Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO)

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    If you are interested in pursuing PSEO please contact your School Counselor for more information about the application process.

    Jen Hess (A-G) -    320-231-8321
    Megan Erickson (H-N) -    320-231-8322
    Leah Rosendahl (O-Z) -    320-231-8323



    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 admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may
    take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see
    note below). 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 on a term by term basis.
    By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year
    (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To
    assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in
    postsecondary courses during the following school year.
    There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course;
    however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is
    completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition
    costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.
    Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on
    college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement ProgramInstructions.
    Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.
    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.
    Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which
    students can earn weighted grades.
    All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits
    earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and
    standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of
    credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The
    commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.
    Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the
    institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.
    Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a
    reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8 th  grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course
    earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the
    MCA in 8 th -grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted.
    For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.
    For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s PostsecondaryEnrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.