PSEO Program

About the Program

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What is PSEO?

There are two types of Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Programs, each has different admission and course eligibility:

  1. PSEO General Education for Juniors and Seniors completing general education courses

  2. PSEO Career & Technical Education (CTE) program for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors completing eligible career and technical education courses identified by the college.

The PSEO Program is designed to offer Minnesota high school seniors, juniors and sophomores in public, nonpublic or home schools, with demonstrated academic achievement the opportunity to take college level courses while attending high school.

The program provides students with a greater variety of course offerings and the opportunity to pursue more challenging coursework that may not be available at the high school.  Students make take courses on campus or online, either full-time or part-time.

The PSEO program allows high school students to earn college credits tuition free, saving both time and money on completing a college degree.  With the high school's permission, the students can also use those credits toward the completion of high school graduation requirements.

The application deadline for fall semester is July 1.  The application deadline for spring semester is December 1.

What's Covered?

Courses:

  • PSEO eligible courses are offered during the fall and spring terms on the Normandale campus.

Costs:

  • The cost for all course tuition, required fees and required textbooks are covered under the PSEO program.

  • However, textbooks paid for through PSEO become the property of Normandale Community College upon completion of the course due to policies established in law by the State of Minnesota. It also covers consumable supplies that are required specifically for a class, such as art supplies, film, etc.

  • For more on Textbook and Course Materials policy, click here.

See the Frequently Asked Questions for PSEO for additional program information.

What's NOT Covered?

Courses not covered:

  • The program does not cover the costs for developmental courses(numbered below 1000). Other selected course offerings also may not be available to PSEO students.

  • PSEO students are not eligible for courses with supplemental fees greater than $85.

  • PSEO students are not eligible for financial aid.

  • 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.

Costs not covered:

  • The program does not cover general school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc., or non-consumable supplies such as calculators, instrument rental, uniforms, etc.
  • Transportation costs to the college are not covered by the PSEO program and are the responsibility of the student.  However, some PSEO students may be eligible for assistance with transportation costs. To be eligible, a student's family must be under the federal poverty income guidelines. Students who qualify will work with their district on the reimbursement process. More information is available at the Minnesota Department of Education's web site.

 

See the Frequently Asked Questions for PSEO for additional program information.

Eligibility Requirements for the General PSEO Program-

High school seniors must rank in the top one-half of the graduating class or score at or above the 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN or ITED.

High School juniors must rank in the upper one-third of the graduating class or score at or above the 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN or ITED.

Students applying from high schools that do not provide rank must have a 3.5 GPA (to be eligible as a junior) and a 3.0 GPA (to be eligible as a senior) or meet the percentiles on the nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests mentioned above.

Home schooled or students who attend an ALC or school which does not provide GPA or rank are eligible for PSEO admission based upon meeting the percentiles of the nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests mentioned above.  Students who have less than one year experience at an ALC or home school are required to submit previous high school transcripts.  Home schooled students can access to the ITED through the Minnesota Statewide Testing Program.

The admissions process involves 3 steps:

  1. Submit the application materials and meet eligibility requirements
  2. Satisfying placement testing (if necessary)
  3. Attend Advising and Registration

For each step, a certain requirement must be met before moving to the next step.

Therefore, applicants are only notified of the next step when the previous requirement has been met.

The Admissions Office will send letters with information on how to complete each step.  This should be done as soon as possible after receiving a letter with instructions.

**NOTE: The results of the Normandale placement testing are the determining factor for a student's eligibility to enroll in college-level courses paid for by the PSEO program. Eligible applicants must satisfy all three sections (reading, writing and mathematics) of Normandale's placement testing and indicate a college level placement in reading to be eligible to register for courses under the PSEO program.

Eligibility Requirements for the PSEO Career & Technical Education Program (CTE)-

  • Students must be enrolled in a district in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.

  • Students in the 10th grade must have attained a passing score on the 8th Grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)  in reading.  Or, an Accuplacer reading score of 78 or higher, if the student did not take the MCA reading test.

  • Students must meet other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the college. These standards include but are not limited to assessment test scores, program admission or other requirements.

  • Students are eligible for only one course the first semester. If a student earns a grade of "C" or better in the one course taken the first semester, the student can enroll in more than one CTE course in subsequent semesters.

  • A student who first enrolls under this provision while in 10th grade and wishes to enroll in general education courses as an 11th or 12th grade student must complete all 3 sections of the Accuplacer, attain a reading score of 78 or higher, and attend and Advising and Registration session for participation in the PSEO General Education program.

The admissions process involves 3 steps:

  1. Submit the application materials and meet eligibility requirements

  2. Satisfying placement testing (if necessary)

  3. Attend a parent/student meeting prior to registration.

For each step, a certain requirement must be met before moving to the next step. Therefore, applicants are only notified of the next step when the previous requirement has been met.

The Admissions Office will send letters with information on how to complete each step which should be done as soon as possible after receiving a letter.

How to Apply to the General PSEO Program-

The application deadline for fall semester is July 1.  The application deadline for spring semester is December 1.  Submit a paper application following the instructions below.  ALL materials must be submitted together.

  • A completed and signed Normandale Community College PSEO Application form 

  • A current official high school transcript showing class rank/size (if available)

  • ACT, SAT or PSAT or PLAN scores (if available)

  • Records of immunizations (alternative and home schooled students only)

  • A MN Dept of Education PSEO Program Notice of Student Registration form. Parts 1 and 2 of the form must be completed and signed

Official transcripts of previously completed college level coursework (College in the Schools, Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, PSEO at another institution, etc.)

Eligible applicants will be notified by letter on how to complete placement testing (if needed) and registration.

For additional information call (952) 358-8208or email.

How to Apply to the PSEO CTE Program-

The application deadline for fall semester is July 1.  The application deadline for spring semester is December 1.

ALL application materials together

  • A completed and signed Normandale Community College PSEO-CTE Application Form

  • MN Dept of Education PSEO Program Notice of Student Registration Form. Parts 1 and 2 of the form must be completed and signed.

Official high school transcript which includes most recent semester grades

  • Evidence of a passing score on the MCA 8th grade assessment, if not on transcript (10th grade applilcants only)

Eligible applicants will be notified by letter on how to complete placement testing (if needed) and registration.

  • Attend PSEO - CTE Mandatory Parent Meeting

    • All PSEO - CTE students are required to sign up and attend a mandatory parent meeting

    • Student must be accompanied by parent or guardian

    • Mandatory parent meetings can be scheduled by calling 952-358-8208.

For additional information call (952) 358-8208or email.

Notification & Placement

When the application, Minnesota Department of Education form and required transcripts and documents have been received, the Normandale Office of Admissions will send a letter verifying that the student's application is complete. If the student needs to complete placement testing, additional information on how to complete this requirement will be provided.

When course placement has been determined, applicants will be notified of a PSEO Advising and Registration program date.

If an applicant does not place at the college level in reading, the applicant is ineligible to register for courses through the PSEO program.

During the PSEO Advising and Registration program, new entering students will receive important information about their life as a student at Normandale Community College, advice on how to achieve academic success at the College and guidance in registering for their courses.

Counselors and advisors are available during the Advising and Registration program to help students select an appropriate course schedule based on the student’s interests, abilities and goals.

Developmental courses may not be taken under the PSEO program due to policies established in law by the State of Minnesota. In accordance with Minnesota State law, PSEO benefits are not available for enrollment during summer terms.

Qualified students are accepted to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program only and are not admitted general enrollment students at Normandale Community College.

PSEO students who wish to continue their college education at Normandale after their high school graduation must complete a separate General Admission application form, pay the $20 application fee and meet all the specific admission requirements for general enrollment.