Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Bigfork graduates throwing capsHigh school students can get a jump start on their college careers through Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). This state funded program allows students to earn college credits while completing high school requirements. 

During the 2014-2015 school year 38 ISD 318 students took advantage of PSEO in the fall semester, and 44 in the spring.

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. View the list of enrollment requirements.

Additional options for college level coursework include Advanced Placement classes, the International Baccalaureate program, and College in the Schools in partnership with UMD.

For more information about PSEO, contact your student's counselor, visit the Minnesota Department of Education website, or view MDE's PSEO Reference Guide.