College Before Graduation
Would you like to get started on your college degree while in High School?
Or how about earning industry certification so you can start your career sooner?
The College Before Graduation Program allows students to earn college/industry certifications and high school credits simultaneously. Students may significantly reduce their college expenses, increase the likelihood that they will complete college, and earn marketable workforce skills by taking college credit courses. BVSD offers a variety of ways for students to earn these credits.
In order to participate in this program, please see the information below. All courses must be approved by the student's high school principal and counselor. BVSD pays the equivalent of the current Community College tuition rate for courses at Front Range Community College and CU Boulder. CU Boulder tuition rates are higher. Families are responsible for the paying the difference plus books and fees as required by each school. Fees for 2020-21 will be posted once the colleges release them. Grades earned become part of the student's permanent college transcript and GPA, so please consider wisely if this program is appropriate. Courses taken Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory are not covered in this program (except as allowed during the COVID-19 crisis Spring 2020). In courses where a letter grade below a 'C" is given (including a 'D', 'F', 'W', or 'I'), the family agrees to reimburse the district for the costs paid. Students are responsible for knowing and following all district and college deadlines.
Deadlines to turn all BVSD paperwork into your counselor are:
- For Fall courses: May 1
- For Spring courses: November 1
- For ASCENT: February 1 (of your senior year)
- For Summer courses: March 15
** For FALL 2020, deadlines have been extended to August 3 for CU and August 12 for Front Range CC. Please visit their websites (CU Boulder, FRCC) for updated COVID information and policies for Fall 2020.
Step 1: Meet with your counselor to discuss appropriate course options.
Step 2: Complete the google form provided by the counselor.
Step 4: After your counselor has approved your course selection, you are responsible for working with the college, registering for the approved course(s), and paying the appropriate tuition and/or fees. See this CU checklist / FRCC checklist for more details.
Step 5: Turn in your course schedule to your high school counselor.
* IMPORTANT: If you have specific, individual needs (i.e. 504 or IEP), you must contact CU’s/FRCC's Office of Disability Services to learn about how your needs will be met.
- What age/grade requirements are there for the program?
- What types of classes can students take through this program?
- What costs are students/families responsible for?
- How is it determined if a student qualifies for the program?
- How many college courses can a student take per semester?
- Am I guaranteed a seat in courses approved by BVSD?
- Is tuition for summer courses covered?
- Why do I see the full tuition amount on my bill?
Tuition: BVSD pays only the local community college tuition rate (after COF is applied), regardless of which college or university the student attends. For example, tuition for approved courses taken at Colorado Community Colleges are fully covered, but families are responsible for the additional tuition costs of any other public post-secondary institution.
CU Academic Calendar (including drop deadlines)
Front Range Information
Student Fees (fees vary depending on campus and online classes; student is responsible for paying student fees. If funds are available, BVSD will pay fees for students on Free/Reduced Lunch)