PSEO Litigation Information

Keep up to date on what UNW is doing in regards to new legislation passed in May 2023

Dear PSEO Families,

We would like to share some positive news that we received last week related to our PSEO litigation.

The Minnesota Attorney General’s office, which is representing Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and its commissioner, Mr. Willie Jett, has agreed to a voluntary preliminary injunction through the completion of the entire litigation process. This means that the court is requiring a pause on the state’s implementation of the new PSEO eligibility law that was scheduled to take effect beginning July 1, 2023, and the University of Northwestern will remain eligible for on-campus PSEO throughout the litigation.

Consequently, our previously stated assurance to you that Northwestern would reimburse on-campus PSEO participants amidst the legislative uncertainty is no longer necessary and shifts to a guaranteed reimbursement from the state of Minnesota.

Looking to the future, Northwestern would like to provide the same assurance for admitted on-campus PSEO students, who may wish to enroll in our program for the spring 2024 semester and beyond, throughout the course of litigation. If you know of students who missed our May 1 deadline, please encourage them to apply for the spring 2024 term! The spring 2024 application will open on August 16, and it will remain open until the November 15 deadline.

While this recent development is good news, our legal counsel has advised us that the voluntary preliminary injunction has no impact on the greater overall suit that was filed in May.

Please continue to pray with us for all parties involved in this case.

Janet Sommers, Ph.D.
Provost/Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs
Erick Klein, M.B.A.
Vice President of Enrollment Management
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