What is PSEO?
The Postsecondary Enrollment Options program allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to take college-level courses on one of M State's campuses or online and earn both high school and college credit. Students can also take M State courses at their high schools through the Concurrent Enrollment program or online through eCampus in the High School.
The PSEO program, funded through the Minnesota Department of Education, covers the high school student's tuition and cost of textbooks for college-level courses (numbered 1000 level or higher). PSEO students are responsible for the cost of equipment that becomes their property, such as tools and computers.
What are the benefits?
- SAVE MONEY. Tuition, fees and textbooks are at no cost to you.
- SAVE TIME. Completing college courses in high school means it will take you less time to earn your degree after high school.
- ADD VARIETY. You're provided with a greater variety of course offerings - beyond what is available at your high school.
- CHALLENGE YOURSELF. College courses will offer you a challenging (yet rewarding!) educational experience.
Minnesota high school sophomores*, juniors and seniors may be eligible to take one or more college-level courses through PSEO if they meet the following requirements:
- Senior/12th grade: High school GPA of 2.8 or greater
- Junior/11th grade: High school GPA of 3.2 or greater
- Sophomore/10th grade: Complete the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading test and meet the proficiency of "meets or exceeds." Sophomores who qualify for PSEO may enroll in one career and technical education course.
NOTE: PSEO applicants must also take the Accuplacer assessment next-generation test or submit ACT/MCA scores for final determination of PSEO eligibility and course placement. Sophomores do not need to take the Accuplacer assessment for the 10th grade option. They will need to test once they become a junior or senior.
If the high school/home school student does not meet the GPA requirement, a letter of recommendation that specifically outlines the applicant's readiness for college level coursework must be provided by the high school counselor, principal or instructor for consideration.
PSEO application process
- Complete and submit the online application.
- Request your high school transcript be sent to M State.
- Submit the Minnesota Department of Education form.
Applications must be received before the application deadline.
Ordering textbooks online
Download the How to Order Online document for step-by-step instructions on how to order your textbooks using M State's Online Bookstore.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. When a student enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the right to access and control disclosure of education records under FERPA transfers from the student's parents (as in the K-12 setting) to the student.
In most circumstances, family members will need to show an authorization form signed by the student to allow the release of information. An electronic form is located below. Any document that includes the following would also be valid: who is authorized to release the information; to whom the information may be released; what information may be released; the purpose for which the information may be used; the student's signature; and a date. A simple email from a student is not a sufficient authorization.
School officials may honor a copy of a valid release, including a fax. An authorization could permit disclosure of information by phone or e-mail so long as an otherwise valid release is on file. A form could also authorize on-going disclosures, such as grades each semester.