Apply as a PSEO Student

Challenge yourself academically and lower the overall cost of your college education with PSEO, or Post Secondary Enrollment Options, is a state-funded program for qualified high-school students to meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credits. The PSEO program pays for your tuition and textbooks for college-level courses (numbered 1000 level or higher) taken for high school and college credit. Transportation and items that become your property (such as tools) are not covered by the program, but if you have questions or concerns about those costs please contact us because there may be resources available.

If you have been a PSEO student at MCTC and you are graduating from high school, apply as a returning student instead of following the application procedure below.

If you want to take classes in the summer, are from out-of-state or missed the application deadlines, you may apply for MCTC’s High School Non-PSEO Program.

Is PSEO right for me?

Before you start the application process, stop to ask yourself these questions. Talk with your high school counselor and your parents or guardian about them, too.

  • Am I ready for college academics and a faster pace?
  • Have I shown that I’m a responsible person who can get to classes and complete assignments on my own?
  • Will I miss not being as involved at my high school?
  • What requirements do I need to meet for my high school diploma? (If you enroll in classes that don’t meet the requirements or withdraw from or fail a college course, you may not graduate from high school with your class)
  • Will I be able to arrange my schedule so I can get to classes on both campuses?
  • How long will it take to travel from one school to the other and how will I get there? (Transportation costs aren’t covered by the program)

Am I eligible?

Current Minnesota high school students may be eligible if they meet the following requirements.

  • NEW! Sophomores, pass 8th grade reading MCA test and meet prerequisites of the career and technical education (CTE) course you would like to take.
  • Junior, with a class rank in the top one-third or 70th percentile and GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Senior, with a class rank in the top one-half or 50th percentile and GPA 2.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrated readiness for college-level work through placement tests at the College.
  • Juniors and Seniors, you can take one career and technical education course as a PSEO student regardless of class rank or GPA, if you are a public school student and have a test score that meets or exceeds the standards on the 8th grade MCA reading test and meet the prerequisites of the course you are hoping to take. Each subsequent semester, you can take an additional career and technical course or general education course regardless of your class rank or GPA as long as you meet the prerequisite of the course (Accuplacer or ACT testing).

Note: The results of the Accuplacer placement test are a determining factor for a student's eligibility to enroll in college-level courses paid for by the PSEO program. College level ACT scores may also be used. Please submit a copy of your ACT scores along with your application paperwork.

If you do not meet class rank or GPA requirements or if your high school or home school does not have a class rank, a letter of recommendation that specifically outlines your readiness for college level coursework must be provided by your high school counselor, principal or instructor.

PSEO application deadlines

Your application, placement-test results and all required documents must be in Admissions by the following deadlines. No exceptions. No faxes.

  • Spring semester 2015: Dec. 1
  • Fall semester 2015: June 1

The PSEO program is available during fall and spring semesters, it is not available during the summer session.

Application steps

  1. Meet with your high school guidance counselor to talk about whether PSEO is right for you. Also discuss which courses you might take at MCTC to meet your high school graduation requirements.
  2. Apply online. When completing the online application select "Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Student" as your application type. As the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system transitions to a common log in process across campuses, you may experience technical difficulties with the online application. If so, please call 612-659-6765.
  3. Complete and submit the State of Minnesota PSEO Notice of Registration form. Part 1 must be completed with your parent or guardian if you are under 18. Part 2 is completed by your high school counselor.
  4. Complete and submit the PSEO Supplementary Form. You must complete the bottom portion of this form in order for the PSEO Coordinator to share information with your parent or guardian, even if you are under 18.
  5. Submit a copy of your current high school transcript. It must show your class rank or GPA. If neither is available, or below the required level, a letter of recommendation will be required from your high school counselor, principal or instructor.
  6. Study for and take the placement tests before the application deadline. If you have previously taken the Accuplacer tests at your high school, submit a signed Request for Transfer of College Readiness Scores form by the application deadline.
  7. You will be notified of your acceptance status after the PSEO application deadline.
  8. If you are accepted into the PSEO program, you must attend a mandatory PSEO orientation. You will be assigned to a mandatory PSEO orientation session and those details will be in your acceptance letter. Please do NOT register for the MCTC New or Transfer Student Orientation/Registration.

Registering for classes

NEW! 10th grade students are able to register for one CTE course their first semester and will need to have a letter grade of C or higher to continue. Here is a list of approved programs for 10th grade students.

PSEO 10th Grade Programs

You will register for your classes during PSEO orientation. For academic, financial and logistical reasons, PSEO students are not eligible to enroll in all MCTC courses. A list of excluded programs for all PSEO students is located below. The online registration system usually blocks PSEO students from enrolling in ineligible courses. However, PSEO students who intentionally register for ineligible courses will be dropped unless prior arrangements have been made with the PSEO Coordinator. In those cases, the student will be responsible for the payment of all costs associated with their enrollment including tuition, student fees, books and supplies.

PSEO Excluded Course List

The Minnesota Department of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by the institution(s) to which PSEO students have been admitted. PSEO students will be responsible for any tuition, fees and supplies at any institution(s) to which they are not admitted.

Admission appeals

You may appeal the PSEO admission standards by submitting an appeal in writing to the Dean of Academic Foundations, Academic Affairs Office (K.2100) before the application deadline.

Your letter of appeal must state which admission requirement or procedure you are requesting to be waived including the reason for the appeal and must include two letters of recommendation from high school teachers or counselors.

You may NOT appeal the application deadline.

Questions about applying for the PSEO program

Contact the PSEO Coordinator, Becky Koltes, at or 612-659-6772 or Dena Russell, Director of K-12 Connections at or 612-659-6771.

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