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Save money with ASCENT

What is ASCENT? ASCENT is a program where students finish high school, but stay enrolled as a student of WPS for an additional. During this additional year, students attend a local college (Front Range Community College, Community College of Denver, or Emily Griffith), and WPS pays for the student’s tuition. We also have an agreement with Metro State University of Denver and will pay partial tuition for eligible students. To be eligible for the program, students must have 12 college credits and be on grade level by the time they complete their senior year.

How much money can I save?

1. Let’s say a student enrolls in ASCENT and takes classes at Front Range Community College.
o To be eligible for the program, students must have 12 college credits already earned. These college credits stay with the student.
o The average student will take 15 college credits in the Fall, and 15 college credits in the Spring. Each credit at FRCC currently costs $136.90. $136.90 x 30 = $4,107.00.
o The student will need to pay any additional fees and for the books, as required. For a year, we estimate this cost as $500.
o At the end of the year, the student can transfer these credits, as well as the credits they already earned to the college of their choice. If this student chooses to enroll at CU – Boulder and study business, these 42 credits will transfer. 42 credits worth of credits at CU – Boulder in the Business program cost approximately $18,240.00.
o After accounting for the $500 investment, total potential savings = $17,740.00.

2. Let’s say a student enrolls in ASCENT and takes classes at Emily Griffith in Welding.
o The welding program at EGTC is a year-long program and consists of 88 credit hours.
o Each credit hour in the EGTC welding program is $156.00. $156.00 = $13,728.00.
o The student will need to pay any additional fees or books required by the program. This is estimated at $2,112.00 by EGTC.
o After accounting for the $2,112.00 investment, total savings = $11,616.00.

Interested in ASCENT? Contact Mrs. Rimmey in Future Center today for more information!
6933 Raleigh Street, Westminster, CO 80030 (Located in the Westminster High School Library) 303.657.3939 ׀ vrimmey@westminsterpublicschools.org