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ASCENT Program

Program Description

Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) is a Concurrent Enrollment program which allows students to participate in college courses after their 12th grade year. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition up to 18 credits for Fall and Spring semesters, as well as associated fees.  Students are responsible for books, materials, transportation and living expenses.  Students should talk to their home high school counselor if interested in the ASCENT program.  Additionally, the following requirements must be met:

  • Being under the age of 21.

  • Being both academically and emotionally ready for college. 

  • Having a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  • Being  enrolled in a Jeffco school 11th and 12th grades as a full time student.

  • On track to meet all high school graduation requirements by the end of your senior year.

  • Completed, or be on track to complete, at least 9 credit hours of college coursework prior to the completion of your 12th grade year. Only AP/IB scores earned in 9th, 10th and 11th grade will be accepted.

  • Not be in need of basic skills/developmental education coursework (college courses that are lower than 100-level).

  • Meets any prerequisites for classes, if required

  • Has an updated Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).

  • Has applied and been accepted to one of our ASCENT partner colleges:

    • Arapahoe Community College

    • Community College of Denver

    • Front Range Community College

    • Metropolitan State University

    • Red Rocks Community College

  • Authorized the use of their College Opportunity Fund (COF).

  •  Have not participated in the ASCENT program in previous years.

ASCENT nominations are open September - February of the year prior to the student’s ASCENT year. Approved nominees will be given instructions on next steps to complete their ASCENT application, and must complete all steps prior to the deadline in order to remain eligible.  

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