Getting Started: New Student Registration Checklist
Fall registration now open - classes start August 25! Apply today.
Starting college is a big step, but we're here to help. Here's what you need to do:
Apply for Admission 
If you are new to CCA or have been away from CCA for a year or more, you need to complete the online application for admission. There is no deadline or fee to apply.
Apply for COF  (College Opportunity Fund)
If you are a Colorado resident for tuition purposes and did not sign-up for COF through your admissions application, you can sign-up online. The COF application is free and can save you hundreds of dollars each semester on your tuition. This is a onetime application but you need to authorize COF each semester.
Apply for Financial Aid 
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to see if you are eligible for any kind of aid (grants, loans, work study and scholarships). The application process can take 6-8 weeks to complete, so apply early! CCA has three priority consideration dates during the year. Fall Semester-May 1, Spring Semester-November 1, Summer Semester-April 1. Your financial aid file is not complete until you receive an award letter.
Transfer to CCA 
CCA accepts credit for prior learning for students who have previously attended a college other than CCA or who have completed standardized exams such as CLEP, AP and IB. CCA’s Credentials Evaluator will apply credits that meet the content and rigor of CCA’s courses and that apply to your declared degree or certificate program at CCA. Please visit CCA’s Transferring to CCA page for more information.
Take the Assessment Test 
You must provide evidence of college readiness before signing up for courses. To determine which courses you should take, you must complete the ACCUPLACER or Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Assessment if you are 1) a degree or certificate-seeking student, 2) registering for a course with any prerequisites, or 3) under the age of 20 (regardless of degree/ certificate status).
You are not required to assess if you have done one of the following: 1) you have completed the ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER exam in the last 5 years, or 2) if you have evidence of an Associate of Arts Degree or higher, or 3) evidence of a C or higher in prior College-Level English and Math courses. (Please note that English courses taken out-side of the United States do not meet the Assessment or Transfer guidelines.)
Scores matter! If your ACT or SAT scores do not place you into college-level coursework, CCA recommends that you take the ACCUPLACER or LO