PSEO

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 (Approx 3.7 GPA and above)
  • State Colleges and community colleges: Juniors-top 1/3 of class (Approx 3.4 GPA and above), Seniors-top 1/2 of class (Approx. 3.0 GPA and above)
  • Private colleges: Top 20 percent of class (Approx. 3.6 GPA and above)

NOTE: Each college determines student eligibility.


Institutions Available

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


Interested?

Please view the PSEO packet below on how to get the process started. 

PSEO Packet (Guidelines, PSEO Agreement, Checklist)

More PSEO information can be found on the MDE website including the PSEO Notice of Registration Form:  https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/dual/pseo/

Although some colleges have summer application deadlines, PHS counselors are not available in the summer.

The PHS deadline for PSEO is May 30th, 2020 even if the college has a later deadline.