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.

CDE and CDHE jointly created a website (opens in a new tab) that provides valuable information to students, families, and LEP/high school personnel on the state’s Concurrent Enrollment program and resources that benefit all stakeholders involved in the delivery and consumption of Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado. This resource will continue to be enhanced to reflect best practices in the field with resources such as:

  • video testimonials from students, parents, and school staff
  • a searchable tool to find district-specific Concurrent Enrollment information
  • questions to ask when considering participating in Concurrent Enrollment


Dual Enrollment Data

Program Type Student Count
Academic Year 2017-18
Student Count
Academic Year 2018-19
Student Count
Academic Year 2019-20
Total 45,787 50,416 53,245
Concurrent Enrollment 30,979 34,519 40,098
ASCENT 557 561 554
Other Programs 13,334 14,548 11,916


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 (opens in a new tab), 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 (opens in a new tab). 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 below process can be used, but please note that it is not required as colleges within the community college system are addressing these requests internally - check with the college leadership to pursue the service area exception request to determine the process they prefer.

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: or call Carl Einhaus, Senior Director for Student Success and Academic Affairs, at 303.974.2676




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;

Concurrent and Dual Enrollment Resources

News Release: More students of color participate in Colorado’s dual enrollment programs (July 20, 2021)

News Release: Participation in Colorado’s dual enrollment programs continue to grow and give students a head start on making a livable wage (opens in a new tab) (Sept. 17, 2020)

Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment 2019-2020 School Year (opens in a new tab)

2019-20 Concurrent Enrollment report data file (Excel File)

View All Concurrent Enrollment Reports (opens in a new tab)

Policy Brief: Concurrent and Dual Enrollment (opens in a new tab)

Higher Education Concurrent Enrollment Contacts (opens in a new tab)


Concurrent Enrollment Research

Research Demonstrates Colorado's Strategic Investment in Concurrent Enrollment Yields Significant Equity Results (opens in a new tab) - NACEP  (March 1, 2021)

Does Concurrent Enrollment Improve College Access, Success, Time-To-Degree and Earnings? A Quasi-Experimental Analysis of Colorado Students (opens in a new tab)

Full technical report on Concurrent Enrollment impact on college access, success, time-to-degree and earnings (opens in a new tab)

The Effects of Concurrent Enrollment on the College-Going and Remedial Education Rates of Colorado’s High School Students (opens in a new tab)


Previous Programs



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.