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Post Secondary Education Option (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. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. 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.

Students at FAIR Downtown have successfully completed coursework at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Morris, Concordia College, St. Cloud State University, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Each university adheres to their own deadlines for application and acceptance. In addition, students can attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to pursue college level arts courses.

Interested in PSEO? Please contact Ms. Valek.

Things to Know

Every college has an application fee - contact each school and ask for a waiver, if needed.

You receive four free choices to send ACT/SAT results to potential colleges. After those are used, there is a charge of $15 per school, so choose wisely when registering.

Most colleges have a Supplemental Application form in addition to the Common Application, so read carefully. Be sure to get feedback on your essay response.

Get your references early and tell them to check for reference emails.

Early Action, like Early Decision, is an accelerated college application process in which students typically must complete their applications in November. In most cases, students will then receive a decision from the college before the new year. In general, Early Action is a much more attractive option than Early Decision. Some reasons to consider Early Action include:
At many colleges, the acceptance rates are higher for early action than for regular admission.
Students who are not accepted early are still considered for admission with the regular admission pool.
Early Action is not binding - students are free to apply to other colleges.
Students can apply early to other colleges.
Although students receive early notification of an acceptance, they do not need to make a decision until the usual May 1 deadline. This allows time to figure out financial aid.
If accepted early at a college, the spring of a student's senior year will be far less stressful.
Even if accepted early, a student can choose to go to a different college with no penalty.


The PSAT exam in October is an opportunity to practice for the SAT and determines eligibility for National Merit Scholarships. Plan to take your ACT and/or SAT tests in December or February and again in April or June. Be sure to prepare for the exam using test prep books available at the public library or through online prep programs.

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