Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses. PSEO courses are generally offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution, however, some courses are offered online. Postsecondary institutions are not allowed to charge PSEO students for tuition, textbooks or support services. Students may be charged for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed.
Most PSEO courses are only open to high school students during their 11th- and 12th-grade year, with each participating college and university setting their own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses and programs. Additionally, there may be opportunities at industrialization centers accredited by any accreditor recognized by the US Department of Education Students. Students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis.
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. School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.
By March 1 of each year, a district must provide up-to-date information on the district's website, and in materials that are distributed to parents and students, about the program--including information about enrollment requirements and the ability to earn postsecondary credit--to all pupils in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11.
Students must meet the PSEO eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits. However, if a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may still continue to participate in PSEO.
How to Enroll in PSEO
PSEO State-Approved Early/Middle College Programs
PSEO for 10th Graders to take Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses
Transportation Reimbursement for Qualified Students
Additional Information to Consider:
- Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in the Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.
- PSEO credits will be awarded as 1/4 of the college credit amount (for example, 4 college credits = 2 high school semester credits or 1 full year)
- Students may earn high school credits under PSEO and do not need to have completed all high school requirements before participating in PSEO
- PSEO grades are not weighted
For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education's Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
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