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PSEO FAQ

What is PSEO?

Post-secondary Education Options is an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in college or university courses that earn credits simultaneously for both their high school diploma and their college degree. The Minnesota Department of Education pays the post-secondary institutions for students that participate in PSEO, so the out-of-pocket cost to families for college credit through PSEO is $0.

Who is eligible for PSEO?

PSEO is available for Junior and Senior students who are Minnesota residents. Each school has their own eligibility requirements for admission.
Sophomore students can enroll in one Career and Technical Education course, however, Cotter highly encourages students to wait until Junior year.  Any Sophomores interested in taking a PSEO class will have to get the permission of the Principal.

Students are responsible for keeping Cotter informed of their PSEO classes.  If a student fails to inform Cotter about a dropped class or failing grade, they risk losing their PSEO eligibility in the future.  Students also risk eligibility if they receive a grade lower than a C in any PSEO class.

What types of courses can a PSEO student take?

Cotter students are required to take English, Religion, Social Studies, and at least 3 credits of Science and Math at Cotter. Students can take any electives as PSEO classes, as long as they can work them into their Cotter schedule. 

How many PSEO classes can I take?

Cotter students cannot take more than the equivalent of 4 Cotter credits per semester. Typically, one college credit is equal to .25 credits at Cotter. A typical 3 credit class at a college will transfer to .75 credits at Cotter. The student's Cotter schedule, and the number of credits each college class is worth will determine how many PSEO classes a student is able to take each semester. Generally speaking, for every PSEO class, at least one academic resource hour will be added to the Cotter schedule. 

When can I take my PSEO classes?

The challenge to creating a PSEO schedule is making it work with your Cotter schedule. PSEO schedules usually work best when the classes are at the beginning or end of the day. Sometimes students can make a class work in the middle of the day if they have an academic resource hour or two connected to lunch. Students need to be sure that their PSEO schedule will not coincide with any of their Cotter classes. This also becomes a bit tricky when we are on the A and B day schedules, so it takes a bit of work to find a class schedule that works successfully. 

What steps are needed to take PSEO classes?

The process should start by meeting with Mr. Stevenson or Mrs. Klick to discuss PSEO options.  The following steps will then need to be taken:

Step 1: Application

Students will need to apply to the school that they wish to attend for PSEO classes. Each school has a different admissions process for PSEO students, and different eligibility requirements for admission. While students can attend an array of MN colleges, most Cotter students take classes at one of the three Winona colleges. Please review each College website to learn more about their specific requirements for PSEO students:

Step 2: Fill out the notice of registration form

Students will also complete a PSEO Notice of Student Registration form for the State, which they can get from Mr. Stevenson or Mrs. Klick.  Students should complete the first section of the form and return it to Mr. Stevenson or Mrs. Klick.  S/he will then complete the second section and send the form and your transcript to the College.  The College will then complete their section and return it to the State.

Step 3: Meet with your advisor

Students will meet with an advisor at the College to schedule classes.  Once they are scheduled, students will need to provide all of the details to Mr. Stevenson or Mrs. Klick, including the course name, description, and meeting times.  These details should be provided before the school year ends.

Step 4: Request a transcript

Students will need to request that their transcript be sent to Cotter after each semester, so that Cotter can confirm the successful completion of the course and add it to your Cotter transcript.

Step 5: Update your forms every semester

Each semester the student needs to complete a new PSEO Notice of Student Registration form and return it to Mr. Stevenson or Mrs. Klick, so that s/he can return it and an updated transcript to the school.

Will my PSEO coursework transfer to other colleges and universities?

As a PSEO student your classes will be added to your high school transcript, but you will also have a transcript at the college you attend. While many colleges will accept general education credits, each college handles transfer credits differently, and it is up to the receiving school to determine how coursework counts toward completion of the student’s undergraduate degree. Many colleges use a transfer credit service called Transferology. If a school uses this service, you will be able to see if they have received transfer credits from the school you are attending, and for which classes they have awarded credit. If you are looking at attending a school that does not use Transferology, speak to the admissions counselor about how they handle transfer credits.

How much does PSEO cost? 

Under the PSEO program, tuition, fees and books are paid for, as well as many supplies specifically required for a class, such as art supplies and film.  The program does not cover general school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, pencils, and calculators.

 

What steps are needed to take PSEO classes?

The process should start by meeting with Mr. Stevenson or Mrs. Klick to discuss PSEO options.  The following steps will then need to be taken:

Will my PSEO coursework transfer to other colleges and universities?

As a PSEO student your classes will be added to your high school transcript, but you will also have a transcript at the college you attend. While many colleges will accept general education credits, each college handles transfer credits differently, and it is up to the receiving school to determine how coursework counts toward completion of the student’s undergraduate degree. Many colleges use a transfer credit service called Transferology. If a school uses this service, you will be able to see if they have received transfer credits from the school you are attending, and for which classes they have awarded credit. If you are looking at attending a school that does not use Transferology, speak to the admissions counselor about how they handle transfer credits.

How much does PSEO cost? 

Under the PSEO program, tuition, fees and books are paid for, as well as many supplies specifically required for a class, such as art supplies and film.  The program does not cover general school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, pencils, and calculators.