What is the ASCENT Program? A TUITION FREE year of college after high school here at FRCC!

ASCENT, or Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT, is fifth-year high school program where eligible students who have successfully completed at least 12 college credits prior to high school graduation can receive another year of college here at FRCC tuition free. While tuition is covered by the school district, students are responsible for the cost of textbooks and fees.

A student is eligible for ASCENT if the student:

  • 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 they enroll.
  • 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 their 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).

*Does not include 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.  See ASCENT Q&A for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

  • Home study students enrolled in ASCENT are only eligible for part-time funding.
  • Schools may determine additional standards for eligibility/readiness (e.g. appropriate GPA, meeting high school graduation requirements, etc.) for students enrolled or intending to enroll in the ASCENT program.
  • Students may only enroll in Guarantee Transfer credit courses, a state approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) postsecondary program, or a specific postsecondary degree program pathway including coursework related to apprenticeship programs and internship programs, unless parent and student sign a form indicating “credits may not transfer.” The ASCENT pathway (AAS, AS, AA, etc.) must be clearly spelled out which would include an explanation of “credits may not transfer.”

Additional Thompson School District Information

Additional Poudre School District Information

ASCENT Community Support Sessions and office hours now available!

Fall Session: September 22nd, 2021 4pm-6pm

Ascent Office Hours: Wednesdays from 12pm to 4pm (please feel free to come by our office, MA400 located in Mount Antero anytime)