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10th Graders Eligible for PSEO

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a state-funded program through which qualified high-school students can meet high-school graduation requirements while earning college credits. Through this program, you can challenge yourself academically and lower the cost of a college education.

The PSEO program pays for tuition and textbooks for college-level courses (numbered 1000 level or higher) taken for high-school credit. PSEO students pay for equipment that becomes their property, such as tools and computers.

If you have been a PSEO student at MCTC and 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 (see below).

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 involved in 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 MCA test and meet prerequisites of course you want to register for.
  • 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.

Note: The results of the Accuplacer placement test are the determining factor for a student's eligibility to enroll in college-level courses paid for by the PSEO program.

If the applicant does not meet class rank or GPA requirements or if the high school/home school does not have a class rank, a letter of recommendation that specifically outlines the applicant's readiness for college level coursework must be provided by the 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.

  • Fall semester: June 1 (Deadline has been extended for 10th grade students)
  • Spring semester: December 1

The PSEO program is available during fall and spring semesters; you can’t take classes in the summer.

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.
  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.
  5. Submit an official current high school transcript (mailed straight from the school to here). 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 admission status by mail within 30 days.
  8. If you are accepted into the PSEO program, you must attend the mandatory PSEO orientation. You will be assigned to an orientation session. Details will be in your acceptance letter.

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. A list of courses that are excluded for all PSEO students is located below.

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. 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.

High School Non-PSEO program

If you are a high school student who is seeking summer semester enrollment, is from out of state or has not met the PSEO application deadline, you may still be eligible for admission into Minneapolis Community and Technical College through our High School Non-PSEO Program. You must take courses at the college level (1000 or above). You may be able to use the course to meet high school graduation requirements. See your high school guidance counselor to talk about the program.

You will pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies. You must meet the PSEO Eligibility Requirements (except for state residence) and follow the same application procedures. Your application, documents and test results must be submitted by the following application deadlines: August 1 for fall semester, December 15 for spring semester, May 1 for summer semester.

Admission Appeals

Students may appeal the PSEO admission standards by submitting an appeal in writing to the Director of Admissions, Student Services Center (T.2200) before the published application deadline.

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

Students may NOT appeal the application deadline.

Questions about applying for the PSEO program

Contact the PSEO Coordinator, Sareen Dunleavy-Keenan, at sareen.dunleavy-keenan@minneapolis.edu or 612-659-6773 or Dena Russell, Director of K-12 Connections at dena.russell@minneapolis.edu or 612-659-6771.