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ASCENT Slot Request Process

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.


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).

Contact 

Mary Anne Hunter 
Phone: 303-866-6596
E-mail:Hunter_Mary@cde.state.co.us

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