Nine Easy Tips to Remember When You Fill Out Your FAFSA

FAFSA letters on top of a textbook with a piggy bank next to itDid you know that you could start to fill out your FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year on October 1?

And CCA is ready to help you and/or your parents fill it out! CCA will host FAFSA Rushes this year on Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 at our CentreTech campus from 1 to 6 p.m. on each day.

During FAFSA Rush, students and their parents can come to our campuses, use our computer labs to fill out the FAFSA, and CCA Financial Aid staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The U.S. Department of Education has permanently moved the FAFSA application start date to Oct. 1 to give students and their parents more time to plan and pay for college. Students and/or their parents can now fill out the FAFSA using their 2017 tax returns or they can use the tax return for 2018 that they will fill out next year.

But before you start  the FAFSA application process, check out these nine tips from CCA Financial Aid Advisor Darin Wissbaum to make it easy and simple as possible to avoid any problems that could delay processing your application. Continue reading »

Posted in Financial Aid

Five Things to Do Before You Start Classes at CCA

A graphic detailing five things students should do before they start classes.The fall semester begins at CCA in less than two weeks!

If you have already taken the appropriate tests and attended a new student or transfer orientation, congratulations!

Before you step into the classroom, here are five things to do before you start classes:

1. Pay for Your Classes or Set Up a Payment Plan.

Did you know that CCA has a variety of ways to pay your tuition?

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Posted in Academic Support

Why CCA Was The Perfect Fit for Me

Students throwing their caps in their air

In a few days, I will be the first person in my family to hold a college degree. While my time at the Community College of Aurora may be finished, I feel like my academic journey is just beginning.

I think about where I will be next year, as I begin my final year of undergraduate studies, and I wonder what I will be doing. I think about the year afterwards, when I will be able to truly call myself an anthropologist, and I think about the kind of work I might find. As I think of the journey ahead of me, my thoughts turn to where I have been. Continue reading »

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CCA Live Blog – Follow Our Model United Nations Team in New York City

The Community College of Aurora Model United Nations team is in New York this week to participate in National Model United Nations.

AThe CCA Model UN Team inside the UN General Assembly Hall.ll week long we will update this blog with images, updates, thoughts, and other insight from CCA students and staff as we join them on their journey. Keep following this space for periodic updates. You can also follow the CCA Model UN Facebook page for more live updates.

Updated 3/27:

CCA’s Model United Nations team is back from successfully bringing home another Honorable Mention award from the National Model United Nations conference in New York City last week. Below are some thoughts from some of the team members about their experiences: Continue reading »

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Meet Savannah Reich, Author of “Paradise Park Zoo” the CCA Theatre Spring Production

Image of Savannah reich, Paradise Park Zoo authorHave you ever wondered about if we are truly free – or whether we are all trapped in a cage?

And are we trapped in a cage of our own creation or someone else’s creation?

Chicago-based playwright Savannah Reich had those same questions but turned her ponderings into “Paradise Park Zoo”, the Community College of Aurora Spring Theatre Department production.

Now it’s your turn to meet Savannah your questions about “Paradise Park Zoo”, playwriting, and how to make political art that isn’t simply propaganda. (Also be sure to get your tickets for “Paradise Park Zoo!” CCA students you can attend for free by registering!)

Savannah will visit CCA from March 15 to March 17 and host a variety of panels and sessions – some open to the public and others open only to CCA students. See below for a full list of events.

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