PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options)

PSEO is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. With traditional PSEO, these courses are generally offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Postsecondary institutions are not allowed to charge PSEO students for tuition, textbooks or support services. Students may be charged for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed. Most PSEO courses are only open to high school students during their 11th- and 12th-grade year, with each participating college and university setting their own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses and programs. Students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis. Students must meet the PSEO eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits.

Interested and eligible 11th- and 12th-grade students should contact the postsecondary institution to find out their eligibility requirements, which courses are offered and what the application process is at that institution. Access the list of Participating Postsecondary Institutions ( for a list of schools and their contact information. Interested and eligible public 10th-grade students should contact the postsecondary institution to find out which Career and Technical (CTE) courses are offered and what the application process is at that institution.

To assist the district in planning, students are required to meet with their high school counselor to discuss their intent to enroll in PSEO courses no later than May 30th of the previous year. Students should seek guidance from their high school counselor to determine if PSEO is the right fit for them and their academic plan. Counselors are not available during the summer to discuss course enrollment for PSEO.

What do You Need to Consider?

This is not an opportunity to try out college, this is college.  The student will be expected to be a responsible, self-starting, independent learner.  Once you register for courses you have started a college transcript. How well you meet the challenges of college-level work will appear on your transcript, including dropping out of or failing a course.  Attending college is an important life decision; consider it carefully. Although some of the colleges restrict the number and kinds of courses PSEO students may take, in class you will be treated as any other college student. You will have full responsibility for managing your time. You will have to study more outside of class with fewer instructions on how and what to study. You will be expected to meet deadlines without being reminded. You will have to take the initiative to seek help when you need it. You will be competing for grades with students who have completed high school and who are older than you. Are you ready for this challenge?

Once you decide you want to participate, plan to attend a PSEO meeting that is held in early April. You will receive PSEO forms and other information at the meeting. It will be necessary to have your parent or guardian sign the PSEO form before returning it to the high school office. PSEO forms are also available at the college, or online.


The costs of tuition, books and lab fees will be covered by the school district as part of your high school education. You will be responsible for paying for consumable tools and equipment. The books are to be checked out from the Menahga High School library. If the book you need is not available in the library, see Mr. Frank for purchase.  Books must be returned to MHS unless you decide to purchase them.


Grades are usually sent directly to the high school from the college after the completion of the course. However, students are ultimately responsible for making sure the high school receives the grades. All grades must be reported. The grades reported by the college are the grades placed on the student’s high school transcript. Grades are not weighted and no adjustments will be made to the grade (e.g., A = A). Each college credit is equal to .333 high school credit. (e.g. 3 credits at the college are equal to 1 credits at the high school; 3 x .333 = 1).

Work with MHS

The student will be responsible for meeting the graduation requirements of MHS. Working with MHS ensures that the college courses you take will meet the high school requirements. The high school grants the number of credits that you will receive for courses taken on PSEO. Therefore, it is critical that you and MHS discuss the credits needed. Check each semester to determine your continued credit needs. Appointments are necessary, please plan ahead. Please call the High School office to make an appointment. Students must provide MHS with a copy of their college schedule each semester.

Am I eligible?

Colleges have different PSEO admission requirements and admission deadlines. In addition to meeting GPA or class rank requirements, students also must take the Accuplacer assessment test or use qualifying ACT/MCA scores for final determination of PSEO eligibility and course placement. Be sure to check with your college for admission deadlines.

Menahga High School PSEO Checklist

  • Talk to your parents about PSEO
  • Check to see if you meet the college’s GPA requirements to take PSEO classes
  • Research PSEO program and attend informational sessions if offered.
  • Check application deadlines for your college
  • Check with the district to ensure they have a PSEO agreement with them.
  • Apply to the college you want to attend
    • Go to the college’s website and apply online
    • Be sure to indicate that you will be a PSEO/concurrent enrollment student
  • AFTER you have applied, fill out PSEO state paperwork and return it to the office
  • Sign and submit the MHS Understanding of Agreement
  • Attended the mandatory PSEO meeting (the office will mail your paperwork and transcript to the college AFTER you have attended the meeting and turned in your Agreement)
  • Once you have been accepted to college, you will receive instructions from the college on how to take the Accuplacer exam
  • Take the Accuplacer exam and plan to register for classes. Communicate with your college for instructions on how to register for classes.
  • Menahga High School must be notified of a student’s PSEO intent by May 30 of the calendar year.
  • Provide MHS a copy of your registered/scheduled courses to the counselor before the start of the college semester. 

Menahga High School Agreement of Understanding

Success in college will depend on how well students adjust to college-level classes and accept responsibility for the classes. This document outlines our expectations for students. Read each point carefully so you understand the responsibilities of a PSEO student.


  • Remember PSEO is not “trying out college” . . . it IS a college. PSEO grades WILL factor into your permanent high school AND college records (transcripts, GPA, rank, etc.).
  • PSEO is intended for motivated, independent, responsible students who can advocate for their academic needs in the collegiate setting. 
  • PSEO students must regularly check their MHS email to ensure that they do not miss important communication.
  • It is the students’ responsibility to meet with MHS before the beginning of each semester to approve course selection and to ensure graduation requirements have been met before registering for classes.
  • Work with your college advisor and MHS to ensure that you are taking the classes you need for graduation.
  • Students MUST immediately notify MHS before any classes are added or dropped.
  • Students who do not attend a class during the first week may be automatically dropped from that class by the college.  Be aware of dates and attend/log in to classes regularly.
  • Textbooks must be checked out from the Menahga High School library. If needed books are not available, see MHS about ordering books.
  • All textbooks must be returned to MHS at the end of the semester. Students will be charged for books that are not returned.
  • Due to FERPA laws (, colleges will NOT share information with parents/guardians or high schools. This information includes enrollment, attendance, current grades or any information about the students’ records. Therefore, it is solely the students’ responsibility to communicate this information to parents/guardians and MHS. 
  • Students must provide MHS with a copy of their College schedule each semester.
  • Students may not change their College schedule without consulting with MHS first.
  • Students may have to travel to their college campus to take Accuplacer exams.  M State no longer has an agreement with MHS that allows us to give Accuplacer exams for them.
  • M State students who take a class that requires that exams be proctored must utilize proctoring services at M State. Students who have an online class during the day at MHS may ask their online lab supervisor to proctor exams. Proctoring must be planned well in advance. Permission from the proctor must be received BEFORE proctoring is set up. 
  • Students must provide MHS with a copy of their College grades each semester.
  • Students who receive a FN/W/FW a college class will receive an “F” for that class on their high school transcript unless permission is granted by MHS.
  • Be aware that college and high school calendars are different. College may be in session on days when high school is not. High school activities may not excuse you from college requirements. Work with your instructor on concerns regarding attendance.
  • Credits earned from PSEO institutions may or MAY NOT transfer to every college; therefore, it is the students’ responsibility to research transferability. 
  • College students must meet satisfactory program requirements every semester. This means maintaining GPA requirements and percentage completion requirements to continue college enrollment.


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