Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program for high school seniors and juniors in some states, including Ohio. The options allow students to take courses at the college level for free and earn both high school and college credit. PSEO is often referred to as dual enrollment.
Why should a student pursue PSEO?
– A student does not find the high school environment a good fit – academically or socially
– A student seeks to have more control over their course offerings
– A student wishes to experience more independence prior to attending college as a freshman
– A student may save both time and money by going into college with advanced standing
– A student may have an advantage in the college application process as PSEO may be considered the most challenging coursework available
What are the potential pitfalls of taking PSEO?
– A student may take courses that do not transfer for full credit at the college where they ultimately enroll (an elective versus an academic requirement, for example) – there’s no way to know this in advance
– Some colleges don’t accept PSEO credits at all
– Some colleges don’t permit “double-dipping” – a PSEO course that is taken to fulfill a high school requirement may not be used for college credit
– Some colleges accept PSEO credits only for electives
– Most colleges limit the number of credits a student may bring in, whether those are credits from AP testing, summer college courses or PSEO courses
– Some high schools don’t allow PSEO courses to be counted in a weighted GPA, so these courses can negatively impact a student’s GPA, class rank and opportunity for both admission and scholarship decisions
As with all questions regarding college planning, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to the question, “Should my child pursue PSEO?” If you’re uncertain, seek answers from your guidance counselor, from a college admission office or from an independent educational consultant, like me!
For more information, see “Dual Enrollment – What Does the Research Say?” https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/IH/6904.pdf