PSEO Enrollment Option
Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campusof the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own 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 may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. 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. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
*NOTE: The state will pay for a course only once unless the student fails the course. A student can re-take a failed PSEO course, and the state wil cover the cost as long as the student has not previously been awarded credit for the course and still meets PSEO eligibility guidelines. The state will not pay the postsecondary institution for a student to repeat a course in which the student received a low but not failing grade. PSEO funds cannot be used to pay for developmental courses.
***Dropping a PSEO Course***
Students considering PSEO are encouraged to speak directly with a college counselor at the institution(s) with which they are registering. Once the student has determined courses they plan to take, they should check with their high school counselor to ensure they are also meeting Spectrum graduation requirements. This will help them to avoid possible negative implications for dropping courses at the college once the semester begins. PSEO students who drop a college course must follow the college’s protocol. PSEO courses dropped after the add/drop deadline for the college (typically 5 days into the semester) will result in a failing grade on the student’s high school transcript, regardless of what appears on the college transcript. Students must notify their high school counselor as soon as possible if a drop occurs.