The PSEO program is good for students and good for the state of Minnesota. 

Research and stories show that the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program helps students build the skills and self-confidence needed to succeed in a post-secondary education.

 

Considerable research shows that PSEO and other programs allowing high school students to earn college credit are important opportunities for Minnesota students. Dual credit helps to effectively address many of Minnesota’s most critical educational issues: gaps between student groups, high school graduation rates, college entrance rates, remediation rates, college completion rates and college debt loads. 

PSEO also is a valuable strategy for helping improve Minnesota’s high schools. Research by the Minnesota State Auditor found that more than half of the high school principals surveyed felt PSEO increased collaboration between high schools and colleges (Minnesota State Auditor). Moreover, some school district leaders have acknowledged that PSEO has helped encourage their high schools to add additional dual credit courses which are taught on the high school campus that they hadn't offered previously (Nathan, et. al, 2005). 

PSEO builds academic momentum.

When the PSEO program was started in 1985, 5% of participants were high school dropouts. This illustrates the best part of the PSEO program: it helps students build the skills and self-confidence (academic momentum) that is needed to succeed in a post-secondary education. Many people view the PSEO program as a tool for the “cream of the crop” students, as defined by their GPA and class rank. However, all students should consider the PSEO program as an academic option. People for PSEO has talked to students who enroll in PSEO for so many different reasons, including to access more rigorous coursework, to save on college costs, to have a more flexible work schedule to work and support their family, and to feel more accepted in their surrounding environment. 

PSEO lowers student debt and breaks cycles of poverty.

In fiscal year (FY) 2018-19, 66% of graduating Minnesota students held college debt. These students averaged $31,856 in college debt (Institute for College Access and Success). The PSEO program is a strong tool for reducing college debt. In FY 2019, participants in the program saved $59.8 million in college costs. Moreover, research shows that, by building academic momentum, the PSEO program closes education disparity gaps across all socioeconomic groups (Minnesota Department of Education). 

PSEO saves the state millions annually. 

The PSEO program currently saves the state of Minnesota - and thus taxpayers - $15 million on an annual basis. People for PSEO envisions a future in every student who wants to complete a post-secondary degree, does so. In order to achieve this vision, the state of Minnesota must nurture dual credit programs that are financially responsible for both our students and our taxpayers as well.