Concurrent Enrollment means the simultaneous enrollment of a qualified student in an MCSD high school and in one or more postsecondary courses at an institution of higher education with which MCSD has entered into a partnership through a cooperative agreement (see our Postsecondary Partners). Concurrent enrollment allows a student to earn high school credit and college credit simultaneously at no tuition cost to the student or the student’s parents/guardians. Students benefit from a lower cost of college credit, expanded academic options, easier access to college coursework, and preparation for a seamless transition into college after high school graduation.Colorado Department of Education: Concurrent EnrollmentPostsecondary Courses and Institutions of Higher Education
A “postsecondary course” means a course offered by an institution of higher education and includes coursework resulting in the acquisition of a certificate, an associate degree, and/or a baccalaureate degree.
An “institution of higher education” means:
- A state university or college, community college, junior college, or area vocational school
- A postsecondary career and technical education program that offers postsecondary courses and is approved by the state board for community colleges and occupational education
- An educational institution operating in Colorado that meets state law criteria
Qualified and Eligible Students for Concurrent Enrollment
Colorado law defines a qualified student as a person who is less than 21 years of age and who is enrolled in grades 9-12.
MCSD Board Policy defines an eligible student as a student who is less than 21 years of age, in grades 9-12, with a 3.0 GPA or higher (2.5 GPA for Career and Technical Education courses) and with fewer than nine absences (does not include extracurricular school activity absences) in the semester prior to enrolling in concurrent enrollment.
Qualified, eligible students have two options to access concurrent enrollment courses:
- Students may enroll in college-level courses offered on MCSD high school campuses, taught by MCSD teachers, during the regular school day. Find classes offered at your school in the link below and talk to your high school counselor.
- Students may enroll in college-level courses offered on an approved college campus(including online courses) with prior approval. Students in grades 9-12 must meet the necessary course requirements and the following conditions must be met:
- The course exceeds what is offered on MCSD campuses
- The course must apply toward a postsecondary academic degree and/or certificate and will transfer to other public institutions of higher education in Colorado
- The course is included in the student’s graduation plan (ICAP)
- The course is offered through one of MCSD’s Postsecondary Partners (listed below)
*Some Concurrent Enrollment courses may be cancelled if there is low student enrollment. The threshold to run a concurrent enrollment course is determined by the Postsecondary Partner.
Concurrent Enrollment Requirements
To be considered qualified and eligible for concurrent enrollment, students must:
- Complete the MCSD Concurrent Enrollment Application, signed by student and parents/guardians
- Complete the Institution of Higher Education (Postsecondary Partner) application/registration form(s)
- Apply for and authorize the College Opportunity Fund
- Have a qualifying PSAT/SAT score or complete the NextGen Accuplacer tests, if required for the course
- Student must meet prerequisites for the course, as defined by the Postsecondary Partner
- Have a current ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) including concurrent enrollment coursework
- Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for general education concurrent enrollment courses, or a 2.5 GPA for Career and Technical Education concurrent enrollment courses
- Student must have fewer than nine absences (does not include extracurricular school activity absences) in the prior semester
- Take a course offered through one of MCSD’s Postsecondary Partners in Colorado
*MCSD does not offer any concurrent enrollment summer courses
Concurrent Enrollment Postsecondary Partners and Available Courses
MCSD pays the total tuition cost of concurrent enrollment courses for qualified, eligible students, provided the student passes the concurrent enrollment course with C- or higher and has met the above requirements.
Students/families may have to reimburse MCSD for tuition if a student does not complete a course (without a principal’s approval) and/or fails a course.
MCSD does NOT pay any associated course fees or required textbooks for concurrent enrollment courses, nor does MCSD provide transportation to college campuses.
Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) is a Concurrent Enrollment program which allows students to participate in college courses after their 12th-grade year. This covers the cost of tuition; students pay for their own books and campus fees. Students should talk to their high school counselor if they are interested in the ASCENT program.
MCSD students may participate in dual enrollment programs with prior approval from the principal. Dual enrollment colleges award credit to the student that the student is responsible to pay. Students/families should contact their high school counselor to find out about dual enrollment offerings.
Dual enrollment (such as CU Succeeds) is similar to concurrent enrollment, however, it does not follow the state statutory guidelines. Students and families are responsible for all costs associated with these courses, including tuition. Dual enrollment course transferability may vary.
Dual Enrollment Postsecondary Partners
Concurrent and Dual Enrollment courses taken for college credit should be chosen with careful consideration:
- The course will be included on the student's official college transcript. The grade the student earns in the course will be factored into the student's official GPA. If the student gets a low grade or fails the course, it will lead to a low GPA that could put the student on academic probation at the college and affect their chances of qualifying for some scholarships that require a certain college GPA.
- Dual and concurrent enrollment courses and their resulting college credits are not guaranteed to meet college degree requirements. Whereas the course may have a guarantee of transfer, the courses are not guaranteed to apply to general education, major or elective degree requirements.
Please call counseling office with further questions: 970-249-2429