Colorado has placed a strong emphasis on the development and improvement of a seamless system of education that ensures ease in student transition from secondary to postsecondary education levels and from one educational system to another. Articulation options are a critical component of this seamless system. These options include but are not limited to Articulation Agreements, Concurrent Enrollment & Advanced Credit Pathways. Resources for each of these options are provided below.

Opportunities for Earning Advanced Credit

NameType of CreditTransferability of CreditCost of Credit
Concurrent EnrollmentPostsecondary credit with gradeIf applicable to the degree path, credits will transfer to and between all public two and four year institutions. All Colorado public higher education institutions are required to accept gT (guaranteed transfer) courses toward Associate and Baccalaureate degree programs if the student attains a grade of C or better.School districts participating in concurrent enrollment must pay at a minimum the prevailing local community college rate regardless of the institution (i.e. 2 or 4 year) serving the student.
Formerly PSEO, Fast Track, and Fast College Fast Jobs.
Are students enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level? Yes
Does this count toward a student's 12 credits for ASCENT? Yes
Does enrollment affect a student's COF balance? Yes
ASCENTPostsecondary credit with gradeIf applicable to the degree path, credits will transfer to and between all public two and four year institutions. All Colorado public higher education institutions are required to accept gT (guaranteed transfer) courses toward Associate and Baccalaureate degree programs if the student attains a grade of C or better.School districts participating in concurrent enrollment must pay at a minimum the prevailing local community college rate regardless of the institution (i.e. 2 or 4 year) serving the student.
Are students enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level? Yes
Does this count toward a student's 12 credits for ASCENT? n/a
Does enrollment affect a student's COF balance? Yes
Advanced Placement (AP) or
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Postsecondary credit with gradeAP courses and tests may result in earned college credit, as may International Baccalaureate (IB ‐ certain scores are
guaranteed credit in public Colorado colleges)
No cost for credits. May involve a transcripting fee.
Are students enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level? No
Does this count toward a student's 12 credits for ASCENT? No
Does enrollment affect a student's COF balance? No
Extended StudiesPostsecondary creditCollege credit is earned for courses successfully completed. High school credit may be earned based on agreement between institution of higher education and the school district. Courses that only carry college credit are not considered in determination of pupil funding.Determined by participating institution.
Best known programs are CU Succeeds and CSU Ready
Are students enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level? Varies based on institution and student choice.
Does this count toward a student's 12 credits for ASCENT? Yes
Does enrollment affect a student's COF balance? No

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements support seamless transition between secondary and postsecondary CTE programs. They provide students with a non‐duplicative sequence of instruction leading to diplomas, certificates and/or degrees. Agreements can be local, connecting a single program or set of district programs with a college or multiple colleges or statewide, connecting all secondary programs with participating colleges. Students receive credit upon admission into the postsecondary program shortening the time and cost of certificate/degree attainment.

NameType of CreditTransferability of CreditCost of Credit
Local Articulation AgreementArticulated Credit (does not display a grade on postsecondary institution transcript)Primary use is for one or two‐year AAS degree or certificate programs at the college through which the agreement was created. May not
transfer to a four‐year baccalaureate program.
No cost for credits. May involve a transcripting fee.
Between one school district and one or a few postsecondary institutions
Are students enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level? No
Does this count toward a student's 12 credits for ASCENT? No
Does enrollment affect a student's COF balance? No
Statewide Articulation AgreementArticulated Credit (does not display a grade on postsecondary institution transcript)Primary use is for one or two‐year AAS degree or certificate programs. Students may use the credit at any participating community college that offers the program. The credit may not transfer to a four‐year baccalaureate program.No cost for credits. May involve a transcripting fee.
Students from one school district can carry credit to any postsecondary institution offering program
Are students enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level? No
Does this count toward a student's 12 credits for ASCENT? No
Does enrollment affect a student's COF balance? No

Advanced Credit Pathways (ACP)

The purpose of ACP is to provide college credit for equivalent learning at the secondary level in career and technical education that aligns with the criteria established in Perkins IV and the development of Plans of Study. Once verified ACP approved courses may be used at any of the 13 system colleges offering the program. Students receive credit upon admission into the postsecondary program shortening the time and cost of certificate/degree attainment.

NameType of CreditTransferability of CreditCost of Credit
Advanced Credit PathwaysArticulated Credit (does not display a grade on postsecondary institution transcript)Primary use is for one or two‐year AAS degree or certificate programs at the college through which the agreement was created. May not
transfer to a four‐year baccalaureate program.
No cost for credits. May involve a transcripting fee.
Formerly Escrow Credit
Are students enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level? No
Does this count toward a student's 12 credits for ASCENT? No
Does enrollment affect a student's COF balance? No