How to Enroll in PSEO
1) Make Sure You’re Ready and Eligible
PSEO is only available to Minnesotan high school students between grades 10-12. It is important to keep in mind that each college has its own requirements as well. Ensuring you have transportation and bagged lunch or money for food are also important factors.
2) Speak with Your Advisors
It is very important to speak with both your high school and potential PSEO advisors to make sure PSEO would be a good fit for you. You can also make sure your courses align with your high school graduation requirements. Make sure to ask any questions and have a full understanding of the program as well.
3) Gather all of Your Materials
There are a few different documents required for PSEO enrollment, depending on which college you apply to. Generally, this consists of a notification of intent to enroll, a textbook agreement, and a general application. You also may need to bring past test scores or take a test at the college. These materials may vary so it’s important to discuss this with a counselor and check the college’s website.
Each college is different in terms of requirements, policies, and enrollment. Make sure you know exactly when the college you’re interested in stops taking necessary documents for your enrollment. You will need to work with your high school counselor to ensure all documents and materials are turn in on time.
Common PSEO Questions
What is PSEO?
PSEO enables 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to earn college credit through full-time or part-time enrollment at a MN postsecondary institution.
How much does PSEO cost?
Tuition, books, fees, and required course materials are covered by the state of Minnesota. Transportation costs are reimbursable for low-income families.
What courses are available?
PSEO students may take an array of math, science, English, and social studies courses. There are only some types of courses that aren't available to PSEO students, such as religious classes.
How do PSEO credits work?
PSEO students earn both high school and college credit at the same time. For example, a student taking a 4-credit English course at a college also earns 2 semesters of high school English credits. This can vary across schools, so make sure to check with your academic counselor!
Are PSEO students still high school students?
Yes! Under state law, PSEO enrollment does not prevent students from taking part in high school sponsored activities, sports, and events. This means that PSEO students can still go to prom, football games, dances, and participate in clubs like band, choir, or robotics.
Why do PSEO?
Dually enrolled students are more likely than their peers to finish high school, matriculate in a postsecondary institution, and experience greater postsecondary success (ECS, 2018). In addition, PSEO saves students thousands of dollars each year!