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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Post-secondary Enrollment Options Program? The Post-secondary Enrollment Options program (PSEO) was established by the Ohio Legislature in 1989 to permit high school students from public or private high schools (chartered or non-chartered) in grades nine through twelve to earn college credit while in high school through the successful completion of college courses.

  2. What enrollment options do I have under PSEO to take MTC classes while still in high school?   There are two options under the program: Option A (or Concurrent Enrollment at MTC) allows qualified students to enroll in college courses any term, typically for college credit only, and students must pay the cost of tuition, fees and required textbooks. Option B allows qualified students to enroll in college courses only during the school year. Students receive dual credit (high school and college) and the costs are paid for at public expense.  Note: Students from private high schools must meet additional State requirements in order to enroll in Option B. Please review the Early College Application Packet for all details about admission steps.

  3. Who is eligible for this program?  All qualified public high school students are eligible to participate on a full-time or part-time basis. Students with a high school diploma or GED are not eligible. Nonpublic high school students are eligible if the students and their high school have met certain requirements from the Ohio Department of Education. Call the Ohio Department of Education for details or your private high school guidance counselor.

  4. How many courses may I take?  Students may choose to enroll in one or more classes.  At MTC the average PSEO student enrolls in slightly more than 6 credits (one or two courses per term).

  5. Where are the courses held?  Marion Technical College courses are held on the Marion Campus and offsite locations at selected high schools where a limited number of courses are offered. Some courses may include distance learning (via the internet).

  6. Are the courses taken at MTC transferable?  MTC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and part of the public “University System of Ohio”. Successfully completed courses are transferable to Ohio public and independent colleges and universities as well as most out-of-state schools. The applicability of completed coursework taken for a particular major, however, will be determined by the institution to which you transfer. MTC has over 40 courses approved in Ohio’s transfer module and Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) systems, and these approved courses are guaranteed to transfer and apply to Ohio public colleges and universities.

  7. Can I take summer classes in the PSEO program?  Yes, students enrolled in Option A (Concurrent Enrollment).  All courses taken in the summer are the financial responsibility of the student and/or parent.Current high schools may be eligible to receive a “one-time” Concurrent Scholarship of $150 to help cover the cost of attendance.

  8. Can I enroll in evening courses?  Yes. PSEO students may take evening courses, weekend courses, and even courses offered “online”.  MTC online courses should be considered only as a last resort. These courses generally require an experienced student with good time management skills.

  9. What happens if I fail a class?  Students who fail or withdraw from a course funded under PSEO Option B may likely be responsible for the cost of attendance. School districts have the right, through formal board action, to permit cost of the post-secondary education to default to the student /parent if a student participating in PSEO fails to complete a course for reasons other than those generally accepted by the school district.

  10. How will transportation be handled?  Be sure to make arrangements to get to classes on time. Transportation is solely the responsibility of the student and his/her family.

  11. Who pays for PSEO courses?  For courses taken under Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (Option A), all cost of education is the responsibility of the student/parent. For students participating in (Option B), the cost of tuition, fees, and necessary books and materials will be paid for you by your school district. Students will be required to pay for a parking permit. Special equipment for courses, such as calculators, art supplies, eye safety equipment, and microcomputers are a few of the items that may need to be purchased.

  12. Can home-schooled students participate in the PSO program? Home-schooled students cannot participate in the PSEO program. However, the home-schooled student may do one of the following to become eligible to enroll in college courses:

  1. See if the local high school has a policy for part-time student participation.
  2. Enroll at the local public/nonpublic high school as a full-time student and be governed by the school district’s policies and procedures for PSEO.
  3. Investigate MTC’s Concurrent Enrollment Program.

  4. What's the difference between high school and college?  First and foremost, the level of course difficulty is very different between college and high school academic work. Students may not spend as much time in the college classroom as in high school, but the work may be more demanding, with more homework, reading and independent work. College requires self-discipline and self-motivation. For every hour that you spend in the classroom, you should expect to spend two hours on outside work.

  5. Is there a difference between the courses held on MTC’s campus and MTC courses taught at the high school?  The only differences are the location and the calendar they follow. MTC courses taught at the high school follow the high school calendar. MTC courses taught on the Marion Campus follow the College’s term calendar.

  6. What courses should I take?  Courses should be chosen that will further your educational and career objectives.  It is not unusual for high school students to change or be unsettled in their educational or career objectives. Because of this there is wisdom in taking a wide variety of classes that will meet the general education requirements at most colleges or universities or to explore a particular career field. Most entry level courses in MTC’s course catalog are open to PSEO enrollment.

  7. If I take part or all of my courses at MTC, am I eligible to participate in high school extracurricular activities?  Yes. Students participating in the program remain high school students. They are entitled to participate in appropriate school district activities so long as they meet the criteria established by district policy or administrative procedures.

  8. Will the courses taken at MTC will be included in my high school grade point average?  Your school or school board will determine whether, and the manner in which, grades will be included in their students' grade point averages.

  9. If I fail a class at the college, who pays for the class?  Students who fail or withdraw from a college course may be required by their high school to pay for the course.  You should contact your high school counselor about your district’s policy.

  10. What resources are available to me if I am having difficulty with a class?  First, talk with your instructor. Your instructor may be able to offer the insight or help you need to be successful. Second, take advantage of the free tutoring that is offered in MTC’s Student Resource Center. Talk with your MTC counselor or advisor. He or she will be able to help you explore all the different options and alternatives available to you.


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