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ASCENT & CE Programs Update
As a result of the passage of the Public School Finance bill (HB22-1390), significant changes were made to the ASCENT and Concurrent Enrollment programs.
Please review the language and consult with your district.
Update documents to reflect the changes.
Changes went into effect after June 30, 2022.
See changes below:
Removal of ASCENT slots - Any eligible student may participate in ASCENT
The cap of 500 ASCENT slots statewide is removed.
Therefore, there is no ASCENT allocation model.
Any eligible student may participate in the ASCENT program if they meet eligibility requirements.
ASCENT eligibility change - 9 postsecondary credit hours
The local education provider (LEP) may designate a qualified student as an ASCENT program participant.
The number of postsecondary credit hours required to be eligible to participate in the ASCENT program is now 9 (reduced from 12).
Local education providers (LEPs) will utilize the Student October Count file as the mechanism to submit funding for ASCENT students. (Watch technical assistance webinar.)
In addition, districts and charter schools will report to CDE the estimated number of ASCENT participants for the upcoming school year, and CDE will report the total estimated participants to the General Assembly as part of its budget request. (Learn more about the estimated number submission here.)
LEPs can no longer require repayment from students who do not complete concurrent enrollment courses or earn a failing grade
The language in 22-35-105(4)(a-c) detailing repayment is now removed.
This includes courses taken in concurrent enrollment, ASCENT, and TREP programs.
Information on CDE websites and documents will be updated as soon as possible.
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