Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

  • Minnesota’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is one of the many opportunities available to Saint Paul students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. PSEO students attend college classes, do not pay tuition, and earn both high school and college credits. These credits may transfer to students' post-secondary colleges.

    Through PSEO, eligible 10th, 11th and 12th graders may apply to enroll in courses at numerous colleges and universities across the state. 

    Although most courses are offered on campus, some colleges and universities offer online options. Transportation assistance may be available for students depending upon family circumstances. Each college and university establishes its own policies regarding PSEO, so students and families should research the various requirements.   

    The website for the Minnesota Department of Education contains a number of helpful resources and detailed information on PSEO:

    Students should seek guidance from their high school counselor to determine if PSEO is right for them and fits into their academic plans.  To begin the PSEO application process:

    1. Student will discuss PSEO plans with high school counselor.
    2. The school counselor verifies student’s eligibility and provides state form for PSEO.
    3. Student will apply directly to the individual college and complete required PSEO form. (Note: each college and university has their own timeline and application deadlines)
    4. Students should remember that they must meet high school graduation requirements while participating in this programming opportunity.
    Participation in PSEO must result in a reduced course schedule at your high school.

    Please notify your school counselor of the final decision to participate in PSEO by the deadline in May preceding the upcoming school year.   

    Important information for 10th graders:

    In 2012, new legislation (Minn. Stat. § 124D.09), was passed that allows eligible 10th-grade students to enroll in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO.

    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”.
    • Meet specific CTE course eligibility requirements  and pre-requisites set by the institution,
    • Be enrolled in a Minnesota public school.

    If the students successfully completes the course with a “C” or higher, the college or university must allow a 10th grade student to enroll in additional PSEO courses.