POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS (PSEO)
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage
*MN has many required tests. Detailed information and testing calendars can be found at the MN Department of Education.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
Students planning to attend a four year college need to take the ACT or SAT. Most of our students choose the ACT, the preferred test for the colleges in the Midwest.
The ACT is a college entrance exam. It is typically taken during the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year.
**There are 2 forms of the ACT that can be taken. One has a writing component and one does not. It is important that you know if the colleges you are interested in attending require the written portion. Check with the colleges before registering so you take the correct form. To be on the safe side, you may want to take the ACT with the writing component.
*For more information, see the ACT website at www.actstudent.org
*Can apply on-line at www.collegeboard.com
***Our school code is 240-985
***Practice tests for the ACT and SAT are available free of charge on the MCIS website. You can also check with the library or order books on-line.
CAREER AND COLLEGE PLANNING
Students should start thinking about what they want to do after high school very early on. Colleges have different requirements that need to be met in order for students to be admissible. Students may need to take certain classes in high school in order to be accepted in the schools of their choice.
Get Ready for College is a great website from the MN Office of Higher Education to use to get more information about how to prepare for college, select a school, and pay for college.
The "Minnesota Career Information Systems" website is a great tool for looking at different career possibilities, colleges, and taking practice test. It also has a scholarship search that includes thousands of scholarships. The website is https://mncis.intocareers.org
A username and password are needed to get into the site. Those can be aquired from Mrs. Oian.
Different types of financial aid are available to students. To apply for Federal Financial aid go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Many scholarships are available to students.
*A listing of scholarships is posted in the High School
*Never pay for a scholarship search as the legitimate ones are free.
*In addition to the following scholarship sites, remember to check each college for their specifici scholarships.