Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses. With traditional PSEO, these courses are generally offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Under state statute, postsecondary institutions are not allowed to charge students with fees for items that are necessary for participating in a course.
Most PSEO courses are only open to high school students during their junior and senior year, with each participating college and university setting their own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses and programs. Students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis, beginning in their junior year of high school. For full-time PSEO students who begin in their junior year, it is possible to graduate from high school with enough college credits for an Associate’s Degree.

In 2012, new legislation (Minn. Stat. § 124D.09), was passed that allows eligible 10th-grade students to enroll initially in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in this first course, she/he is eligible to take additional CTE courses while in 10th grade. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test in the 8th-grade, and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds”.

If the student meets this standard, and if they meet specific CTE course eligibility requirements and pre-requisites set by the institution, they may be eligible to enroll in Career and Technical Education PSEO courses. This Grade 10 option is only open to Minnesota public school students. View the MNSCU policy and procedures for PSEO.

Many two- and four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota offer online courses and some of them offer online degrees and certificates. Through the wide array of online courses offered in Minnesota higher education, it is possible for PSEO students in our state to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements and/or other courses that could result in an award in addition to their high school diploma.

Interested students who are enrolled in a district or an American Indian-controlled tribal contract school should contact the eligible postsecondary institution to find out what Career and Technical Education courses are offered and what the application process is at that institution. Find the college that offers the career and technical programs you are interested in on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) site.

By March 1 of each year, a district must provide up-to-date information on the district's website, and in materials that are distributed to parents and students, about the program--including information about enrollment requirements and the ability to earn postsecondary credit--to all pupils in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11. To assist the district in planning, students are required to inform their district of their intent to enroll in PSEO courses during the following school year by May 30. Students should seek guidance from their high school counselor to determine if PSEO is the right fit for them and their academic plan.

Students from low-income families participating in the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program may qualify for some mileage reimbursement. The income levels used to determine eligibility for these programs have changed for the 2014-15 school year. Qualifying low-income students will be reimbursed at 15 cents per mile  for travel from their homes to the postsecondary institution or from their high schools to the postsecondary institution. Travel is limited to 250 miles per week. (There is an exception to the 250 miles per week limit in the PSEO program if the nearest postsecondary institution is more than 25 miles from the student’s home or high school.)

Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for PSEO students whose families are at or below the poverty level, as determined by the federal government, to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Postsecondary Enrollment Options Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions. If you have any questions regarding the mileage reimbursement for low-income students' participation in the Postsecondary, Open Enrollment and Charter School Enrollment Options Programs, contact Julie Belisle at 651-582-8265.

View the three forms used for transportation reimbursement. The income levels for the school year can be found on the second page of the Monthly Transportation Reimbursement Request. The following is a general overview of each form:

  • Application for Student Transportation Reimbursement – The family completes this form at the beginning of the application request with their annual income and family size. The family may be asked to complete the form during the school year if there is a change in their financial status.
  • Student Transportation Reimbursement Request – If the family qualifies for these programs (based on the application form they completed), then they must complete this expense claim form on a monthly basis.
  • Monthly Transportation Reimbursement Request – The district summarizes the information from the Student Transportation Reimbursement Request and sends the form to the address listed in the form’s upper, left-hand corner.  The annual income levels, to determine eligibility, are listed on the second page of this form.

In addition to the forms, districts can find instructions about this program on the MDE web site and on the second page of each form.

Access an interactive map developed by the Center for School Change. It provides the acceptance policies for PSEO, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-in-the-Schools, College-level Examination Program (CLEP) and Project Lead the Way for each Minnesota public and nonn-profit college and university. It also lists which of these higher education institutions offers PSEO courses.