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 students to take college courses tuition free, 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.
Students who are interested in career and technical courses may take one career and technical college level course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school, or online as early as grade 10. To be eligible to do so, they must be enrolled in a public school, have a minimum of a "proficient" score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading, and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students. If a student successfully completes the technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional career and technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses. Students who first enter PSEO programming through career and technical education can also begin to take PSEO general education courses in grades 11 and 12 by meeting the assessment prerequisites for the general education course they wish to enroll in, regardless of class rank or percentile on a nationally normed exam.
How to Start
- Start planning early. Notify your high school of your intent to enroll as a PSEO student no later than May 30.
- Please complete the forms for the PSEO application process and submit to your high school before May 30 for the following school year.
- Meet with a high school counselor to discuss what PSEO course work will meet graduation requirements and career goals.
If you have any questions while visiting with your high school, please give the college a call at 320-762-4545 or 888-234-1222, ext. 4545.