Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

What is PSEO?

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) allows eligible high school sophomores (limited basis), juniors, and seniors to take courses, full- or part-time, through a postsecondary institution for both high school and college credit. Students can also take Minnesota North courses at their high schools through the Concurrent Enrollment program.
The PSEO program, funded through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), 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.

PSEO Eligibility

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 cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Junior/11th grade: High school cumulative GPA of 3.0 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.

PSEO Placement

PSEO applicants are no longer required to take the Accuplacer assessment to determine final PSEO course placement. Course placement guidelines are available here.

PSEO Application Process

  1. Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Request your high school transcript be sent to the Minnesota North Campus you plan to attend.
  3. Submit the Minnesota Department of Education Notice of Student Registration form.
  4. Submit the High School Verification form.
  5. Home school students only: submit the immunization form.
  6. Once accepted, you will receive communication regarding the registration process next steps.

 

*Applications and all required documentation must be received by:
May 31, 2022 for fall semester
December 1, 2022 for spring semester

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.

 

Contact your campus based PSEO Counselor/Advisor

Charlene Norlander
Advisor
charlene.norlander@minnesotanorth.edu
218-262-6775

Becky Niemi
College Counselor
becky.niemi@minnesotanorth.edu
218.322.2321

Christopher Vito
Advisor
christopher.vito@minnesotanorth.edu
218.749.7754

Amy Amundsen
Advisor
amy.amundsen@minnesotanorth.edu
218.285.2226

Kate Cowley
College Counselor
kate.cowley@minnesotanorth.edu
218.235.2121