Postsecondary Enrollment

The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act was enacted in 1987 to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wider variety of options to high school students (Chapter 261C, Iowa Code).

This act allows high school students the opportunity to enroll part-time at Clinton, Muscatine, or Scott Community College. All three colleges are eligible institutions and encourage high school students to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in college courses.

Q: Who is eligible?
A: Students attending public or accredited nonpublic high schools who are in the 11th or 12th grade are eligible to participate. Also 9th and 10th grade students who have been identified as gifted and talented are eligible to participate.

Your district must certify your eligibility to the postsecondary institution.

Q: What classes can I take?
A: Students may enroll in a course only if a "comparable"
course is not available at their high school. A "comparable" course is one that is offered by:

  • The school district you attend,
  • The accredited nonpublic school you attend, or
  • The school district in which the accredited nonpublic school you attend is located.

Students may enroll in credit-bearing courses that lead to a degree. Courses must not be confined to or affiliated with any specific religion.

Students may enroll in one or more courses but must remain part-time students. Part-time enrollment is 11 credits or less during the fall and spring semesters. (Students planning to enroll for seven credits or more must complete the Admission Requirements.)

Q: What are the costs?
A: There is no charge to students for tuition, textbooks,
materials or fees. For public school students, the student's high school pays those costs. For nonpublic school students, the school district in which the nonpublic school is located pays those costs.

However, students may be required to purchase equipment or supplies that become the property of the student. Students should discuss this with their high school counselor.

Students who withdraw or drop a course, or fail a course, are then responsible to the local school district for the course.

Even when dropping a course, a portion of the cost of the course may be owed depending on what date the course was dropped. Transportation to and from the college is the responsibility of the students and their parents or guardians.

Q: What about transfer of credits?
A: Courses must be taken for credit. (The course may not be audited.) The local school district will determine the number of high school credits to be granted for successful completion of the course. The credit given may count toward applicable graduation requirements of the local school district, and postsecondary credits will be included on the students' high school transcripts.

Q: What about summer enrollment?
A: You may take up to seven semester hours of credit if you have completed the 11th grade but have not yet completed the requirements for graduation. You will pay the cost of attendance for earned summer credit hours.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Your high school counselor has the information about the program. You must inform your high school counselor of your intent to participate in the program during the coming school year. After that time, should you change your mind about participating, inform your high school counselor immediately.

See your high school counselor to discuss the postsecondary courses you intend to take and how they fit into the high school requirements.

Complete and sign the appropriate forms. If you are under 18 years of age, your parents' or guardians' signatures are required before you can enroll in any postsecondary course.

Meet with a representative of the admissions staff at Clinton, Muscatine, or Scott Community Colleges. Additional forms and information may be required by the college to determine whether or not you are accepted.

Deciding whether to apply for enrollment in postsecondary courses at Clinton, Muscatine, or Scott Community College is an important decision. Start by planning early.