Postsecondary Enrollment Options

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.

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.

 

Eligibility

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.

Institutions Available

Visit the Minnesota Dept. of Education's website for an updated ist of participating institutions.

Interested?

Follow these steps:

  1. Discuss this option with your parent(s) or guardian
  2. Contact the college for PSEO application
  3. Once accepted, see your counselor to discuss credits, graduation requirements, etc.

The state's PSEO Notice of Student Registration form (ED-01763-18) 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.

Download PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form.

Costs

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.

 

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. Access the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions. 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.

 

Grading

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).

This is not an opportunity to try college, this IS college

 

High School or PSEO: Important Differences to Consider

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.

Work with your High School Counselor!

You, the student, will be responsible for meeting the graduation requirements of District 833. Working with your assigned high school counselor ensures that the college courses you take will meet the high school requirements. The high school grants the number of credits that you will receive for courses taken on PSEO. Therefore, it is critical that you and your counselor discuss the credits needed. Check each semester to determine your continued credit needs. Appointments are necessary, please plan ahead. Please call the Counseling Office to make an appointment.

Important to Remember

  • Once accepted at the college, you must turn in a signed PSEO agreement. This must be on file by May 30 with your counselor in order to change your high school schedule.
  • After completing college registration, you must bring proof of registration to the counseling office each semester. Counselors must have a copy of what you have registered every semester in order to be sure you are taking the credits needed to graduate.
  • Grades earned at the college are not weighted. The grade on the college transcript is the grade that is entered on the high school transcript.
  • Each college credit is equal to .75 high school credit.
  • Example: a 4 credit college course would equal 3 high school credits (4 x .75 = 3)

PSEO Check List

*Please note, each college determines student acceptance

1. ___ Talk to your parents about PSEO - you provide your own transportation. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students.

2. ___ Call the college admissions office directly, or go directly to the PSEO portion of the college’s website, to get registration materials and find out the college’s eligibility requirements. Each college has their own requirements, but typical eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • University of Minnesota: Top 10-15 percent of class for Juniors and Seniors
  • State Colleges and community colleges: Juniors- top 1/3 of class, Seniors - top 1/2 of class
  • Private colleges: Top 20 percent of class for Juniors and Seniors

*Please note, each college determines student acceptance.

Be aware of deadlines! Do not wait until the last minute to do your paperwork. Please contact the colleges for specific deadline information. The intent to enroll in PSEO form must signed and submitted to the Counseling Office by May 30.

3. ___If the college requires an assessment test, please contact the college counseling office for necessary testing information.

4. ___Upon passing the college’s assessment testing, please complete and send in the PSEO application.

5. ___After you receive a letter of acceptance in the mail, make an appointment with your high school counselor. You need to do this before your college’s orientation/ registration in order to discuss what courses/credits you will need in order to fulfill District 833 graduation requirements. You must do this before you register for classes at the college.

Please note: the counseling offices are closed during the summer. If you will not hear back from the college about acceptance until summer vacation, please meet with your counselor before the end of the school year to discuss this information.

6. ___After you register for your classes at the college, you will need to see your counselor in the counseling office to change your high school schedule.

  • You must return the PSEO Student Agreement to your high school counselor by May 30.
  • You must provide your Counselor with a copy of your college schedule every semester.
  • Check the East Ridge and Counseling Office’s website often! You are responsible for being informed about activities at the high school.
  • You must fill out a new "PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form" each semester (state form).

PSEO Agreement

You must submit a signed PSEO Agreement Form by May 30 that indicates your understanding of the following:

  • PSEO grades are NOT weighted!
  • Each college credit is equal to .75 high school credit.
    (e.g. 4 credits at the college are equal to 3 credits at the high school; 4 x .75 = 3).
  • Students provide their own transportation to the PSEO institution unless qualified for assistance.
  • Students must provide their counselor with a copy of their college schedule each semester.
  • Students may not change their college schedule without consulting their high school counselor first.

Minnesota PSEO Notice of Student Registration

If you are a  PSEO student, you must see your counselor before the beginning of each college semester for course planning and official approval.  Student, parent, and counselor need to sign the "Notice of Student Registration Form" each semester.

Eligible Minnesota PSEO Institutions (partial list)

The information below is meant to be used for general information only. For more specific information, please contact the college directly, or see your counselor.

Contact the college/university and request to speak to the Admissions Office PSEO contact for specific admissions instructions (i.e., part-time/full-time, deadlines, essays, standards, quarter/semester, and assessment testing procedures).

Direct any appeals/questions on PSEO to the Minnesota Department of Education at:  651-582-8512

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