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Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

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→ PSEO Forms

→ PSEO Night Presentation (February 28th, 2019)

What is PSEO?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Application Process and Timelines:

The application process and timelines differ depending on the school.

It is best to visit the college's website that you are interested in attending for application deadlines and processes.  

Click on each college below to be directed to their PSEO information webpage and application process: 

* There are other PSEO institutions available, the above colleges and universities are those that most MSA PSEO students attend.  

Student Responsibilities: 

  • Students are responsible for making sure their PSEO courses meet our core course requirements.  
  • Please check with the advisor before you register if you are not sure if a PSEO course meets MSA graduation requirements - not all courses through PSEO meets MSA's graduation requirements.
  • PSEO students must submit a course schedule to Mrs. Graveen immediately after they register and before their PSEO courses begin. 
  • Students must check in with Mrs. Graveen each semester to ensure progress towards MSA graduation requirements. 
  • Please inform Mrs. Graveen of dropped or added classes to ensure an accurate transcript.
  • While PSEO colleges and universities will send semester grades to MSA, each student is responsible for making sure MSA receives them.

PSEO MSA Contract.pdf - This must be completed by all students who plan to participate in PSEO the following year.  


Instruction is very different for PSEO courses and AP courses.  PSEO and college courses emphasize independence and those students tend to spend less time in a structured class environment.  AP courses usually allow for more contact with the AP teacher and is structured in a way that offers more instruction time with direct teacher contact.   

How does AP and PSEO transfer to College?: 

  • Each institution varies on their policies and procedures and how they accept or view AP scores.  Each college institution decides how much, if any, credit students will recieve based on their AP scores. 

  • Colleges and institutions always treat PSEO credits earned differently and on a case-by-case basis.  PSEO credits usually transfer fairly well within state (Minnesota), but it may be a great idea to contact and research the out-of-state colleges you are interested in attending.  Some colleges will only accept courses that meet certain academic standards, while others may refuse to grant credit for any course that you have also earned high school credit for.

  • It is always best to research the institution you are interested in attending and consult with Mrs. Graveen or the Academic Counselor at the institution you are interested in to better understand their PSEO and AP credit transfer policies.   

Resources to determine transfer credit:

Click here to be directed to Collegeboard's AP credits college search to find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores.


Click here to be directed to Transferology to find college and universities and determine how PSEO courses transfer to a college or university you are considering. 

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