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Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO)

The Post-Secondary Education Option program (PSEO) allows Ohio high school students to earn college credit and/or high school graduation credit through the successful completion of college courses. The PSEO is open to ninth through twelfth grade students enrolled in the state's public, community and nonpublic high schools. The purpose of the program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and expose students to options beyond the high school classroom. Ohio lawmakers originally enacted the PSEO in 1989 for eleventh and twelfth grade students; it was expanded in 1997 to include students in ninth and tenth grades. In 1999, additional legislation restricted eligibility to students carrying at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the subject they wish to pursue at the postsecondary level. Public and nonpublic high school students may enroll in nonsectarian, college-level courses and receive college credit and/or credit toward graduation from high school.

The purpose of the PSEO program is to provide supplemental educational opportunities to intellectually and socially mature students. The program is intended to compliment, rather than replace, the high school preparatory curriculum.

Students may be eligible for the following "Option A" or "Option B" enrollment:

  • "Option A" students plan to take college courses for college credit only. "Option A" students are eligible for a tuition reduction scholarship for $54.75 per credit up to seven credits for their pre-career at Hocking College; students are responsible for course fees, books, and outside expenses i.e. parking passes. After the student reaches their seven-credit allotment, students will pay the current tuition rate at the time of registration plus course fees, books, and outside expenses. "Option A" students have the opportunity to transfer their credits back to their high school for credit; see your PSEO advisor for more information.
  • "Option B" students plan to take college courses for high school and college credit. Students must have a 3.0 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale prior to beginning classes; and have the permission of their high school to participate in the PSEO program at Hocking College.
  • The home high school pays for the tuition, course fees, and books for Autumn and Spring terms of attendance. Any course fees that exceed $100 will have to be cleared through the high school before registration. Students are responsible for additional expenses, such as parking passes.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA while attending Hocking College to remain in the "Option B" program; failure to do so will result in a switch to "Option A" or dismissal from the program. If a student fails a course(s) it is the responsibility of the student to refund the expenses related to course(s) to their high school.

If you would like more information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Ohio Department of Education School Options.

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