Postsecondary Enrollment Options
Dual Enrollment High School Program
Minnesota’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program allows iQ Academy Minnesota (IQMN) students in grades 10–12 to earn both high school and college credit by successfully completing college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions.
Where will I take courses?
Most courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution while some are online
What are the requirements to enroll?
Each participating college or university sets its own admissions requirements for enrollment in PSEO courses.
- Eleventh and 12th-graders may take PSEO courses on a part- or full-time basis.
- Tenth graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis.*
- Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.
If a school district determines a student isn’t on track to graduate, the student may continue to participate in PSEO on a term-by-term basis.
Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.
What are the important dates to know?
By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date you register for courses for the following school year, schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8–11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, students must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in PSEO courses for the following school year.
How much do courses cost?
There is no charge to students for tuition, books, or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students may have to pay for:
- Equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed
- Textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies
- Tuition costs if they don’t notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement
Credits and Transcripts
All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board’s decision to the commissioner. The commissioner’s decision regarding the number of credits will be final.
Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.
Students enrolled in a PSEO course can still participate in IQMN-sponsored activities.
School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers, and other technology resources during regular school hours in order to participate in PSEO courses, whether online or on campus.
*Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “‘exceeds” on the eighth grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional CTE PSEO courses. If they didn’t take the MCA in eighth grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.