Postsecondary Enrollment Options

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Student Eligibility

Minnesota Statutes, sections 124D.68 and 124D.09

Public School Student Eligibility – 11th or 12th Grade Pupil, Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 5. 

An 11th or 12th grade pupil enrolled in a Minnesota public, nonpublic, home school or American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant school eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign exchange pupil enrolled in a district under a cultural exchange program, may apply to an eligible postsecondary institution (PSI) to enroll in nonsectarian courses.

Public School Student Eligibility – 9th or 10th Grade Pupil, Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 5(b).

A 9th or 10th grade pupil enrolled in a district or an American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant school eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign exchange pupil enrolled in a district under a cultural exchange program, may apply to enroll in nonsectarian courses offered under 124D.83, subdivision 10 courses according to agreements, if:

  1. The school district and the eligible PSI providing the course agree to the student’s enrollment; or
  2. The course is a world language course currently available to 11th and 12th grade students, and consistent with section 120B.022 governing world language standards, certificates, and seals.

Nonpublic/Home School Student, Alternative Pupil Eligibility – 10th, 11th or 12th Grade Pupil, Minnesota Statues, section 124D.09, subdivision 4.

Alternative pupil means a 10th (Career or Technical Education (CTE) only), 11th, or 12th grade student who is not enrolled in a public school district and includes students attending nonpublic schools and students who are home schooled. An alternative pupil must register with the commissioner of education before participating in the PSEO program.

A 10th grade student qualifies as an alternative pupil if the student: (1) is enrolled in a career or technical education course offered by an eligible institution; and (2) received a passing score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, or another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution. A career or technical education course must meet the requirements under subdivision 5a. If an alternative pupil in 10th grade receives a grade of "C" or better in the career or technical education course taken under this subdivision, the postsecondary institution must allow the student to take additional postsecondary courses for credit at that institution, not to exceed the limits in subdivision 8.

Public School Student CTE Eligibility – 10th, 11th or 12th Grade, Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 5(a).

A 10th, 11th or 12th grade pupil enrolled in a district or an American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant school eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign exchange pupil enrolled in a district under a cultural exchange program, may enroll in a CTE course offered by a Minnesota state college or university. A 10th grade pupil applying to a CTE course must have received a passing score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in reading as a condition of enrollment. A current 10th grade pupil who did not take the 8th grade MCA in reading may substitute another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling PSI.

Limit on Participation, Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 8.

  1. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 9 may not enroll in PSEO courses for more than the equivalent of four academic years.
  2. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 10 may not enroll in PSEO courses for more than the equivalent of three academic years.
  3. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 11 may not enroll in PSEO courses for more than the equivalent of two academic years.
  4. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 12 may not enroll in PSEO courses for more than the equivalent of one academic year.
  5. If a pupil in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 first enrolls in PSEO during the school year, participation shall be reduced proportionately.
  6. If a pupil is in a learning year or other year-round program and begins each grade in the summer session, summer sessions shall not be counted against the time of participation.
  7. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, the limit on participation does not apply to that pupil.
  8. A pupil who has graduated from high school cannot participate in a program under this section.
  9. A pupil who has completed requirements for graduation but who has not received a diploma may participate in the program.

Academic Year

For purposes of determining PSEO eligibility, an academic year is equivalent to a school year and is defined as July 1 through June 30.

Early Middle College Program – Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 9(b).

An institution must not enroll secondary pupils, for PSEO purposes, in remedial, developmental, or other courses that are not college level except when a student eligible to participate and enrolled in the graduation incentives program under section 124D.68 enrolls full time in a middle or early college program designed with a welldefined pathway to allow the student to earn a certificate or degree.

Fees; Textbooks; Materials – Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 20.

All textbooks and equipment provided to a pupil, and paid for by the department, are the property of the pupil’s PSI. Each pupil is required to return all textbooks and equipment to the PSI after the course has ended.

Participation in High School Activities – Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 11(a).

A school district must allow a student enrolled in a course under this section to remain at the school site during regular school hours.

Access to Building and Technology – Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivisions 11(a) and 11(b).

A school district must allow a student enrolled in a PSEO course to remain at the school site during regular school hours. A school district must adopt a policy that provides a student enrolled in PSEO with reasonable access during regular school hours to a computer and other technology resources the student needs to complete coursework for a PSEO course.

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