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ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment) is a 5th year program for students who have completed or are on schedule to complete at least 12 hours of post-secondary coursework prior to completing their 12th grade year.
Sophomore Scholars is a MCC program that guarantees grants or scholarships to pay sophomore year tuition and fees up to 30 credits (subject to continued funding each year). High school graduates who have successfully completed (with a “C” or better) 30 credits of MCC college courses as high school juniors and seniors are invited to apply. Students may enroll at any MCC location. Applications are due by April 1 for May high school graduates and November 1 for December high school graduates.
Student Eligibility Criteria
- High school graduate concurrently enrolled with Morgan Community College during the junior and/or senior year of high school.
- Successful completion (C or better) of 30 or more credit hours with Morgan Community College and at least a 2.0 MCC cumulative grade point average at the time of high school graduation or no later than the semester immediately following high school graduation.
- Students must qualify for in-state resident status. If a student does not meet in-state resident requirements they may apply for other financial aid programs.
- Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Must submit any requested documentation (tax return, verification worksheet, etc.) by June 1 for May high school graduates and January 1, for December high school graduates, regardless of financial need.
- Morgan Community College Sophomore Scholars Program application and high school transcript.
- The College Opportunity Fund. Must have applied for COF stipend at CollegeInColorado.org
- Eligible students will receive grant and/or scholarship funds (not a loan or work study) to cover tuition and fees (at on-campus, in-state rates only) at MCC for an additional 30 hours of course work in the degree for which they were enrolled in the initial 30 hours. Books are not included.
- If a student’s financial aid award (including loans and work study) is greater than tuition and fees the student can receive the entire award.
- This program is available for up to three academic semesters beginning the summer or fall semester after high school graduation. This program does not apply to any hours needed during the summer to complete the 30-hour requirement. Any student who graduates from high school in mid-year is eligible to enroll in the spring semester if they meet the student eligibility criteria.
- Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester but the scholarship/grant with this program is only guaranteed for the time period of 3 academic semesters after high school graduation. Other financial aid may be available after that time but is not guaranteed.
- All federal, state, and college rules and regulations regarding financial aid/scholarships apply to this program including MCC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.