Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Students can get a jump start on earning college credits by taking college courses while they are still in high school through Minnesota's PSEO program. This program allows 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to take college courses with no tuition or book costs, saving both time and money on completing a college degree. PSEO courses may also fulfill high school course requirements and count toward a high school diploma. For full-time PSEO students who begin in their junior year, it is possible to graduate from high school with enough credits for an associates degree. Courses can be taken either on the college campus or online.
How to Start
Please read the PSEO application instructions. You will need signatures of both high school personnel and parents, so plan ahead and apply early. Doing so will ensure timely consideration of your application.
10th Grade Students
In 2012, new legislation was passed that allows eligible 10th grade students to initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. In order to be eligible, a 10th grade student must have taken the 8th grade MCA reading test and have met the composite proficiency level of "meets or exceeds."
The student would also need to meet specific CTE course eligibility requirements and prerequisites set by the college. If the student earns a "C" or higher grade in this first course, she/he is eligible to take additional CTE courses.
A student who first enrolls under this provision while in 10th grade and wishes to enroll in general education courses as an 11th or 12th grade student must take the Accuplacer or ACT test and achieve the required scores prior to enrollment.
Students who choose to participate in PSEO (compared to their peers who did not participate) have higher rates of enrolling in a college or university after high school graduation, have lower rates of required remediation, and have higher rates of earning post secondary degrees.
The Minnesota Department of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by the institution(s) to which PSEO students have been admitted. PSEO students will be responsible for any tuition, fees, and supplies at any institution(s) to which they are not admitted.
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