Concurrent and Dual Enrollment

Concurrent and dual enrollment programs allow high school students in Colorado to enroll in postsecondary institutions and earn credit towards graduation. There are several programs available, some of which offer tuition reimbursement by the school district. For more information on the programs available in your school, contact the guidance counselor at your high school.

Dual Enrollment Data

Program Type Student Count
Academic Year 2013-14
Student Count
Academic Year 2014-15
Student Count
Academic Year 2015-16
Total 31,092 35,713 38,519
Concurrent Enrollment 20,488 24,010 25,534
ASCENT 415 462 485
Other Programs 10,189 11,241 11,554

 

Colorado's Concurrent Enrollment Program

The program is open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th-graders who receive academic plan approval and meet application deadlines and college course requirements. 12th graders who do not meet graduation requirements and who are held back for instructional purposes may not enroll in more than nine credit hours for the academic year (per House Bill 09-1319, Senate Bill 09-285, Colorado Revised Statutes 22-35-101, State Board Rules 1 CCR 301-86;)

Service Area Exceptions

Per HB 18-1052, a policy was created by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education for a Local Education Provider (LEP) to seek an exception to the statewide service area policy for a specific course or program offered through the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act. The policy describes the process which can result in the LEP to be able to partner with an Institution of Higher Education (IHE) in a different service area.

The LEP must request, in writing, a Concurrent Enrollment course(s) or program(s) from the IHE whose geographic service area it resides in. An IHE may agree to offer the course or decline to offer the course and allow a service area exception for a period between one and five years. If the IHE does not respond to the request, they will be deemed to have declined and the LEP may have a service area exception for two years.

LEP’s wishing to be granted a service area exception must use the Concurrent Enrollment Course Request and Decline Form below.

It is highly recommended that the LEP submit this form to the IHE at least one term prior to the term for which they are seeking an exception.

Please submit any questions regarding this process to the following email address: studentsuccess@dhe.state.co.us or call Carl Einhaus, Senior Director for Student Success and Academic Affairs, at 303.974.2676

 

ASCENT

The Accelerating Students through Concurrent EnrollmeNT program is a 5th year program for students prior to high school graduation and who are on schedule to complete 12 credit hours of postsecondary work prior to completion of 12th year. Participants are selected by high school admin and must meet class requirements and prerequisities; House Bill 09-1319, Senate Bill 09-285, Colorado Revised Statutes 22-35-101, State Board Rules 1 CCR 301-86;

 

Concurent and Dual Enrollment Resources

Press release on 2016-17 Concurrent Enrollment report

Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment 2016-2017 School Year

Dual and Concurrent Enrollment fact sheet

The Effects of Concurrent Enrollment on the College-Going and Remedial Education Rates of Colorado’s High School Students

View All Concurrent Enrollment Reports

Policy Brief: Concurrent and Dual Enrollment

Higher Education Concurrent Enrollment Contacts

 

Previous Programs

PSEO

Fasttrack

The phasing out of Fasttrack and PSEO in 2012 is reflected in the decreased numbers in 2011-12. There were no students participating in those programs in the 2012-13 school year due to the fact that these programs were discontinued as of July 2012.