Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and Career and Technical Education Options
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. 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.
Choosing to Participate
Choosing to participate in the PSEO program is an important decision. Because of that, students should start by planning early. If an OSH student wishes to enroll in the PSEO program he/she should attend an informational PSEO meeting which is held in either January or February. The student’s parent/guardian is highly encouraged to attend as well.
Students participating in the PSEO program should be:
- Independent learners
Discuss this option with your parent(s) or guardian. Then make an appointment with your counselor to determine eligibility. If eligible, your counselor will assist you in the completion of the application process for the institution you are interested in attending. A 3-part PSEO form must be completed and signed by your parent/guardian before you register each semester. Ultimately, students are responsible for ensuring that their application materials arrive at the college by the college’s stated deadline.
The books you receive belong to the college, and are to be returned to the location determined by your college/university.
Keep In Mind
This is an opportunity to take actual college courses. You will be expected to effectively manage your time, study more outside of class, and meet deadlines without reminders. Colleges have the right to restrict the number and kinds of courses PSEO students may take. Additionally, once you register for courses, you have started an official college transcript. If you wish to drop a course, it is essential that you discuss this with your counselor. Although colleges have a designated drop/withdrawal period (meaning if you drop a class your college transcript will show “withdrawn”), dropping a college course will result in an “F” grade on your high school transcript.
Involvement in High School Activities
The Minnesota High School League rules allow you to participate in high school athletics and/or extra-curricular activities at either the high school or the post-secondary institution, but not both.
You will be responsible for meeting the graduation requirements of Osseo Senior High. Working with your assigned counselor ensures that the college courses you take will meet the high school requirements. The high school grants the number of credits that you will receive for courses taken in PSEO. Therefore, check each trimester to determine your continued credit and graduation needs. It is your responsibility to set up appointments and to sign up for the appropriate classes to meet your graduation requirements.
For every college semester credit completed, you will receive .75 credit for a high school trimester. Credits will be transcribed as follows:
|College Credits||High School Credits|
|1 Credit||0.75 Credit|
|2 Credits||1.50 Credits|
|3 Credits||2.25 Credits|
|4 Credits||3.00 Credits|
|5 Credits||3.75 Credits|
Last but not least…
- Work closely with your high school counselor.
- After completing college registration, students must bring in proof of registration to their counselor. Students must bring in a copy of their PSEO course schedule to their counselor prior to the beginning of each semester.
Students must inform the district (their Osseo Senior High School Counselor) by May 30, 2016 of their intent to enroll in a PSEO course for the following school year. Please contact your school counselor if you have questions about this program.