Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is an opportunity for Minnesota resident high school students in grades 10, 11 or 12, to earn dual credit for both high school and college. Most commonly, PSEO courses are delivered by the postsecondary institution (PSI) online or in person on campus. Payment of PSEO course tuition and required items, in most cases, comes directly from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to the PSI. MDE does not pay for any materials/equipment a student owns once the course has ended. Eligible PSIs choose which courses are PSEO eligible as well as setting college enrollment requirements. Students, PSIs and courses must fulfill the eligibility requirements as referenced in the PSEO Statute, Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, See the PSEO Reference Guide for a comprehensive overview of PSEO.

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 nonconsumable 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. Public school, home school and nonpublic school students from families whose income levels are below the federal poverty guidelines may qualify for PSEO Transportation Mileage Reimbursement. District-provided transportation services are not available for students participating in PSEO. A family must complete the Application for Student Transportation Reimbursement at the beginning of the application request (or during the school year if there is a change in their financial status).

Home school and nonpublic students, for PSEO purposes, are considered alternative students. An alternative student who qualifies for mileage reimbursement must apply for reimbursement through the enrolling PSI. The mileage reimbursement is from the student's home or secondary school to the postsecondary institution.

School district students who qualify for mileage reimbursement must apply for reimbursement through the enrolling school district. If the family's income qualifies them for this program, they submit the Student Transportation Reimbursement Report to the district on a monthly basis. The district pays the family based on this claim. For questions regarding the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program, contact Kelly Garvey (pupiltransportation.mde@state.mn.us).

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.

Public School Students Required District Notification – Intent to Enroll. To assist districts in planning, district students must notify their enrolling public school district by May 30 each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year. When completing the Notice of Student Registration Form (NOSR) section 1, there is a place where the student should complete/fill in the date of their notification. If the public school student does not notify by May 30, and the district does not waive the deadline, the student/family may be financially responsible for the PSEO costs.

2020-21 Notice of Student Registration Form (NOSR). A PSEO application form for student PSEO registration in Minnesota, school year 2020-21, must be completed for each semester by an eligible student, signed by the student’s parent or guardian (if the student is under the age of 18), and signed by the district, charter school, nonpublic or home school. Students forward the 2020-21 Notice of Student Registration Form to the postsecondary institution they plan to attend; the postsecondary institution then completes section three and submits a copy to the Minnesota Department of Education. Access the NOSR form in three different formats here: 2020-21 Notice of Student Registration Form (Word Version), 2020-21 Notice of Student Registration Form (Digital Signature) or 2020-21 Notice of Student Registration Form (Fillable PDF).

2021-22 Notice of Student Registration Form (NOSR). A PSEO application form for student PSEO registration in Minnesota, school year 2021-22, must be completed for each semester by an eligible student, signed by the student’s parent or guardian (if the student is under the age of 18), and signed by the district, charter school, nonpublic or home school. Students forward the 2021-22 Notice of Student Registration Form to the postsecondary institution they plan to attend; the postsecondary institution then completes section three and submits a copy to the Minnesota Department of Education. Access the NOSR form in three different formats here: 2021-22 Notice of Student Registration Form (Word Version), 2021-22 Notice of Student Registration Form (Digital Signature) or 2021-22 Notice of Student Registration Form (Fillable PDF).

2020-21 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility
. A verification form is signed by the enrolling public school district and required for each semester of extended PSEO enrollment. The verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility is documentation of a (public) school district’s determination a pupil is not on track to graduate for purposes of limitations on PSEO eligibility. Access the 2020-21 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility form in three different formats here: 2020-21 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility (Word Version), 2020-21 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility (Digital Signature) or 2020-21 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility (Fillable PDF).

2021-22 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility. A verification form is signed by the enrolling public school district and required for each semester of extended PSEO enrollment. The verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility is documentation of a (public) school district’s determination a pupil is not on track to graduate for purposes of limitations on PSEO eligibility. Access the 2021-22 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility form in three different formats here: 2021-22 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility (Word Version), 2021-22 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility (Digital Signature) or 2021-22 Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility (Fillable PDF).

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

 

  •  - 3/24/21
    A list of postsecondary institutions approved to participate in the PSEO program. Please contact each campus directly for specific PSEO program information.
  •  - 9/9/20
  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Update - 2/19/20
    Notice of Student Registration Form Webinar Presentation (February 2020)
  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Reference Guide - 8/20/19
    A reference guide to assist students and parents, high school educators and Minnesota Colleges and Universities.
  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Communication Form - 7/18/19
  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Data Guide - 5/1/19