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ASCENT

Overview

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]


Congratulations to the students participating in ASCENT in 2014/15!

Many thanks to districts and schools that submitted their requests for students to participate in the ASCENT program this school year! We hope this year brings great opporutnities and success for your students as they take this next step on their postsecondary journey.

  • If your district or school has students that are no longer able to participate in ASCENT in 2014/15 , please contact Michelle Liu as soon as possible at liu_m@cde.state.co.us.

Requests for ASCENT Participation 2015/16

Districts now have until February 1, 2015 to submit a request for the number of ASCENT participants for the 2015/16 school year. This is a change from the September 1 deadline, which was updated during a past legislative session. Districts will then have until May 1 to submit an official affidavit with final ASCENT participant numbers for the 2015/16 school year, along with a list of participating students. After June 1, districts will receive notification of the number of ASCENT slots that have been allocated to their district.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Camacho Liu at liu_m@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6596.


ASCENT Allocation Model

New 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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