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ASCENT Request Submission

Final ASCENT Submissions for the 2017-18 School Year due May 1st, 2017

Local Education Providers (LEPs) have who submitted their initial requests by the Feb. 1st  deadline for ASCENT participants for the 2017-18 school year, have until May 1st to submit an official affidavit with final ASCENT participant numbers for the 2017/18 school year, along with a list of participating students. The May 1st submissions must be done through CDE's secure file transfer system.  After June 1st, local education providers will receive notification of the number of ASCENT slots that have been allocated to them.

IMPORTANT: Please do NOT submit your official affidavit and student list via email!


Some important things to keep in mind to determine the number of slots you request:


Who can request ASCENT slots?

  • Local Education Providers
    • Districts
    • BOCES
    • District Charter Schools*
    • Institute Charter Schools

*CDE, on behalf of the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board, recommends that if a school district is participating in ASCENT, a district charter school within that district should request ASCENT slots with their authorizing district.


Students eligible for the ASCENT program must:

  • Complete, or be on schedule to complete at least 12 credit hours (semester hours or equivalent) of transcripted postsecondary course work prior to the completion of his or her 12th grade year*;
  • Not be in need of basic skills coursework in their selected pathway;
  • Have been selected for participation in the ASCENT program by his or her high school principal or equivalent school administrator;
  • Have satisfied the minimum prerequisites for the course(s) before his or her enrollment in the course(s), and;
  • Have not participated in the ASCENT program in previous years

*Note: Does not include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Education Program (CLEP), prior learning, or experiential courses, unless these exams/experiences have been converted to transcripted credits on a college transcript.


ASCENT slots are not the same as headcount:

  • 1 ASCENT slot = 1 full-time OR 2 part-time students
    • Full-time = 12+ postsecondary credit hours in fall semester
    • Part-time = 3-11 postsecondary credit hours in fall semester
  • Example: 4 students interested in ASCENT
    • 2 full-time (= 2 slots)
    • 2 part-time (= 1 slot)
    • Request 3 ASCENT slots total
  • Home study students enrolled in ASCENT are only eligible for part-time funding


You are submitting your best estimate by Feb 1st and you have an opportunity to adjust:

  • After submitting this request, you have until May 1st to submit an official affidavit with your final ASCENT participation request.
  • At that time, you will also submit a list of specific students that will be utilizing the slots.
  • CDE will have a webinar before May 1st to provide additional information for submitting your final numbers, affidavit, and student information


Students should continue to pursue postsecondary opportunities:

  • Submitting request does NOT guarantee full funding of request
  • Helps to determine if ASCENT is best fit for student, both financially and in alignment with postsecondary goals


 Mary Anne Hunter at or 303-866-6596 

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