PSEO: Post-Secondary 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. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may initially take one Career and Technical Education (CTE) 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.
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.
For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
Contact Nichole Kotasek at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are an MNCS student interested in PSEO.
Some Useful Websites for College and Career Planning
- www.commonapp.org/ – Common App – many post-secondary institutions use this for all incoming applications
- www.actstudent.org/ – Online registration for the ACT; lists of test dates and centers in the US plus tips on how to prepare for the test.
- www.collegeboard.com – SAT test dates, test questions, and SAT question of the day. College searches, online college applications, and some useful information to read before visiting a college
- www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search – Link to scholarship info on the College Board website
- www.khanacademy.com – ACT and SAT Prep available
- www.fafsa.ed.gov/ – Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid electronically.
- www.princetonreview.com – Information on colleges, careers, college entrance testing, scholarships & financial aid.
- www.ohe.state.mn.us/ – MN Office of Higher Education – many great resources for planning for post-secondary – including both choosing and paying for school
- www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/ – CareerWise – Career exploration, planning your education or training, and labor market information. This site will help you match your interests to careers and give you descriptions of many careers.
- www.scholarships.com/ – College contact information, links to free scholarship searches, etc.
- www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov – Department of Education: Student Financial Assistance.
- www.fastweb.com – Free scholarship search. Database of scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans.
- www.finaid.org/ – A complete page of links to information about financial aid on the Internet. You can complete a questionnaire to arrive at your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), get loan and scholarship information, and more.
- www.myfuture.com – Information on the GI Bill, College Fund, CCAF, ROTC, Service Academies, and other military opportunities.
- www.collegeanswer.com – Pointers on the entire “Go-to-College” process from preparation to getting loans; contains more than 2.8 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion.