Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Students must notify their school by May 28, 2021, if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. This is done by completing a completed and signed PSEO Contract (PSEO 21-22 Contract) and the PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form (below) and turning the forms into your school guidance counselor.
What is PSEO (Postsecondary Enrollment Options)?
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. 11th- and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th-graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If 10th- graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional CTE PSEO courses. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO.
You are eligible if you are in grade 10, 11 or 12, enrolled in high school and meet the admissions requirements of the postsecondary tech school, college or university you wish to attend. The college/university will determine eligibility. Example of current standards:
- University of Minnesota: Top 10-15 percent of class
- State Colleges and community colleges: Juniors-top 1/3 of class, Seniors-top 1/2 of class
- Private colleges: Top 20 percent of class
NOTE: Each college determines student eligibility.
Visit the Minnesota Dept. of Education's Website for an updated list of participating institutions.
Follow these steps:
- Discuss this option with your parent(s) or guardian
- Contact the college for PSEO application
- Once accepted, see your counselor to discuss credits, graduation requirements, etc.
The state's PSEO Notice of Student Registration form (ED-001763-19) must be completed and signed by your parent/guardian if under 18, and your counselor, before you register each semester to ensure the school district's payment of your tuition. After you register at the college, see your school counselor for a schedule change.
The costs of tuition, books and lab fees will be covered by the school district as part of your high school education. You will be responsible for payment of non-consumable tools and equipment. The books are to be returned to the college directly, as the books belong to the college. Failure to return books may result in a fine/fee or withholding of your transcript by the college. If you have any questions regarding the mileage reimbursement for low-income students' participation in the PSEO program, contact Julie Belisle at 651-582-8265
Transportation Reimbursement for Qualified Students:
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.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses.
Grades are usually sent directly to the high school from the college after the completion of the course. However, students are ultimately responsible for making sure the high school receives the grades. All grades must be reported. The grades reported by the college are the grades placed on the student's high school transcript. Grades are not weighted and no adjustments will be made to the grade (e.g., A = A).
Students should start by planning early. The State Department of Education requires that you notify your current school by May 30 of your intent to enroll in PSEO the following school year. The decision to participate is an important one. The student will be expected to be a responsible, self-starting, independent learner. Students should seek out additional information and counseling at the high school and at the post-secondary institution to ensure that they are making the best choice for themselves and their educational future.
Once you register for college courses, you have started a college transcript. All courses dropped in PSEO must be first approved by your high school counselor. It is essential that you follow this procedure when dropping/canceling a college class. As colleges have designated drop/withdrawal periods; failure to comply will result in a grade of "F" on your high school and college transcripts.
Colleges do have the right to restrict the number and kinds of courses PSEO students may take. You must manage your time, study more outside of class, and meet deadlines without reminders.
Minnesota High School League rules let you participate in extra-curricular activities or athletics at your high school OR postsecondary institution, but not both.