What is PSEO?

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. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. 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 most current information, please check out the Minnesota State Department of Education website for Post Secondary Enrollment Options.

Click Here to view the CHS PSEO Brochure

Process for applying for PSEO at CHS:

1.Inform the principal and guidance counselor of your intent to pursue PSEO by March 15, 2018.
2.Complete the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program Student Registration Form (click here). To see a list of participating PSEO institutions, click here.
3. Meet with CHS school counselor to select colleges and potential courses.
4. Apply online to the colleges’ PSEO program.
4.Arrange an appointment with the PSEO officer or attend PSEO orientation at the college you wish to attend.
5.Present college course descriptions to the principal for approval.  The courses chosen will be considered high school electives and must be courses that are not offered here at CHS.
6.Register for the PSEO courses chosen by college deadline dates.
7.Confirm registration with CHS school counselor.

Student Eligibility:
1.High school seniors must be in the upper ½ of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT to be eligible.
2.High school juniors must be in the upper 1/3 of their class or score at or above the 70th percentile on a test such as the ACT or SAT to be eligible. 
3. Some colleges may have additional criteria. 
Recommendations:  You can select to go through the college of your choice, but it is up to you to determine the deadlines and bring the necessary information to the principal and counselor to get approved.  See the school counselor to view the list of colleges that offer online PSEO courses. Some deadlines for PSEO classes are as early as end of March for the upcoming school year.