Postsecondary Enrollment Options at AFSA
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 nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most students take PSEO courses through the CIS and College Now Program at AFSA High School.
There are a few settings in which PSEO courses are offered. Some PSEO courses can be offered in the high school setting due to partnerships with local postsecondary institutions, such as the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools Program or Southwest Minnesota State University's College Now Program. PSEO courses are also offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution, with some of those PSEO courses being 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 initially take one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional CTE PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.
By March 1 of each year, schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. 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 webpage.
Students taking CIS & College Now Courses at AFSA …
- Must meet eligibility requirements
- Earn both high school and college credit (AFSA grade and college grade – these may not be the same grade)
- Are enrolled at both AFSA and the University of Minnesota or Southwest Minnesota State University at the same time
- Receive a high school and college transcript
Students need to be aware that …
- The college grade stays with them on their college transcript, even if they do not attend the University of Minnesota or Southwest Minnesota State University after high school
- They need to spend a minimum of three hours per credit per week on the class:
- 4 credit class = 12 hours per week (4 of those class hours are in-class instruction)
- 3 credit class = 9 hours per week (3 of those class hours are in-class instruction)
- Substandard performance may jeopardize the student’s academic record potentially resulting in:
- Academic probation early in the student’s post-secondary education
- Limited access to scholarships and/or financial aid if the student cannot demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
CIS & College Now classes are best for students who …
- Have strong content knowledge and skill in the area studied
- Demonstrate self-efficacy, independence, organization, problem-solving strategies, critical thinking, and independent learning strategies
- Are self-aware of personal learning habits and strategies
- Can advocate for themselves
- Access additional resources independently to enhance their own learning
- Practice effective studying techniques related to the course content
- Keep up with their coursework
Benefits of CIS & College Now
- Small class sizes
- Familiar instructors and classmates
- Extended contact time to cover course materials (the class meets beyond a 16 or 18 week semester)
- Students make progress toward high school graduation and post-secondary general education credits
- Classes taught by highly qualified instructor with a background in the content area and teaching