Loyola Catholic School Counseling Department

PSEO Information

What is PSEO?

From the Minnesota Department of Education Website:

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 current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

*Note: Only public school students are able to enroll in PSEO career/technical courses as 10th graders. This option is not available to private school students in the state of Minnesota. Please see Mrs. Kirschner or Mrs. Arians for additional questions.

What do I need to do to register for PSEO Courses?

1. Contact Mrs. Kirschner about your intent to take PSEO courses for the upcoming school year before May 30th. May 30th is the deadline set by the MN Dept of Ed for students to notify their school of their intent to take PSEO classes.

3. Fill out the PSEO Registration form for each college/university you are planning on applying to for PSEO courses. The form can be found here. 2019-20 PSEO Registration Form. Once you fill out section 1 of the form return to Mrs. Kirschner. The form will be sent to the college by Mrs. Kirschner along with your transcript.

4. Apply to the each of the colleges that you are interested in taking a PSEO course at. This can be done online for most colleges. Please note that each college has their own individual deadlines for PSEO registration and can be found on their website. It is your responsibility to know and meet these deadlines.

5. Read and sign the Loyola PSEO Contract and return to Mrs. Kirschner.

6. Once the college has received all of your forms, they will notify you of PSEO course registration orientation, typically in August.

7. Once you're registered contact Mrs. Kirschner ASAP to be sure that your high school and PSEO course schedules work. You will NOT be allowed to miss your Loyola courses for your PSEO courses. This will be counted as an unexcused absence or tardy.

Where can I take PSEO Courses?

Other Helpful Links

For any additional questions please contact the LCS Counseling Dept.

Jessica Kirschner - School Counselor jkirschner@loyolacatholicschool.org or 507-388-0600 ex. 604

Ruth Arians - Career/College Counselor rarian1@isd77.k12.mn.us or 507-388-0603