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Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses. With traditional PSEO, these courses are generally offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online.
 
Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for PSEO  students whose families are at or below the poverty level, as determined by the federal government to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses  View Postsecondary Enrollment Options Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions. If you have any questions regarding the mileage reimbursement for low-income students participation in the Postsecondary, Open Enrollment and Charter School Enrollment Options Programs contact Kelly Wosika at 651-582-8855.

Minnesota’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) allows Minneapolis students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. PSEO students attend college classes, do not pay tuition, and earn both high school and college credits. These credits may transfer to students' Post-Secondary colleges.

Most PSEO courses are only open to high school students during their junior and senior year, with each participating college and university setting their own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses and programs. Students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis, beginning in their junior year of high school. For full-time PSEO students who begin in their junior year, it is possible to graduate from high school with enough college credits for an Associate’s Degree.

In 2012, new legislation (Minn. Stat. § 124D.09), was passed that allows eligible 10th-grade students to enroll initially in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in this first course, she/he is eligible to take additional CTE courses while in 10th grade. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test in the 8th-grade, and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds”.

If the student meets this standard, and if they meet specific CTE course eligibility requirements and pre-requisites set by the institution, they may be eligible to enroll in Career and Technical Education PSEO courses. This Grade 10 option is only open to Minnesota public school students. View the MNSCU policy and procedures for PSEO.

Many two- and four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota offer online courses and some of them offer online degrees and certificates. Through the wide array of online courses offered in Minnesota higher education it is possible for PSEO students in our state to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements and/or other courses that could result in an award in addition to their high school diploma.

For more information see the MN Department of Education website:

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/CollReadi/PSEO/


All Students interested in PSEO should follow the process below. 
The first step is to meet with your counselor well before your expected enrollment.

  1. Students discuss PSEO plans with high school counselor.
  2. The school counselor will need to sign the planning sheet and state form for PSEO.
  3. Students then apply directly to the individual school.
  4. Students should remember that they must meet high school graduation requirements.
  5. Among courses taken at Post-Secondary Education include the equivalent of:
    • two years of English
    • two years of Social Studies
    • one year of Math
    • one year of Science
    • one half year of Physical Education (if not taken in 9th and 10th)
    • one half of Health (if not taken in 9th and 10th)
    • one year of Art (if not taken in 9th and 10th)

The programs or courses will be regular Post-Secondary offerings and students will be expected to successfully complete the same work as their Post-Secondary "peers." Courses completed under PSEO become part of the student’s permanent record and are used in determining grade point average and class rank.