What is PSEO?
From the Minnesota Department of Education Website:
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 Program Instructions.
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 8th 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 8th-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 Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
What do I need to do to register for PSEO Courses?
- Contact the high school counselor about your intent to take PSEO courses for the upcoming school year.
- Fill out the PSEO Registration form for each college/university you are planning on applying to for PSEO courses. The form can be found here. 2021-2022 PSEO Registration Form. Once you fill out section 1 of the form return to the school counselor. The form will be sent to the college by Loyola along with your transcript. Forms are due at the end of April.
- Apply to each of the colleges that you are interested in taking a PSEO course at. This can be done online for most colleges. Please note that each college has its own individual deadlines for PSEO registration which can be found on its website. It is your responsibility to know and meet these deadlines.
- Read and sign the Loyola PSEO Contract and return to the school counselor.
- Once the college has received all of your forms, they will notify you of PSEO course registration orientation, typically in August.
- Once you're registered contact the high school counselor ASAP to be sure that your high school and PSEO course schedules work. You will NOT be allowed to miss your Loyola courses for your PSEO courses. This will be counted as an unexcused absence or tardy.
Where can I take PSEO Courses?
There are many colleges and universities that offer PSEO courses. Below are the colleges that Loyola students frequently take PSEO courses at. The indented links are the courses available at each campus.
- Bethany Lutheran College PSEO
- Minnesota State University PSEO
- Minnesota West Community College
- University of Northwestern (St. Paul, MN) Online PSEO
- South Central College PSEO
- U of M, Morris Online PSEO
- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Online Courses - all available online courses through MN State College and University System