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!
2018-19 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.
- November 12, 2018 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, (contact Mary Anne Hunter for explanation of this process).
Mary Anne Hunter