Postsecondary Enrollment Options

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in college or university courses that earn credit simultaneously for both their high school diploma and their college degree (dual credit). These courses are generally offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution. Credit is awarded when the student passes the course. PSEO courses are taught by college instructors and/or high school teachers who serve as adjunct professors. Learn more about the PSEO program on our College and Career Readiness page.

Tuition and fees. Required course items are paid for on behalf of the student; tuition, fees and required textbooks are provided to the student at no cost. Consumable supplies specifically required for a class, such as art supplies and film, also are covered. The program does not cover general school expenses such as notebooks, pens, pencils, test-out fees, or non-consumable supplies. The cost of on-campus housing is not covered by the program. Postsecondary institutions are reimbursed by the state for the PSEO courses.

Transportation. District-provided transportation services are not available for students participating in PSEO. However, students from families whose income levels are below the federal poverty guidelines may qualify for mileage reimbursement.

Financial Property. All textbooks and equipment provided to the student and paid for through the PSEO program is the property of the participating postsecondary institution. Each student is required to return all textbooks and equipment after the course has ended.

School District Financial Planning/Student Notification of Intent to Participate. To assist districts in planning, students must notify their local districts by May 30 each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

Notice of Student Registration. The application form for student PSEO registration should be completed by an eligible student, signed by the parent (if the student is under the age of 18), and signed by the secondary school or home school parent. Students give the form to the postsecondary college or university they plan to attend; the postsecondary institution then completes section three and submits a copy to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Access Secure Reports. Postsecondary institutions can view financial reports for their PSEO students, courses, semesters, credits and aid on the MDE Secure Reports site. An authorization form to access the site and a user guide are available below. Access the Secure Reports under Related MDE Resources.