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Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning assessments can help determine whether your professional, military, or volunteer experiences can be applied toward your college credits. Each Minnesota State college and university has procedures for granting credit through standardized CLEP examinations, military training or service, Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate diplomas, and (in some cases) college course credit by examinations, individualized assessments, portfolio reviews, or competence demonstrations. Students who demonstrate college- or university-level learning gained through non-credit or experiential settings may be eligible to earn college credit (i.e., credit for military experience, credit for work history). Inquire with the college or university you are considering for more information.

Concurrent Enrollment*
Students can complete college courses at their high school while fulfilling high school course requirements at the same time. If you are interested in this option, speak to your high school guidance counselor.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)*
PSEO are college courses offered to high school students. The courses are taught by college or university faculty and allow students to earn both high school and college credit for successfully completing the course. Contact your local state college or university for eligibility requirements and information.

Technical Course Options**
Students in 10th grade may take one technical college-level course taught on a college campus. You must be enrolled in a public school and meet requirements for reading proficiency and other assessments related to the course in which you wish to enroll.

* To be eligible for PSEO or concurrent enrollment with a Minnesota State college or university, high school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or earn a score at or above the 70th percentile on a test such as the ACT or SAT. Seniors must be in the upper one-half of their class or earn a score at or above the 50th percentile on a test such as the ACT or SAT. Students who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible if they can meet other college readiness standards determined by the college or university. Students in 9th or 10th grade may also be eligible to take PSEO or concurrent enrollment courses if they rank in the upper one-tenth of their class or attain a score at or above the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, or if they have a favorable recommendation from designated high school officials. All high school students enrolling in PSEO or concurrent enrollment, regardless of grade level, must also meet all college course prerequisites.

** A student who first completed technical courses while in 10th grade and wishes to enroll in general education courses as an 11th or 12th grade student must take assessment tests and achieve the required scores prior to enrollment in additional PSEO courses.