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320.843.2710   ext.2120

Jason Strand

6-12  School Counselor

You have arrived at the Counselor's Corner. My name is Mr. Strand and I'm the School Counselor at Benson High School.

The BHS Centennial of Education Scholarship packets will be available online the first part of February.

Juniors planning to attend a 4-year university after graduation will need to take the ACT test.     

Students will register online at 

See Mr. Strand if you have questions.


Benson High School Code: 240-220

Students need to sign up online to take the ACT test. It's recommended that Juniors take the test in either April or June. Students taking the ACT for the first time should sign up for the ACT plus Writing.

ACT Test Dates

ACT Resources


Apply for Financial Aid-FAFSA


BHS Centennial of Education Scholarships

The 2024 BHS Centennial of Education Scholarship Application Packet is available for you here.  Most applications are provided in both Word and PDF formats. 
It will be your opportunity and responsibility to complete these applications and turn them in to the High School Counselor's office.  

Deadline to apply:  Monday, March 11, 2024 by 3:30 p.m. 
We encourage every senior who plans to attend college
next fall (full-time) to apply. 

Good luck during this selection process.

Benjamin Mast Memorial Scholarship

Carl Hoffman Memorial Scholarships

CO-OP Credit Union Scholarship

Coreyell-Walls Scholarship

Daniel Hughes Memorial Scholarship

Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship

Joel Hoium Memorial Scholarship

Tom Petersen Memorial Scholarship

Ray Millett Memorial Scholarship

VFW Scholarship

Swift County Corn & Soybean Growers Association

Megan Pothen Graham Scholarship

Mary Lou Abner Terwilligner Memorial Scholarship


Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO on a term by term basis.

By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.

Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.

Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.

School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.

Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.

All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.

Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.

Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.

MNCIS-MN Career Information System

See Mr. Strand for the password & login information

BHS 2023-24 Registration Guide

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