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Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) is a fifth-year high school program that allows students to participate in concurrent enrollment the year after 12th grade. LCHS ASCENT students enroll in postsecondary courses at either Front Range Community College or Aims Community College and earn college credit at no tuition cost to them or their families.

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How would ASCENT benefit me?

  • Save money. ASCENT students earn college credit without paying tuition, potentially saving thousands of dollars on their postsecondary education.
  • Guaranteed Credit Transfer. ASCENT courses are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution within the state of Colorado. However, while courses transfer, it is still important to determine if they will apply to your college degree or certificate. 
  • One full year of college credit accumulation. By participating in the ASCENT program and enrolling full-time each semester, you can potentially earn one full year of college credit at no tuition cost.

How do I qualify for the program?

You must:

  • Have completed, or be on schedule to complete, at least 9 credit hours of transcripted, credit-bearing, college-level postsecondary coursework* prior to completing your 12th grade year.
  • Be under the age of 21.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing along with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • Meet all high school graduation requirements by the end of senior year and be college ready.
  • Apply to, and be accepted into, a Colorado postsecondary institution that has an agreement with Liberty Common High School, currently Aims Community College and Front Range Community College. 
  • Register with the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF). You are required to authorize the use of your COF to help pay for your college course costs at a college that receives COF funding. Please note that college-level credits earned through ASCENT will be deducted from the student's COF lifetime credits account maximum.
  • Remain enrolled at LCHS for a fifth year (you will not attend classes at LCHS.)
  • Have not participated in the ASCENT program in previous years.

* LCHS concurrent enrollment classes and AP test scores or 3 or higher must be transcripted to a college transcript no later than June 30th of the student's 12th grade year.


Resources and Information

Learn more about the ASCENT Program at LCHS.