Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Welcome and thank you for showing interest in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program at Anoka Technical College!

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program is the program established by Minnesota State Statutes 124D.09 to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students." Through PSEO, 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students may earn both secondary and postsecondary credit for college or university courses completed on a college or university campus, at a high school, or at another location. Anoka Technical College gladly participates in the PSEO program and offers the following information to further explain this wonderful opportunity.

Feel free to contact Enrollment Services or 763-576-7710! 

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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 score of "meets or exceeds" 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.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: December 1


PSEO Student Eligibility Requirements


New legislation passed under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, allows eligible 10th-grade students to enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course. 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.” Students who meet this standard may be eligible to enroll in a CTE course, as identified by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) if they meet the specific course requirements and prerequisites of the CTE course. This option is open to Minnesota public school students only.

High School Sophomores: Must pass the 8th grade MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading at the composite proficiency level of "meets or exceeds" and meet the prerequisites of the CTE course they wish to enroll in.


High school juniors must rank in the top 1/3 of their high school class OR have a 3.0 cumulative GPA OR score above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test.

Juniors who do not meet admission requirements are eligible to take one career and technical course if the MCA Reading score has been met. Students also have the option to participate in a formal interview explaining why they are interested in the PSEO program and what they can contribute to it to be considered for admission to PSEO. 

Examples of nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests include the ACT, PLAN, PSAT, and SAT testing. 


High school seniors must rank in the top 1/2 of their high school class OR have a 2.5 cumulative GPA OR score above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test.

Seniors who do not meet admission requirements are eligible to take one career and technical course if the MCA Reading score has been met. Students also have the option to participate in a formal interview explaining why they are interested in the PSEO program and what they can contribute to it to be considered for admission to PSEO.

Examples of nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests include the ACT, PLAN, PSAT, and SAT testing.

Follow Steps to Become a PSEO Student

What is the Application Process?
NOTE: All application materials must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.

  1. Complete the Anoka Technical College Online Application
  2. Complete Sections 1 and 2 of the Minnesota Department of Education PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form
  3. Submit official high school transcript(s) with cumulative GPA and class rank and any additional proof of eligibility (i.e. test scores)
  4. Take Accuplacer test if scores are needed for course prerequisites.
  5. Attend PSEO orientation

Accuplacer Placement Testing

One way to ensure you are placed in the correct courses is to measure your current skill levels in reading, writing and math through the ACCUPLACER assessment test, also referred to as the placement test. This is not a measure of your potential but an assessment of college readiness. The ACCUPLACER Testing Center is located in the Student Success Center, Suite 190.


About the ACCUPLACER test At Anoka Tech

  • Available on a walk-in basis per the current Walk-In Test Schedule
  • Multiple-choice, untimed (generally takes 1.5 to 2 hours), not pass/fail
  • Calculators are not permitted, scratch paper and pencil provided
  • Results are immediate and help students select courses
  • Some courses require certain ACCUPLACER scores for registration.  Students should check course descriptions for pre-requisites. 

*Your Photo ID is required

Tuition, Books and Supplies

Tuition, books, and lab fees are paid for by the State of Minnesota’s Post Secondary Education Options Program. These expenses are covered as part of your high school education.

Text books are available to PSEO students from the Anoka Tech Bookstore at least one week prior to the start of classes. These books must be returned to the Bookstore at the end of the semester. 

If the borrowed materials are not returned, the student will be billed. All bills must be paid before transcripts will be released to other institutions. Alternatively, students may pay for books and keep them if they so choose.

Expectation of PSEO Students

Anoka Technical College is committed to the success of PSEO students and there are a number of services to support students in achieving academic success. Students are expected to:

  • Attend class regularly.
  • Only register for courses numbered 1000 and above.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA each term and a 67% completion rate in order to remain eligible for the program.
  • Keep in contact with the high school counselor to ensure high school graduation requirements are met.
  • Contact your Anoka Tech PSEO advisor, if any problems should arise regarding academic success.


Not Covered by PSEO

There are some courses that are not covered by the PSEO program at Anoka Technical College. Please follow the link to view those courses: Courses not covered by PSEO.

Summer courses are also not covered under the PSEO program. If students want to take courses during the summer, they must pay for it on their own.


Students or their parents are responsible for transportation to the post-secondary institution. Students may be able to ride a scheduled school bus for a fee. If the student's family qualifies, their parent or guardian may apply for reimbursement for transportation costs. Public school students can obtain their reimbursement form from the post-secondary institution.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if a PSEO student fails an Anoka Tech college class?


This is one of the risks a PSEO student takes in the program. If a class which is required for high school graduation is not passed, the students might not be able to graduate with his or her high school class. In addition, the student's permanent college transcript will record the failing grade. It is important for students to realize PSEO grades will permanently appear on the college transcript.


At what age is a PSEO student no longer eligible for PSEO?


Students are no longer eligible once they turn 21.


How often do students meet with a counselor?


You must meet with your high school counselor every semester to complete the PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form. You need to work closely with your high school counselor to ensure that the college courses you take will meet your high school graduation requirements.


Do PSEO students need to attend both semesters?


No. PSEO students can participate in PSEO for one semester or both fall and spring semesters. Semester courses conclude at the end of each semester and new classes can be taken during the next semester.


Where can PSEO student eat on campus?


The Cafeteria and the Fresh Stop Cafe are open to everyone. Students can pay with cash or credit. An ATM machine is located in the Cafeteria.


Where do PSEO students park?


PSEO students are allowed to park in any lot they choose. Parking permits are covered by student fees for which PSEO students are not responsible.

Required forms each semester

Each semester a student plans to continue in the PSEO program, he/she must submit a new PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form. This form is to be completed by the student, his/her guardian (if under 18), and the high school counselor. This form must be submitted to the Anoka Technical College counselor located in the Student Success Center before the student is allowed to register for the next semester.

Students must also meet with a high school counselor to fill out the Credit Balance SheetPDF. This form will be used during your advising session while at Anoka Tech.

Necessary GPA

Students participating in the program must maintain a cumulative gpa of 2.0 or better in order to remain in the program. Students who fail to meet the 2.0 cumulative gpa requirement must make arrangements to return to their high school to complete their education.

Email Account at Anoka Tech

All formal communication between Anoka Technical College and students will be via Anoka Technical College email accounts. It is vital that a student checks his/her Anoka Technical College email account no less than once a week.

Important information about registering for courses will be emailed to the student’s Anoka Technical College email account. Nothing will be mailed to the student’s home, nor will phone calls be made to a student’s home to inform him/her of important Anoka Technical College information.

Registration for Upcoming Semesters

Students can login to their eServices account to find out when their registration windows open.

Students are encouraged to start shopping for courses early and add courses of interest to their Wish List to more smoothly expedite the registration process.

An advising appointment needs to be made with the Counselor or an Enrollment & Success Coach. The counselor, Erica Stene, can be contacted at or at 763-576-4036. An Enrollment and Success Coach can be contacted at or at 763-576-7710. Students must submit the PSEO form and Credit Balance Sheet at their advising appointments. Without these forms, the student will not be allowed to register.

Transferring Courses to Other Institutions

Students are encouraged to use the Transferology website, which is an online tool that will help you view program requirements, course equivalencies, and see how courses you have taken or plan to take transfer to another college or university.

Students who plan to transfer Anoka Technical College courses to other institutions should consult with the transfer specialist at that school to determine transfer policies.

Anoka Tech Transcript Request Form

Buying and Returning Books

When buying books, students must present their printed class schedule and photo ID to the bookstore staff. Also, let the bookstore staff know you are a PSEO student.

Books must be returned to the bookstore. When returning books, students must present a photo ID. Students enrolled under the PSEO program must return books to the bookstore as soon as finals are completed.  If books are not returned, the student will be billed for the full amount of the book.

College Credit at the High School

The high school determines the amount of credit to be awarded. However, no more than 4 semester credits can be required to equal one year of high school credit in each subject.

Restricted Courses

PSEO students are prohibited from enrolling in developmental courses (listed below 1000 level). If a student wishes to take developmental courses, he/she is allowed to, but the cost is the student’s responsibility.

Changing Class Schedules during the Semester

A PSEO student cannot drop, add, or withdraw from a class without consultation with the Anoka Technical College counselor and his/her high school counselor. Students who decide to drop, add or withdraw from class MUST come in and follow the correct procedure for dropping, adding or withdrawing from classes. There is more to the above procedures than simply attending or not attending classes. A student who chooses to no longer attend a class, but does not correctly withdraw from the class, will earn a failing grade. Again, it is necessary to see the Anoka Technical College counselor in order to begin this process.

Schedule Changes

If students withdraw from a course, they must let the post-secondary institution and the high school know immediately. PSEO students should expect to be subject to the same procedures and/or penalties as any other high school student when withdrawing from or failing a course.

Summer Session

The PSEO program is only in place for fall and spring semesters. Students who wish to take courses during the summer must pay for courses on their own.


Students are responsible for informing their high schools of each semester’s grades.

Students are responsible for sending a transcript to any non-MnSCU post-secondary institutions that they will be attending. Visit Records & Registration on the Web to request an official transcript. 

PSEO students that are graduating from high school and plan to attend Anoka Technical College after graduation must follow the steps listed below in order to continue on: 

  1. Resubmit the online college application as an undergraduate student 
  2. Send the admissions department your final high school transcript
  3. Attend an optional orientation to learn more about the Financial Aid process or visit the Financial Aid page

Helpful Links


College Operator

Enrollment Services

MN Dept of Education - PSEO 
Sally Wherry: 651-582-8768


Application Deadlines
Fall Semester: July 15
Spring Semester: December 1