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ASCENT Slot Request Process
NEW: 2022-23 ASCENT Slot Request Update
If your school district is planning to participate in the ASCENT program next year, please review the following materials with important updates:
2022-23 ASCENT Intent to Participate – Due May 2:
The ASCENT Intent to Participate online form is now closed.
2022-23 Request Unused ASCENT Slots - Due July 25
Please email Michelle Romero by July 25, 2022, if your district/charter school would like to request unused ASCENT slots that may be returned to the Department by other LEPs for the 2022-23 school year. Include your district/authorizer name, district/authorizer code # and number of additional slots your district/charter school can still use. If you request additional slots, please ensure that these slots will be used by eligible students during the 2022-23 school year.
2022-23 Return ASCENT Slots - Due August 1
Please email Michelle Romero as soon as possible or by August 1, 2022 if your district/charter school will not use and therefore is able to return any of your new 2021-22 allocated slots so that they can be reallocated to LEPs with students who want to participate in ASCENT. Releasing your unused slot(s) by August 2nd will allow your district/authorizer to avoid carrying forward this slot into 2023-24 and thus avoid carrying forward 2022-23 ASCENT funding into the 2023-24 school year.
2022-23 ASCENT Student Coding Webinar – TBA
CDE’s offices of School Auditing, October Student Count and Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness will host a training and Q&A webinar that covers the funding requirements and proper student coding for the 2022-23 ASCENT program. The webinar is scheduled on: TBA.
***Some important things to keep in mind to determine the number of slots you request**
Who can request ASCENT slots?
Local Education Providers
- 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.
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
Students should continue to pursue postsecondary opportunities:
Submitting request does NOT guarantee full funding of request; therefore, it is important to continue assisting students to determine if ASCENT is the best fit for student, both financially and in alignment with postsecondary goals. Potential ASCENT students should continue to:
- Research career and/or military opportunities
- Apply to relevant postsecondary institutions/programs
- Apply for eligible scholarships
- COMPLETE THE FAFSA!
2022-23 ASCENT Slot Requests Process
- CDE will not require districts to submit a list of eligible students. However, it is highly recommended that each district/school maintain its own list/documentation.
- August 1, 2022 is the deadline to notify CDE to decrease your new slot request.
ASCENT Allocation Model
The Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board developed a system to equitably allocate ASCENT slots to local education providers (LEP) in the event that the number of qualified students exceeds the number of funded slots:
Currently participating LEPs will receive a minimum number of ASCENT slots equal to those utilized by students during the current school year.
- New LEPs will receive up to 10 slots for the first year or the number requested if less than 10
- If additional spaces are available, half the remaining slots will be distributed via the LEPs free and reduced lunch (FRL) rate as a proration
- The other half of remaining slots will be proportionally distributed based on LEP size, to LEPs that did not receive spaces under the FRL distribution
- Unused slots may be returned to the general pool and reallocated to LEPs.