What is Concurrent Enrollment? – Free College classes while in high school!
Students are able to take college level courses to count both for college and high school credit through the DPS Concurrent Enrollment Program. DPS will pay for the cost of tuition at the community college or technical college (students are responsible for books, fees and transportation). To be eligible students must have a 2.0 GPA and be deemed "college ready" by either the Accuplacer, TABE or ACT. It is important for students to know that if they do not pass the class they must repay the cost of tuition to their school (a promise to repay contract must be signed before enrolling in the college class).
Costs of books are NOT included through Concurrent Enrollment.
Here’s how: Fill out DPS concurrent enrollment forms, get them signed by your parents/guardians. Apply to CCD at https://www.ccd.edu/org/apply-ccd-today Apply to Emily Griffith at http://www.emilygriffith.edu/apply-now Arrange to take the Accuplacer and/or TABE. (Get practice tests from Fenton) Register for classes – attend, pass with a C or better and get free college credit that also counts toward HS graduation! Please see your counselor regarding more information about taking college classes through Concurrent Enrollment!
Did you know that if you get 12 college credits before graduating from high school, you can go to college for your first year for free? If you are college-ready and want to pursue this incredible opportunity, see Ms. Fenton to sign up!
ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows for students to continue on full-time at a community college or technical college for a 5th year. DPS will pay for tuition. Students are responsible for books and fees at post-secondary institutions. ASCENT students will participate in the graduation ceremony with their class but instead of receiving their diploma they will receive a certificate of completion. After their ASCENT year is completed they will officially be graduated by the district and will receive their diploma.
Requirements for ASCENT: Students must have met all graduation requirements. Students must have successfully passed (‘C’ or better) 12 college credit hours prior to end of senior year. These courses must be 100 level or higher. It is the student’s responsibility to provide college transcripts upon request. Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. Students must be college ready through ACT scores or Accuplacer assessment. Student must have a completed and updated their ICAP. Students must have completed and turned in the Intent to Participate to their counselor by Sept 1 of their senior year. ASCENT is not for all students, please contact your counselor for more information about the ASCENT program.
The Free Application for Federal Student aid is an application used by millioins of college bound students each year. This process is free and students are eligible to apply for federal grants, loans, and scholarships. In order to successfully fill out the FAFSA, you will need the following information:
Your Social Security Number Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen) Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.) Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) Records of untaxed income (if applicable) A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.)
If you are under 24 years old, you are considered a dependent student and will also need most of the above information for your parent(s) or guardian(s).