Students can get a jump start on earning college credits by taking college courses while they are 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.
Your tuition, fees, and books are paid for by the state of Minnesota. Books remain the property of MSUM and must be returned to the main Bookstore office by the last day of final exams or you will be billed for them. You are responsible for paying additional fees in courses such as music lessons, and for any consumable supplies and any applicable course fees. Transportation, room, and board fees are your responsibility. Residence hall housing is available to PSEO students enrolled at MSUM and MSCTC. Visit Housing's website to see current costs for room and board at Housing and Residential Life @ Minnesota State University Moorhead.
The PSEO program also allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus, at their high school or online taught by college or university faculty members. To be eligible to take PSEO courses at a Minnesota State Colleges and University institution, high school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or earn a score at or above the 70thpercentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Eligible students will also need to meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students taking the course.
MN residents attending a North Dakota private school such as Oak Grove can access the program because they are still MN residents. ND residents attending MN private schools such as Park Christian cannot access the program.
Students who are interested in career and technical courses may take one career and technical college level course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school or online as early as grade 10. To be eligible to do so, they must be enrolled in a public school, have a minimum of a “’proficient” score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students. If a student successfully completes the technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional career and technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses. Students who first enter PSEO programming through career and technical education can also begin to take PSEO general education courses in grades 11 and 12 by meeting the assessment prerequisites for the general education course they wish to enroll in, regardless of class rank or percentile on a nationally normed exam.