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 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.
High school seniors must rank in the top 1/2 of their high school class 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, but are not limited to, ACT, PLAN, PSAT, CAT (California Achievement Test), ITED (Iowa Test of Educational Development), Terra Nova and Iowa Basic."
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.
- Complete the Anoka Technical College Online Application
- Complete Sections 1 and 2 of the Minnesota Department of Education PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form
- Submit official high school transcript(s) with cumulative GPA and class rank and any additional proof of eligibility (i.e. test scores)
- Take Accuplacer test if scores are needed for course prerequisites.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.