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 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.

Ordering Books

You will need to order your books prior to the start of each semester (early August and mid-December) by choosing this link: PSEO Book Order Form.

If you make a change to your schedule (drop or add a class) after you have placed your book order, it is your responsibility to email the PSEO Department at Email ATCC PSEO: pseo@alextech.edu as soon as possible so the book order can be adjusted. It may take 3-5 business days for a book order to be processed, so please plan accordingly.

Books provided to you through the PSEO program are the property of ATCC. If you drop a course, return the books/materials immediately to the PSEO Department. At the end of the semester, all books must be returned to the PSEO Department. You are responsible for the replacement cost of any books that are damaged or not returned within the timeline provided.

All communications regarding the PSEO book ordering and return process will be through your ATCC email account.

Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) and Northwest Technical College (NTC) Courses:

You will need to order the books for any NCTC or NTC classes through their bookstore websites. When ordering books, it is important to identify yourself as a PSEO student so books are charged appropriately.

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.

Contact PSEO

1-888-234-1222 ext. 4545
320-762-4545
Email PSEO: pseo@alextech.edu