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ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT. Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours of postsecondary course prior to completion of his/her 12th grade year may be eligible for the ASCENT Program. They remain students in their Local Education Provider (LEP) for one year following their 12th grade year, and the LEP receives ASCENT specific per-pupil state funding that it uses to pay their college tuition at the resident community college rate. Students receive their high-school diplomas at the end of their ASCENT year. [C.R.S. § 22-35-108]

Final ASCENT Submissions due May 1st

Local Education Providers who submitted their initial requests by the February 1st deadline for ASCENT participants for the 2015/16 school year, have until May 1st to submit an official affidavit with final ASCENT participant numbers for the 2015/16 school year, along with a list of participating students. Submissions must be done through CDE's secure file transfer system. After June 1, local education providers will receive notification of the number of ASCENT slots that have been allocated to them.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Camacho Liu at or 303-866-6596.

ASCENT Eligibility

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 courses/experiences have been converted to transcripted credits on a college transcript.

ASCENT Guidelines & Resources

ASCENT Allocation Model

The Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board developed a system to allocate ASCENT slots to districts fairly in the case that the number of qualified students exceeds the number of funded slots:

Currently participating districts will receive a minimum number of ASCENT slots equal to those utilized by students during the current school year

  • New districts 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 districts free and reduced lunch (FRL) rate as a proration
  • The other half of remaining slots will be proportionally distributed based on district size, to districts that did not receive spaces under the FRL distribution
  • Unused spaces may be returned to the general pool and reallocated to districts, based on appeal

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