What is the PSEO program?
The Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, also known as PSEO, was created in 1985 as a means to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students." Through PSEO, high school students receive both high school and college/university credit for college or university courses that are completed. Through PSEO, students may take courses on a college or university campus or, where available, at their high school. PSEO courses offered in high school are commonly called concurrent enrollment courses.
Who is eligible for PSEO?
Students currently enrolled in high school, who meet the Minnesota Residency Guidelines, meet the qualifications, and have at least one open class period can participate in PSEO. Please review the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Reference Guide found on Minnesota Department of Education’s website for more specific information.
Can PSEO students take online classes?
Yes, all college level courses with space availability are available for PSEO student. Certain limitations are based on program eligibility.
How much does is cost to be in PSEO?
The PSEO program covers all course tuition, fees, and required textbooks. Supplies that the student keeps at the end of the semester will be purchased by the student. Books and materials that are not returned by the due date at the end of the semester will be charged to the students account and their transcript will not be released until the balance has been paid.
Can PSEO students take summer classes?
No, the PSEO program is only an option during the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students interested in enrolling in summer courses can speak with the Admissions Office about summer courses, you will need to reapply to the university before enrolling in summer courses. Students will be responsible for tuition, fees, and textbooks for summer courses.
What academic standards do PSEO students need to meet in order to remain enrolled in the PSEO program?
All students in the PSEO program will be expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 ("C") or better and maintain a course completion rate of 67% or higher. If a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and 67% completion rate is not maintained, students will be dropped from the PSEO program.
What if a student does not successfully complete a college-level PSEO course?
That is a risk for students in this program. If a class required for high school graduation is not successfully completed, the student might not be able to graduate with their high school class. In addition, there will be a permanent college or university transcript on which the grade is recorded.
When can I register for my PSEO classes?
New PSEO students are required to attend new PSEO student orientation and will register for PSEO classes at orientation.
Returning PSEO students do not need to attend PSEO orientation again and will register on their own starting on the date of open enrollment.
Do I have to attend a PSEO orientation session?
All first-time PSEO students must complete the Online PSEO Orientation. Information about the online orientation will be emailed to the PSEO student upon acceptance to the PSEO program. Students must be accepted to the PSEO program to complete online orientation.
Will my PSEO coursework transfer to other colleges and universities?
All courses taken in the PSEO program will appear on the Dakota County Technical College transcript. Courses that are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum are widely transferable among state colleges and universities for general education credit. The receiving institution determines how coursework counts towards completion of the student’s degree. If you are interested in transferring to another college or university please work with the PSEO advisor to assist you to transfer your courses to the receiving college.
Is there a maximum number of credits I can take?
Dakota County Technical College encourages PSEO students to limit their credit load their first semester to 12 credits and PSEO students need permission from the PSEO advisor at Dakota County Technical College if they wish to take more than 18 credits in one semester.
Is there transportation available?
PSEO students are responsible for their own travel to and from Dakota County Technical College. There is a partnership with MTVA Connect, a public transportation option to DCTC from some of the South East Metro. There is a travel reimbursement option for students who meet the income guidelines.
Can I participate in high school activities if I am a PSEO student?
Yes, PSEO students are still able to participate in high school activates as long as they do not interfere with the students class time. In addition, high schools must let PSEO students use technology on the high school to assist with college homework. PSEO students are also eligible to participate in college events at DCTC.
I use an IEP can I use it as a PSEO student?
Accommodations are available with the appropriate documentation, however the K12 IEP is not valid in the Post-Secondary setting. PSEO students are expected to seek out the Accessibility Services to set up accommodations before classes start. Choosing not to reach out to Accessibility Services prior to classes starting will result in a delay of or denial of accommodations. You can contact Accessibility Services at 651-423-8469.
How do I allow my parents to have access to my account information?
FERPA states that "If a student is attending a postsecondary institution –at any age- the rights under FERPA have transferred to the student." PSEO students who wish for their parents or guardians to have access to college records should complete the Authorization to Release Data. Students much select what type of information they wish to grant authorization to.
Are there courses that I cannot take as a PSEO student?
Yes. PSEO students are unable to register for:
- Developmental courses (below 1000 level)
- See Courses/Programs available form for a complete list of programs prohibited from PSEO
- Summer Courses
I am interested in a specific program. Can I complete the entire program as a PSEO?
PSEO students are able to enroll in MOST programs offered at DCTC if there is space available on the date of open enrollment. Each program will have their own specific requirements that a PSEO student must meet to qualify for. There are certain exceptions and limits to PSEO students in programs. The programs that have required summer courses: a PSEO student must pay out of pocket for those courses, including tuition, fees, books and supplies. Please contact the PSEO Advisor for more specific information pertaining to the program of interest.
Are the PSEO credits transferable to another college?
Yes. All DCTC credits are accredited and transferable.
What if I need to change my schedule?
PSEO students have until the 5th day of the semester to make any changes to their schedule. Courses registered for after the 5th day of the semester will not be covered by the PSEO program. It is not required that a PSEO student meets with the PSEO advisor before they make a change to their schedule but it is encouraged.
After the 5th day of the semester if a PSEO student chooses to drop a course it will be considered a withdrawal and their transcript will reflect the withdrawn course.
How does college coursework compare to high school coursework?
College courses are more academically challenging, and the primary responsibility for learning is yours. You should plan to spend two to three hours of study for every hour spend in class. If you also work and/or participate in after-school activities, consider whether PSEO will be a good fit. Keep in mind, you will be taking classes with students who have already completed high school.
What are the expectations as a PSEO student?
PSEO students are expected to:
- Attend all regularly scheduled classes
- Be aware that high school academic calendar differs from DCTC’s academic calendar, which means you may have college classes on days you do not have high school classes.
- Arrive to class on time, be prepared and complete all assignments
- Keep in regular contact with both your high school counselor and the PSEO Advisor
- Read all materials provided to you at orientation and sent to you via email and regular mail.
- Be respectful and follow all university policies, procedures, and the Student Code of Conduct
- Check your email daily and read all messages sent from the college.