Key details of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

● High school students can take courses at public or private, two or four year colleges/universities

● 11th and 12th graders can do PSEO full or part time, if they are accepted at a college/university.

● The PSEO law does not set any entrance requirements for 11th/12th grade PSEO students. It requires Minnesota’s public postsecondary institutions to participate in the PSEO program, and permit private institutions to also participate

● 10th graders who have passed the state’s eighth grade reading test or its equivalent can start by taking one career/technical education (CTE) course on a college campus. If 10th graders earn at least a C in their first CTE class, they can take additional courses.

● College admission requirements vary. Many institutions will give students, regardless of their grade point average or class rank, the opportunity to try one or two courses.

● Students may not take sectarian classes under PSEO.

● Students may not take remedial courses under PSEO unless they are enrolled in a state approved ‘early college’ program that includes such courses.

● Books, tuition and fees are free for PSEO students

● Transportation funds are available to help students from low-income families travel to campuses for PSEO.

● PSEO courses are also available online from some colleges and universities.  

● By May 1, a student must notify the district of her/his intent to participate.

Updated Language Available for School Websites to Meet New Statutory Deadline for Dissemination of Postsecondary Enrollment Options Information

By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the district’s course registration date (whichever is earlier), a district must provide up-to-date information about the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program to all students in grades 8-11 (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 7). This requirement applies to both districts and charter schools.

This information must be published on the district or school website. In addition, information about enrollment requirements and the opportunity to earn postsecondary credit should be included. In an effort to provide consistent and helpful guidance about PSEO, updated language is available on the department webpage that should be used to satisfy this statutory obligation. Access Suggested PSEO Language for Districts.

In addition, the PSEO reference guide is a resource for districts and families, and is available on the PSEO program webpage. For questions, contact Beth Barsness651-582-8336.


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