Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for: Concurrent Enrollment Program

  1. What is the Concurrent Enrollment Program?
  2. What are the requirements to participate?
  3. Is Concurrent Enrollment right for me?
  4. Can I participate in sports and activities at the high school?
  5. Is Concurrent Enrollment different than AP courses?
  6. How do I participate in the program?
  7. Do I have to apply to the college?
  8. Is there a deadline to participate?
  9. Can I declare a degree?
  10. Can I apply for Financial Aid (FASFA)?
  11. How does FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) apply to students enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment program?
  12. What types of courses can I take?
  13. Who can I see for assistance in choosing classes?
  14. What are State Guaranteed Transfer courses?
  15. Will my schedule be the same at Aims as it is at my high school?
  16. How many classes/credits can I take?
  17. Can I take classes in summer?
  18. How do I get to class?
  19. What kind of grades do I have to maintain?
  20. Do classes transfer to other colleges?
  21. Can International Students Participate in Concurrent Enrollment?

What is the Concurrent Enrollment Program?

Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act (CEPA) is a state law (HB09-1319; SB 09-285; HB 12-1043) that allows high school students to simultaneously earn both high school and college credit. It includes Concurrent Enrollment, ASCENT and Dual Enrollment.

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What are the requirements to participate?

  1. Student must be between 9th and 12th grades and under age 21
  2. Each student must have an academic plan of study approved by their high school counselor
  3. Students in 12th grade can enroll in basic skills courses such as remedial math, English, and reading
  4. Permission to participate must be received from the high school or school district


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Is Concurrent Enrollment right for me?

Concurrent Enrollment is the opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate education opportunities. Students who successfully complete college courses will save time and money toward their college degree. Students interested in participating should speak with their high school counselor or district office prior to enrolling in the program and courses. Student must understand that the amount of work necessary to succeed may be much greater than in high school courses. Concurrent Enrollment courses become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript.

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Can I participate in sports and activities at the high school?

Yes; participation is in accordance to your high school’s guidelines, including sports and extra-curricular activities. Students participating in Concurrent Enrollment are not NCAA eligible.

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Is Concurrent Enrollment different than AP courses?

Both courses are taught at the college level, but by participating in a dual credit class you get college credit immediately upon successful completion of the course. In an AP course, you must pass the AP end-of-course exam to be eligible to apply for college credit once you graduate from high school. The bottom line is you don't have to wait to be awarded college credit. Usually, a student who took an AP course while in high school and passed the AP end-of-course exam must "petition" the college after attending one semester to accept the AP course as college credit. In most cases, if the student’s exam score is high enough, the college will accept it for college credit. Another difference is that Concurrent Enrollment courses are taught by faculty who hold at least a master's degree with a minimum of 18 graduate-level hours in the subject he/she teaches. High school AP courses don't have to meet this requirement so the quality and depth of instruction and curriculum may be higher in a concurrent enrollment class than in an AP class.

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How do I participate in the program?

Students wishing to participate must see their high school counselor or administrator for information on how their school participates in the program and district forms. The district must approve any participation in the program. A Concurrent Enrollment Agreement form must be submitted for each semester the student plans to participate in the program.

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Do I have to apply to the college?

Yes. Students, regardless of program, must complete a regular Application for Admission. Applications can be submitted online or in person at any campus. A separate Concurrent Enrollment Agreement form must be approved by the high school and submitted to Aim’s Concurrent Enrollment office for each semester of participation.

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Is there a deadline to participate?

Check with your counselor or school district for deadlines and information. Schools require advanced notice in order to complete the Concurrent Enrollment paperwork. The Concurrent Enrollment Agreement form must be submitted to the Concurrent Enrollment office no later than the add/drop deadline in the semester in which the student is participating.

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Can I declare a degree?

No. Students participating in this program cannot declare a degree. Students may take courses toward a degree or certificate that they plan to pursue after graduation.

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Can I apply for Financial Aid (FASFA)?

No. Federal and State financial aid is awarded to those students who have earned their high school diploma or GED and that have declared an aid-eligible degree. You can apply for aid once you have graduated from high school and have declared a degree.

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How does FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) apply to students enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment program?

Students who are participating in the Concurrent Enrollment program give Aims permission to report absences, disciplinary issues, release grades, transcripts, in-progress grades, and class schedules (if available) to the high school indicated on their application. This policy does not apply to students taking courses outside of the Concurrent Enrollment program, regardless of age. Parents wishing to receive information regarding their child’s information, records, grades, etc. must have written permission from the student in the form of the Release of Confidential Information form. To ensure the confidentiality and protection of your student records:
  • You must provide photo identification for in-person access to services and your records.
  • You must select your private password and security question when activating your myAims Logon, which ONLY YOU, the student, will use to access web-based records and services. DO NOT GIVE THIS PASSWORD TO ANYONE, INCLUDING A PARENT, LEGAL GUARDIAN, OR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR.
  • For your protection, services over the telephone and e-mail may be limited if the college person you are calling or emailing does not know you or is not confident of your identity.
  • Students must use their confidential Aims-supplied e-mail, User ID, and password for registration, add/drop. Fee payment, grade information on the web, and school communications. The school may release some confidential information to the student’s Aims-supplies e-mail address, but cannot release anything of a confidential nature to the student’s personal or family e-mail account.
  • Your “directory information” may be released to anyone who asks, unless you take specific steps to prevent the release of your information. This includes such information as whether you are enrolled at Aims (but not specific courses), and whether you are considered full or part time (but not an exact number of credits). Aims does not consider student address and phone number to be “directory” information and, as such, will not release it without your permission.


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What types of courses can I take?

Your high school counselor will be able to provide the information on what courses are allowed. Some Concurrent Enrollment students will take State Guaranteed Transfer (GT) courses, while other schools allow Career and Technical (CTE) courses. Students in 12th grade can take remedial courses in math, English, and reading with the high school or school district’s permission.

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Who can I see for assistance in choosing classes?

Students should first see their high school counselor for information on what courses can be taken. Students needing more information on courses can make an appointment with Aims’ high school counselor by calling 970-339-6251. Students under the age of 16 and taking courses at an Aims campus must have a parent present as there are additional forms to sign.

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What are State Guaranteed Transfer courses?

These courses will transfer to the receiving institution as completing either a general education requirement or a degree requirement for students who transfer to a Liberal Arts major at a Colorado four-year public college or university. These courses are marked with the GT identifier in the Aims catalog (E.g. SS1, CO1, etc.). More information about State Guaranteed Transfer courses and GT Pathways may be found at http://www.state.co.us/cche_dir/hecche.html or by contacting an Aims advisor.

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Will my schedule be the same at Aims as it is at my high school?

Aims schedule varies from the high school schedule, so be sure you know when each school has vacations, breaks, and changes to their schedule. If you are taking a class at Aims, you will follow the Aims calendar for the semester that you are attending. If you are taking a class at your high school you will follow your high school schedule.

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How many classes/credits can I take?

Each high school has a different policy on the number of credits a student can take each year. Contact your high school counselor for your school’s policy. Aims does not limit the amount of credits a student may take.

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Can I take classes in summer?

Students wishing to participate in Concurrent Enrollment during the summer term must first speak to their high school counselor or administrator. Some high schools will allow students to take courses in the summer through the Concurrent Enrollment program. Other schools will allow you to take courses, but not through Concurrent, so all costs are out of pocket.

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How do I get to class?

Students are responsible for providing or arranging transportation to and from classes.

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What kind of grades do I have to maintain?

Students must maintain a grade of ‘C’ or better to receive college credit. Unless you drop the course by the deadline, all courses taken will appear on a student’s permanent college transcript.

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Do classes transfer to other colleges?

This depends on what courses you take at Aims and what program of study you will be working on at the transfer college. Courses designated as General Transfer (GT) will transfer to other Colorado colleges. It is important that you work closely with your advisor and check with the receiving institution to determine if certain courses will transfer. We do have transfer guides to help us determine if a course is likely to transfer. Please note that a grade of “C” or better must be achieved in courses to be considered for transfer credit.

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Can International Students Participate in Concurrent Enrollment?

Yes, International Students may participate in Concurrent Enrollment, but not in ASCENT. Students with this status must contact the International Advisor for additional paperwork prior to enrolling into classes.

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