Post-secondary Education Options is an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in college or university courses that earn credits simultaneously for both their high school diploma and their college degree. In 1985, the Minnesota Legislature passed Minnesota Statute 124.09D to promote rigorous course taking and improve student transitions to postsecondary education.
Eligible PSEO students can take a range of classes, including general education, and career and technical courses. General education courses are usually liberal arts. Examples include English, calculus, anatomy, biology, political science, art history and psychology. Career and technical courses focus on preparing students for specific occupations and can lead to a certificate, diploma or associate degree. Examples include nursing assistant, manufacturing technician, accounting, business and engineering.
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum is a series of general education courses in 10 goal areas totaling 40 credits that are widely accepted at all state colleges and universities.
All course grades under the PSEO program appear on a sponsoring college or university transcript. Courses that are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum are widely transferable among state colleges and universities for general education credit. Receiving institutions determine how coursework counts toward completion of the student’s degree. If you are interested in transferring to another institution, work with a college or university advisor to assist in transfer of courses to your planned receiving institution.
Under the PSEO program, tuition, fees and books are paid for students who are also earning high school credit. Consumable supplies specifically required for a class, such as art supplies and film, also are paid. The program does not cover general school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, pencils or nonconsumable supplies, such as calculators, instrument rental or uniforms. The cost of on-campus housing is not covered by the program.
Yes, PSEO allows eligible students to take courses on a campus taught by a college or university faculty member.
Yes, PSEO allows eligible students to take online college or university courses taught by a college or university faculty member.
Concurrent enrollment is a college or university course taught by a credentialed high school instructor and mentored by a college or university faculty member at a high school.
Eligibility requirements for PSEO or concurrent enrollment at a MnSCU campus are:
For 9th and 10th grade students interested in taking concurrent enrollment courses taught at their high school, eligibility requirements are:
Yes, MnSCU campuses host specific orientations for both PSEO and concurrent enrollment students. Orientation sessions review registration requirements and help students learn about academic services available to PSEO and concurrent enrollment students.
That is a risk for students in this program. If a class required for high school graduation is not successfully completed, the student might not be able to graduate with his or her high school class. In addition, a grade will be recorded on a permanent college or university transcript.
Under Minnesota Statute 124.09D, participating ninth-grade students are limited to the equivalent of four academic years of PSEO participation. Tenth-grade students are limited to the equivalent of three academic years of PSEO participation. Eleventh-grade students are limited to two academic years of PSEO participation. High school seniors are limited to the equivalent of one academic year of PSEO participation.
Minnesota State campuses currently use the ACCUPLACER to assess readiness in English, reading and math. Campuses also accept equivalent scores from ACT and SAT.
Yes, students have been able to earn up to an occupational diploma or associate degree as they dually complete requirements for their high school diploma and their college credential. Students should work with a college or university advisor to assure they are taking courses that will count for dual purposes. Students should also work with their high school counselor to assure they are on track for high school graduation.
According to Minnesota Statute 124.09D, participating in a PSEO course cannot by itself, prohibit a student from participating in high school extra-curricular activities.
Students should contact the college or university they are interested in taking classes from and connect with their PSEO or concurrent enrollment coordinator, usually housed in the college’s or university’s admissions office for additional information.