College-Level Options through BlueSky

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

PSEO is a state program for sophomores*, juniors and seniors that gives students an opportunity to complete high school requirements by taking courses at a participating college or university. Students can earn both high school and college credit for courses taken.

Students have a chance through PSEO to take advanced-level courses and other courses that may or may not be offered at BlueSky. PSEO students are not permitted to take courses that are not considered to be college level, such as developmental and remedial courses.

*In 2012, new legislation (Minn. Stat. § 124D.09), was passed that allows eligible 10th-grade students to enroll initially in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in this first course, she/he is eligible to take additional CTE courses while in 10th grade. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test in the 8th-grade, and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds”.

Participation Criteria

A. Eligibility and Application Procedures

  1. Each student must meet the standards and admissions requirements of the postsecondary institution.
  2. Students must discuss participation in the program with their high school counselor and the PSEO counselor of the postsecondary school.
  3. Students must complete the application form (provided by the postsecondary institution) and the Notice of Student Registration and submit them to the college.

B. Eligible Institutions

  1. University of Minnesota and its branches
  2. State Universities
  3. Area Technical Colleges
  4. Community Colleges
  5. Private Colleges and Universities

For a comprehensive list of participating schools click here:

C. Responsibility

  1. The emotional maturity and level of responsibility of the student are major considerations for success in this program. Students should think about the academic classes and their personal goals when deciding upon PSEO classes.
  2. Students will not receive any supervision from the high school with respect to PSEO classes. Students need to pay attention to deadlines and are responsible for all information included in mailings and sessions at the college.
  3. Students who drop courses must do so before deadlines and should complete forms necessary to prevent billings for a class they didn't complete. Each student may be responsible for tuition, fees, and book expenses incurred in the event he/she drops a course after the drop/add deadline.
  4. Keep in mind, in class PSEO students will be treated as any other college student. They will have full responsibility for managing time and will have to study more than for the typical high school class. Students will be expected to meet deadlines without being reminded and will have to take initiative to seek help when needed.

D. Scheduling

  1. Students are responsible for registering at the postsecondary institution and setting up their own class schedule.
  2. Each semester, students must take the equivalent of 6 high school classes (PSEO classes and high school classes).
  3. Consider social security benefit criteria if you are presently receiving financial assistance. A student must be enrolled in high school 20 hours a week for benefit eligibility.

E. Program Costs

  1. There is no charge to the student for the costs or tuition, textbooks, or fees.
  2. Students will be required to pay for equipment which becomes the property of the student (i.e. tools, calculators, microcomputers, etc.), for use or rental costs of equipment or facilities, and for consumable materials such as computer disks or notebooks.

For more details about the PSEO program and for required forms, click here.