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The ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment) is a fifth-year high school program where students can take classes at MSU Denver tuition-free. Students can remain in their school district for one year following 12th grade, attend classes at MSU Denver, and the school district will pay for the tuition. Students must have completed, or are on track to complete, 12 credit hours of college classes. 

  • Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours of dual enrollment classes, the minimum MSU Denver course prerequisites, and meet their high school’s standards.
  • Students must be in the 12th grade, and selected by their school district for participation.
  • Students may not enroll if they have participated in the ASCENT program in previous years.
  • Note –
    • Students participating in ASCENT are not eligible for financial aid.
    • The school district will hold the student’s high school diplomas until the ASCENT program is completed.
  • Complete the MSU Denver Admission Application. To waive the $25 application fee, use code the ‘Concurrent’.
  • Complete the ASCENT form, and email it to This form must be submitted for every semester the student intends to be enrolled.
  • Apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF), available at COF will cover a portion of the tuition. If the student does not complete the application, he or she will be charged the additional amount.
  • Register for SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration).
  • Purchase required textbooks at the Tivoli Station Bookstore. Students should check with their high school counselor to know if the school district pays for books.
  • If the student is responsible for paying a portion of their tuition and/or student fees, the payment should be made through the Student Hub by the end of the semester. If students would like to verify the amount of tuition owed, email

We're proud to bring college credit classes to many school districts across the state, including:

  • 27J SChools
  • Colorado Prepatroy Academy
  • Mesa County Valley School District
  • Adams12 Five Star Schools
  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Pinnacle Charter School
  • Adams14 School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Roaring Fork Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Douglas County School District
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Englewood Schools
  • Summit School District
  • Cherry Creek School District No. 5
  • Estes Park School District R-3
  • Thompson School District
  • Colorado Connections Academy
  • GOAL Academy
  • Two Roads Charter School
  • Colorado Early Colleges Aurora
  • Greeley-Evans School District
  • Weld RE-4 School District
  • Colorado Early Colleges Ft. Collins
  • JeffCo Public Schools
  • Westminster Public Schools
  • Colorado Early Colleges Parker
  • Jefferson Academy Secondary School
  • Woodland Park School District
  • Colorado High School Charter
  • Littleton Public Schools


College Credit in High School Pathways

MSU Denver offers clear pathways to college credits and careers in two categories: Professions and Liberal Arts. These pathways allow high school students to understand which classes count toward the different credentials, and to make sure they are on track to meet their long-term educational and professional goals. 

To learn more, choose the pathway you are interested in:


Please contact our College Credit in High School Program team by calling 303-615-1234 or emailing  

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