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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]

ASCENT Requests for Participation in 2018-19

ASCENT request process information will be available in January, 2018.

Webinar: 2018-19 ASCENT Program 

The Offices of Postsecondary Readiness, Data Services and the School Finance & Operations Division will host an ASCENT Program information and Q&A webinar on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm to prepare districts for the 2018-19 school year official slot request submission on May 1, 2018. Changes to the 2018-19 process, HB 17-1294 (ASCENT students and graduation rate) guidance, funding & documentation requirements, and Student October Count coding will be explained. 

  • Participate in the ASCENT webinar on 1/24/2018:​Click HERE and join by calling 800-832-0736 , Conference Room number 2921808 for audio access.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Anne Hunter 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 exams/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 local education providers (LEP) fairly in the case 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 spaces may be returned to the general pool and reallocated to LEPs, based on appeal

Practice Sharing from our Districts/Charter Schools

Some of our districts have graciously shared their Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT practices and materials. We encourage others to share best practices/materials. Please contact Mary Anne Hunter to post your material.

ASCENT websites:


Mary Anne Hunter 
Phone: 303-866-6596

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