ASCENT is a 5th year program that allows students who already have 12+ college credits (by the end of senior year), to continue their coursework at a number of community colleges or at Metro State University to complete their Associates degree or a certificate program.


Students should be serious about this process and about their commitment to this program. The state determines the number of students allowed in the program each year, so there is no guarantee that a position will be available for a student.  A number of  factors may be used to choose students to complete the program, including former success, GPA, number of hours needed to complete a program, and more.  

Interested students must turn in all required paperwork and respond to emails on time throughout the duration of the nomination process and the ASCENT program year. No late submissions will be taken and the student will be dropped from the program if this should occur.

Below is what needs to happen by January 15th for you to be considered an ASCENT student:

1. The student must notify Mary Beth Mellott that you would like to be considered for an ASCENT spot for the 2019-2020 school year. (Note: Your parent cannot do this for you!)
2. Read information on the website so you know exactly what ASCENT is.
3. Apply for admission at FRCC, RRCC or ACC. Most of you have already done this.
4. Complete your FAFSA.
5. Send Mrs. Mellott the EFC number from your FAFSA by January 15th at 3:30 pm. No late submissions will be taken.

If you have questions or concerns, please email Mary Beth Mellott.

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