WEST PSEO FAQs

 

MINNESOTA STATE LAW REGARDING PSEO

PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Option) is a Minnesota state program for high school juniors and seniors in public or non-public high school or home-school program that gives students the opportunity to complete their high school requirements by taking non-sectarian courses at a participating college or university. From Minnesota Department of Education; Minn. Stat. 124D.09 (1999).

PSEO offers the opportunity to enroll in and attend college-level courses and apply earned credits toward high school graduation requirements and a college degree [dual enrollment]. State funding covers the cost of tuition and required books for eligible courses.  Specific requirements and limitations vary per school.

 

WHY PSEO?

PSEO courses provide an opportunity for students to explore their interests, experience possible majors or minors, utilize their skills and talents, earn college credit at no cost.

PSEO is a dual enrollment program which allows for junior and senior grade level students to earn high school AND college credit at the same time.

PSEO allows for students to learn more about the college experience and themselves as they discern and determine any next steps after high school.

Enjoy PSEO!

To learn more about how to prepare, plan and determine your reasons for PSEO WEST offers workshops and consulting. Contact WEST at thedirector.west@gmail.com

 

WHAT COLLEGES WORK WITH WEST TO OFFER PSEO?

WEST currently partners with North Central University and Crown College to bring an excellent course and classroom experience locally to high school students ready for college level classes through PSEO

NCU courses are traditional in-class with instructor. They meet once a week per semester to receive and complete the credit work

Crown College courses are hybrid that meet once a week per semester in-class with the remainder of coursework received and completed on-line

 

PSEO APPLICATION PROCESS & STEPS

DEADLINES

Students/Parents must inform themselves about any post-secondary institution’s admission deadlines and enrollment policies from the college in which your student plans to or is considering enrolling in.
Dates are posted on the WEST website but may not be exact and current.

  • Students enrolling in PSEO are required to be juniors and seniors in high school
  • The typical age of PSEO students is 16-18 years old however, the state does not mandate any age requirements for enrollment in PSEO
    • WEST requires that students be juniors or seniors to enroll in PSEO courses on our campus
  • The admission deadline for PSEO at North Central University and Crown College is found on their website.  There is a deadline for each semester. 

Note:  If a student is enrolled in the fall semester, there is no need to re-enroll for spring semester.  Acceptance is for fall and spring semester.  If a student is seeking admission for spring semester only, they must adhere to the spring admission deadline.

  • WEST will admit new students into PSEO classes if
    • student is admitted into the university / college
    • student's family is concurrently registered with WEST
    • there is space available for additional students in the class

ADMISSION FORMS / APPLICATIONS

WEST offers PSEO courses through North Central University and Crown College

Complete and turn in your as soon as possible:

  • College application to NCU www.northcentral.edu/pseo or Crown College www.crown.eduthis is completed only once
  • NSR Minnesota State PSEO form – hard copy mailed to university/college every semester
  • Any required test results to the college as soon as it is identified (SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN) – hard copy mailed to university/college only once

MINNESOTA STATE PSEO FORMS

Complete the MN State NSR 3-part form for enrollment at NCU/Crown College.
Form found on university/college website. Make copies for your own records.

Every semester your student takes PSEO course work, the MN State form MUST be completed and turned in to NCU/Crown College every semester.
Students may NOT register for classes if this form is not turned in each and every semester!

  1. Section 1: to be completed by student
  2. Section 2: to be completed by secondary [home] school
    • Include your high school district as indicated.
    • Students 16 and over do not need to report to their school district, but the college is required to submit this information to the Department of Education.
  3. Section 3: to be completed by post-secondary school [college/university] - student's home school does not complete this portion
    • Initial application: Turn in completed copy to the college/university PSEO Director of Admissions with initial application
    • This form is turned in to the respective university/college by you

 

TESTS FOR ADMISSION

Submit test scores from ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN to NCU / Crown College with your application and state forms

  1. NCU/Crown College requires one of these standardized college entrance exams scores to be submitted with PSEO application.
  2. Photocopies of the scoring page from a test listed above is accepted by NCU/Crown College along with your application. An official copy must be submitted before semester begins.
  3. Check for the date you took your last qualifying test and make sure it is still good and has not expired (i.e. has been within the past year? This is particularly critical for seniors who did not take a nationally norm-referenced test as a junior or only have PLAN results from fall of their sophomore year).
  4. Register ASAP for fall testing opportunities
    • PLAN test
    • PSAT test is offered for high school sophomores and juniors at your local high school in October.
      Contact your local high school guidance office in early September after school begins.
    • ACT offers national testing throughout the school year www.act.org
    • SAT test offers national testing www.collegeboard.com

Complete WEST Annual Registration

  1. Go to www.westclasses.com and request membership along with family registration payment of $45 per family and $20 PSEO fee

The family registration fee ($45) is annual

The PSEO fee ($20) is per semester

Receive membership approval and register

UPON ACCEPTANCE: NEXT STEPS

After you receive your letter of acceptance to NCU/Crown College:

  • Go to the WEST website www.westclasses.com
  • Request Membership and complete family information
  • Pay $45 non-refundable annual registration fee online
  • Receive approval
  • After approval, pay $20 administrative fee then begin to register for PSEO courses through the WEST website by placing classes in your cart
  • Each credit if $5, make payment and consider yourself registered for PSEO courses on the WEST campus
  • WEST will email PSEO welcome letter in August
  • Adjunct Professors or TAs on the WEST campus will email a welcome letter as well later in August
  • To enroll in PSEO classes at WEST, WEST must have been notified by the university/college admissions department of your acceptance.
    • A college letter of acceptance or note from admissions must be received before you can register for WEST PSEO courses with NCU/Crown College.
    • Questions? Contact WEST at thedirector.west@gmail.com

 

TEXTBOOKS

MN PSEO funds pay for not only the courses but also the textbooks for PSEO students to borrow while in class.  NCU / Crown College handles the distribution and collection of these loaned books on an individual basis. Contact each university/college to learn the how and when of book distribution and return.

SEMESTERS

PSEO on the WEST campus runs on a semester basis: Fall Semester and Spring Semester. Each semester is 15 weeks long with possibly breaks in each semester. Each class runs for one semester. Certain courses, such as Spanish, will run two semesters long. Students are to check the university /college and WEST websites for those scheduled breaks in each semester.

CLASS STRUCTURE

Each PSEO class on the WEST campus is developed for students to learn through engagement, hands-on activities, discussion, projects, lecture and interaction with peers, educator and curriculum.

NCU courses are traditional in-class with instructor. They meet once a week per semester to receive and complete the credit work.

Crown College courses are hybrid that meet once a week per semester in-class with the remainder of coursework received and completed on-line.

 

AVERAGE PSEO STUDENT CREDIT LOAD

Each student determines the amount of college credit and work load that fits them best. Each university / college sets a maximum amount of college credits a PSEO student is allowed to register for. Check each university / college website for specific details.

An average credit load for college students is 15 credits (4-5 classes).

ACCEPTANCE AND CREDIT TRANSFERS

Acceptance and transfer of credits varies per college. If you are interested in a specific college, AA degree and/or 4-year degree be sure to ask admissions at specific colleges of interest about their policy.  www.getreadyforcollege.org

Minnesota Transfer credits apply to how credits will transfer specifically to MNSCU (Minnesota State College Universities). Transfer guides may be available for private colleges or the University of Minnesota on the Minnesota Transfer website. WEST encourages student/parents to investigate individual colleges for transfer of credits. http://www.mnscu.edu/students/admissions/transfer.htm/