Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

post SecondaryEarn college credits while you're still in high school! PSEO is tuition free, which saves you time and money.

Students can get a jump start on earning college credits by taking college courses while they are in still in high school through Minnesota’s PSEO program. This program allows students to take college courses tuition free, saving both time and money on completing a college degree. PSEO courses may also fulfill high school course requirements and count toward a high school diploma. 

For additional information related to the PSEO program you can visit:

MN Department of Education website (which includes the PSEO Reference Guide)

Minnesota State Statute 124D.09

MN State System Policy

To Qualify a Student Must:

Be a Senior, Junior, or Sophomore in high school.

  • High School Seniors: Class rank in the upper one-half of their class, or score at or above the 50thpercentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, PLAN, ASPIRE, or PSAT), or cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) or better
  • High School Juniors: Class rank in the upper one-third of their class, or score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, PLAN, ASPIRE, or PSAT), or cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or better

  • High School Sophomores: see the requirements here
  • Home schooled students: Seniors must score at or above the 50thpercentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, PLAN, ASPIRE, or PSAT). Juniors must score at or above the 70thpercentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, PLAN, ASPIRE, or PSAT). Sophomore-level home schooled students are not eligible for PSEO.

Be admitted to South Central College, having successfully completed all college admission requirements

Admissions Checklist:

  • Submit to SCC a completed application by using our Online Application or print out an pdfApplication Form and send in the completed form to the college.
  • Submit an official high school transcript identifying class rank if applicable. Transcripts must be official and should be sent directly to SCC.
  • Schedule and complete the Accuplacer assessment
  • Submit an official college transcript if you have taken PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment courses. SCC may be able to obtain your official transcripts from any of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at no charge to you. For information on how courses may transfer to SCC, please review the Transferology link via the SCC Transfer Made Easy link.
  • Submit a completed pdfPost Secondary Enrollment Options Program form signed by the student, parent, and high school counselor. 

Students are admitted into a program/major when all the above requirements have been completed and there is space available in the program/major. Please note - PSEO students cannot enroll in College Readiness courses.

Application Timeline:

South Central College encourages completion of the application process early to assure the best course availability.

Priority Deadline
for Fall 2017
Final Deadline
for Fall 2017
Priority Deadline
for Spring 2017
Final Deadline
for Spring 2017

June 1, 2017

July 15, 2017

November 15, 2016

December 1, 2016 PSEO not available in the summer

To Continue Enrollment in the PSEO Program:

  • Student must maintain at least a 2.0 (“C”) grade point average and a 67% minimum completion rate.
  • Student and secondary school contact person must complete the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program form each semester.
  • Student must comply with SCC’s policies in the SCC catalog.

To Register for a Course in the PSEO Program, All Postsecondary Students:

  • Must meet age specific requirements for each course
  • Must meet the course and/or program prerequisites (including admission to academic programs when applicable)
    • Students are not eligible to take courses that involve travel out of the school area (e.g. trips to Colorado, Africa, Germany)
    • Only college-level courses are eligible for the PSEO program; college-readiness (e.g. ENGL 0080) would not be eligible for the PSEO program

PSEO Admission Appeal:

An applicant who is denied acceptance into the PSEO program has the right to appeal the decision to the college.  The appeal process requires:

  • Student must submit a PSEO Admission Appeal Form
  • Student must submit a letter of appeal
  • Student must submit a letter of support from a school contact person 

A student cannot appeal if denied based on an incomplete application by the deadline date. Appeal must be received within 10 working days after notification of denial is received by the student. Click pdfhere for the PSEO Admission Appeal form.


  • Tuition, textbooks, and fees are covered by the PSEO program.  The student is responsible for any other costs incurred at the college (library fees, transportation and supply/classroom fees not covered in tuition costs)
  • Student is financially responsible for supplies, tools, clothing and any consumable supplies
  • Student is financially responsible for any books not returned by the end of the business day at the end of South Central College’s finals. The student will be charged at a used price of the textbook for any books that are not returned on time and in the same condition as when they are picked up.  Any CD’s or supplemental materials must be returned with the book
  • Students may take a course that has an additional fee up to $100 per credit