondary systems. Typically, it involves the student enrolling in classes at a local college while still enrolled in the K-12 system. States should expand their current programs (or create them if they do not exist) to ensure students have access.
Other strategies that allow high school students to earn college credit in high school include: early college high schools, preparing students to earn college credit through mastery of CLEP exams, and accelerated course options (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.).