ASCENT

  • Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT)

     

    ASCENT is a 5th year high school program allowing students to attend college full-time for free for one year after high school.  Students in the ASCENT program can attend a participating technical, community, or 4 year college following graduation from high school. 

  • What is ASCENT?

    OVERVIEW 

    ASCENT is a 5th year high school program allowing students to attend college full-time for free for one year after high school.  Students in the ASCENT program can attend a participating technical, community, or 4 year college following graduation from high school. 

    Passed into law in 2009, ASCENT increases the number of postsecondary degrees earned by Colorado students by expanding the pathways from high school to career & college. The program gives students a head start in earning a certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree...all while saving time and money.  

    The DPS ASCENT team provides participating students with critical wrap-around advising services to support the critical transition from high school to college.  

  • Eligibility

    Who is Eligible* for ASCENT?

    Students with at least 12 credit hours of college coursework by graduation may be eligible for the ASCENT program. 

    To be eligible for the program, a Year 12 senior must:

    • Submit a completed ASCENT application by the deadline
    • Meet all DPS high school graduation requirements by end of senior year
    • Complete and pass 12 credit hours of college coursework by the end of senior year (100-level or higher Concurrent Enrollment course w/a C or better and listed on a student’s high school and college transcripts; AP, CLEP, IB transcripted coursework may also count toward the 12 credits with specific exam scores)
    • Apply and be admitted to the college or university you will attend during your ASCENT year (list of partners below)
    • Must be college ready in English and Mathematics.  Click here to view a list of college ready measures by college.
    • Register with College Opportunity Fund (COF)
    • Apply for scholarships and financial aid (i.e. FAFSA)

    *It is important to note that ASCENT funding varies year to year and therefore ASCENT slots are not guaranteed even for students who meet all eligibility criteria. If the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available slots, a lottery system will be enacted to award ASCENT slots.  Due to this, it is imperative that each student develops an alternate financial aid plan in addition to ASCENT.

  • College Partners

    ASCENT Program College Partners

    Community Colleges
    · Arapahoe Community College (ACC)
    · Community College of Aurora (CCA)
    · Community College of Denver (CCD)
    · Front Range Community College (FRCC)
    · Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)

    Technical Colleges
    · Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC)
    · Pickens Technical College (PTC)

    University
    · Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) 

  • Important Dates

    Important Dates

     - November 1 2021: Application Opens

     - March 1, 2022: Application Deadline

     - April 6, 2022: Conditional Acceptance into ASCENT* based on meeting eligiblity requirements. 

    **It is important to note that conditional acceptance is not official acceptance into ASCENT. Conditional acceptance informs a student if s/he has met eligiblity requirements to join the program. The official acceptance occurs in May through July and is based on # of slots awarded from CDE and results from the ASCENT lottery.

     - May-July 2022: Official Acceptance into ASCENT* offered based on # of slots awarded by CDE and results from ASCENT lottery.

    All eligible students are placed in a lottery that randomly assigns each student a number beginning with 1. Students are offered a slot in ASCENT in order of assigned number and will be given 2 weeks to accept or decline their slot. If a student declines their spot, the next eligible student on the list is offered a slot. The process continues until all ASCENT slots have been filled.

     *acceptance is emailed to counselor/student

  • Application Process

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