Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for: Concurrent Enrollment Program

  1. What is the ASCENT Program?
  2. What are the requirements to participate?
  3. Is ASCENT right for me?
  4. Is Concurrent Enrollment/ASCENT different than AP courses?
  5. How do I participate in the program?
  6. Do I have to apply to the college?
  7. Is there a deadline to participate?
  8. Can I declare a degree?
  9. Can I apply for Financial Aid (FASFA)?
  10. I applied for Financial Aid and was accepted. Can I decline ASCENT?
  11. How does FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) apply to students enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment/ASENT 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. Can I attend college courses offered 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. How do I drop a class? How do I withdraw? What’s the difference?
  22. Do I have to take the Accuplacer Assessment test?
  23. What about textbooks?
  24. I have an IEP, can I get assistance?
  25. How much is tuition? Are there fees?
  26. How do I pay my tuition? Can my school pay?
  27. Can International Students Participate in ASCENT?

What is the ASCENT Program?

Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act (CEPA) is a state law (HB09-1319) 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?

Students has:
  • met all high school graduation requirements;
  • completed 12 credits of college-level course work (100 level or above) prior to the end of their 12th grade year;
  • completed or met all remedial education needs;
  • completed an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) with their high school.
Students participating in the ASCENT program will not receive a high school diploma until the ASCENT program has been completed.

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Is ASCENT right for me?

The ASCENT program is designed for students who wish to continue their college career after high school. Speak with your high school counselor and/or a college advisor regarding all options for college, including financial aid and scholarships.

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Is Concurrent Enrollment/ASCENT 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 state and school district must approve any participation 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 with an ASCENT Addendum or high school ASCENT form(s) 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?

Yes! Check with your counselor or school district for deadlines and information. Schools require advanced notice in order to complete the paperwork. The Concurrent Enrollment/ASCENT Agreement 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?

Yes. Students participating in this program can declare a degree or certificate that is in line with their ICAP.

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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 your high school diploma has been received and/or upon completion of the ASCENT program. Students are welcome to complete the FAFSA to weigh all options prior to entering into the ASCENT programs. Aid will not be awarded to students participating in the ASCENT program.

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I applied for Financial Aid and was accepted. Can I decline ASCENT?

Yes. Students who have been approved for the ASCENT program may decline the program prior to entering.

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

Students who are participating in the Concurrent Enrollment/ASCENT 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?

Any course that will apply toward the degree or certificate that has been declared. Meet with a college advisor prior to enrolling in courses for information and an academic plan of study.

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Who can I see for assistance in choosing classes?

Students need to meet with Aims’ high school transitional counselor by calling 970-339-6251. Assistance will be provided on choosing/declaring a degree or certificate, academic plans of study, and course registration.

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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 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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Can I attend college courses offered at my high school?

No. Students participating in the ASCENT program will attend courses on any Aims campus or online.

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How many classes/credits can I take?

Aims does not limit the amount of credits a student may take, regardless of program. Speak with your high school counselor or administrator for any limits or restrictions on courses.

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Can I take classes in summer?

Students are welcome attend during the summer term, but not through the ASCENT program. All costs will be at the student’s expense.

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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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How do I drop a class? How do I withdraw? What’s the difference?

Students are responsible for registering/dropping/withdrawing from their courses by the deadline. Students are not automatically dropped from classes if they stop attending. If you do not attend the course and fail to satisfy course requirements, you will receive a permanent grade of ‘F’ for the course. Dropping or withdrawing from a course must be submitted in writing at any Aims campus or completed online. Dates and deadlines for dropping/withdrawing appear in the schedule of classes and on your Aims class schedule/bill. Dates and other information can also be found on the Academic Calendar. Classes meeting less than a full semester will have separate deadlines. Dropping a course by the add/drop deadline will result in a refund of any money paid, and the course will not appear on the academic transcript. Dropped course also do not impact your GPA. Withdrawing from a course by the withdrawal deadline will not generate a refund, and the student is held responsible for the full tuition and fees associated with the course. A grade of ‘W’ will appear on the transcript, but this grade does not impact your GPA.

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Do I have to take the Accuplacer Assessment test?

All students taking classes at Aims or online are required meet assessment and prerequisite requirements. Students can take the Accuplacer Assessment test, or provide ACT or SAT scores. Study guides and testing hours can be found at the Testing Center website.

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What about textbooks?

Students are required to purchase their own books and materials, unless otherwise arranged with their school district. The Aims Bookstore can provide information on required text and materials for courses. Speak with your high school counselor or administrator regarding their policy on assistance with the purchase of books and/or materials.

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I have an IEP, can I get assistance?

Students needing assistance can contact Disability Access Services for information on how to request accommodations.

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How much is tuition? Are there fees?

Eligible Concurrent Enrollment & ASCENT students are charged the current in-district tuition rate. Students are responsible for paying Administration, Infrastructure, Course and Lab Fees (when applicable); Student and Technology fees for 6 credits are removed from the student’s bill. For current rates and payment policies, please visit the Cashier’s Office.

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How do I pay my tuition? Can my school pay?

Tuition is paid directly by the high school to the college on the student’s behalf. Fees and tuition not covered by the high school are the students’ responsibility. Tuition and fees can be paid in person at any of the Aims campuses, online in full, through a payment plan, or over the phone using a credit or debit card. All tuition and fees must be paid no later than the last day of the term in which the student is enrolled. For more information, contact the Cashier’s office at 970-339-6349 or visit the Cashier's Office website. All tuition and fees must be paid no later than the end of the term. Students whose school is paying tuition must submit a 3rd Party Authorization form to the Cashier’s office before the end of the term.

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Can International Students Participate in ASCENT?

No. International/Foreign Exchange students are not included for participation in the ASCENT program

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