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-level, 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 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.

MN Dept of Education Resources/Notes

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program – New Legislation

PSEO and concurrent enrollment eligibility and program requirements are outlined in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act. During the 2017 legislative session, the following pieces were added, effective during the 2017-18 school year:

  • Definition of concurrent enrollment, subdivision 3 (c): Eligible dual credit courses, taught by a secondary teacher or postsecondary faculty member, offered at the high school for which the district is eligible to receive concurrent enrollment aid under section 124D.091.
  • Adoption of district grade weighting policies, subdivision 12 (c): A school board must adopt a policy stating whether or not the district offers weighted grades for any course. A list of courses for which a student may earn a weighted grade must be published annually on the district’s website.
  • Access to building and technology for PSEO students, subdivision 11a: A school district must allow a student enrolled in a PSEO course to remain at the school site during regular school hours. Districts must adopt a policy that provides PSEO students reasonable access during regular school hours to a computer and other technology resources that the student needs to complete coursework for a PSEO course.