Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) Resources

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]

Concurrent Enrollment Resources 

Concurrent Enrollment is defined as the simultaneous enrollment of a qualified student in a local education provider and in one or more postsecondary courses, including academic or career and technical education courses, which may include course work related to apprenticeship programs or internship programs, at an institution of higher education.  Passed by the Colorado Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2019, SB 19-176 introduced updates to programs which utilize the Concurrent Enrollment Act in Colorado as a program foundation. Key updates from the bill include:

  • Beginning in 2020-21, Concurrent Enrollment must be offered at no tuition cost to qualified students – Local Education Providers (LEPs) will continue to pay up to only the tuition rate set by the state board for community colleges and occupational education (unless the LEP is located outside the boundaries of all community college service areas)
  • Students who complete a Concurrent Enrollment course must receive credit that applies to high school graduation requirements
  • Courses must apply to developmental education or a postsecondary degree, certificate, or gateway course, or is transferable among state institutions of higher education
  • Clarifies that concurrent enrollment does not include:
    • Simultaneous enrollment in a high school course and Advanced Placement course, International Baccalaureate course; or
    • A postsecondary course that does not fall under the definition of concurrent enrollment (i.e. college level courses offered outside of the Concurrent Enrollment Act).
    • It also does not include simultaneous enrollment in a postsecondary course and an early college or p-tech school/program.


Michael McManus
Career Pathways &School Programs Coordinator

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