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Post Secondary Education Option

Minnesota State Academy's 

Post Secondary Education Option Program


Are you thinking about taking PSEO?


Things to consider: 

  1. Do you have a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher? 
  2. Are you in the upper 1/3 of your graduating class?
  3. Have you taken a mainstream class and passed with a 2.0 or higher? 
  4. Do you have the graduation requirements met at the academies? 
  5. Can you work independently? 
  6. Do you know how to advocate for you educational needs, such as interpreters, note takers, captioning, Braille materials, voice over videos, etc.? 
  7. Are you a senior of junior? 
  8. Attendance - Can you commit to the schedule? You may miss campus activities. 
  9. Transportation - are you or your parents able to transport on days when MSA is closed? 


MSA requirements -

  • Upper 1/3 of your class
  • GPA 3.5 or above
  • Must attend non-MSA school days
  • Has taken a mainstream class, and passed with a 2.0 or higher
  • First attempt should be in-person college course
  • Is up to date on graduation requirements at MSA
  • Has passed the graduation requirements for testing in all subjects. 


Our partner in Post Secondary Option is South Central College in Faribault  

SCC Requirements - 

  • Must communicate grades with local high school principal/mainstream counselor 
  • Submit Application 
  • High School Transcript (2.0 cumulative grade point average, 67% completion rate)
  • Complete Accuplacer Test
  • Has completed the ACT test with a cumulative score of 20 or above
  • Complete Post Secondary Enrollment Option Program Forms (Student, Parent, High School Counselor must sign off)
  • Complete student Policy Contract and Release Forms

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

All students must have a meeting with their High School Principal and Mainstream Coordinator  before signing up for PSEO.


What is PSEO?

* The PSEO program is for highly motivated high school  sophomores,juniors and seniors to take courses at a postsecondary institution for high school and college credit.

* PSEO is offered at a large number of Minnesota public and private colleges.

* The program provides students with a greater variety of class offerings and challenging college level coursework.

* Tuition, fees, and required textbooks are at no cost to the students.


Who qualifies for PSEO?

* Sophomores with pre- approval

* Juniors in the top 33% of their class

* Seniors in the top 33% of their class


What Colleges can I attend?

* University of Minnesota and its branches

* All State Universities (MNSCU)

* Community colleges and Technical colleges

* Minnesota Private two or four year colleges


Minnesota State Academies partners with South Central College to provide on-site classes for our students.


What Kind of courses can I take?

* When selecting courses, students should be attentive to fulfilling the subject areas required for high school graduation.

* Students may also choose any elective courses they desire

* Credits received at a post-secondary institutions are on the student’s record and count as courses completed at that institution and at Minnesota State Academies.

* If students withdraw from a course, they must let the post-secondary institution and the high school know immediately. PSEO students are subject to the same procedures and/or penalties as any other high school student when withdrawing from or failing a course.


Credit Conversion

4 College Credits =1 MSA High School Credit

3 College Credits = .05 MSA High School Credit

2 College Credits = .05 MSA High School Credit


Things to consider....

* Students may enroll in PSEO part-time or full-time

* Students are expected to be responsible and independent learners.

* Success in the PSEO program is not guaranteed because a student has been successful in high school.

* College level classes can provide a great opportunity for the right student, however, this can be a struggle for those who are not fully prepared for the rigorous coursework.

* Students must be on track for graduation at the State Academies.

*Students must be able to advocate for their educational needs and work with Disability Services at the college of choice.

* Student’s responsibility to arrange transportation/lodging during the days MSA is not in session and college classes are in session.

* Grades earned through the PSEO program are permanent on your college and high school transcripts.

* It is the student's responsibility to research how the PSEO credits will transfer between post-secondary institutions.

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 Message from the Minnesota Department of Education:


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.