ASCENT Program

1ASCENT allows students who meet the specifications to take a full year of tuition-free college credit the year following their senior high school year.



  • Has completed, or is on schedule to complete, at least 12 credit hours (semester hours or equivalent) of transcripted, credit-bearing, college-level postsecondary coursework* prior to completing his/her 12th grade year. Remedial/developmental education college courses do not qualify as part of the 12 required credits.
  • Is college ready, and not in need of basic skills coursework in accordance with the pathway in which he/she enrolls.
  • Completes an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) prior to declaring intent to participate in ASCENT.
  • Applies to and is accepted into a postsecondary degree program at a qualified Colorado institution of higher education.
  • Has been selected for participation by his/her high school principal or equivalent school administrator.
  • Has not been designated an ASCENT program participant in any prior year (can only participate in ASCENT for 1 academic year).

Find more about the ASCENT program here.