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ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT. The program extends high school for an ASCENT year on one of eleven Colorado Mountain College (CMC) campuses, the main campus of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) or at CMU Tech. Students who have completed at least nine (9) credit hours of postsecondary courses by the end of 12th grade are eligible. The ASCENT program participants remain students in Eagle County School District for up to one year following their 12th grade year, and Eagle County School District (ECSD) receives ASCENT specific per-pupil state funding that it uses to pay their college tuition at CMC, CMU, or CMU Tech for the fall and spring semester. The program does not pay for books and fees during the ASCENT year.

ASCENT students receive their high school diplomas at the end of their ASCENT year with the corresponding date of the time of completion. ASCENT students are permitted to walk in their school's graduation ceremony with classmates at the end of their 12th grade year.


Jim ThompsonASCENT Counselor


The application window is now open and will close at the end of the day on the application deadline, Friday, May 3rd 2024.

Due to delays with FAFSA, the application will remain non-binding after May 3rd. However, students must submit an application by May 3rd to be considered for ASCENT.