CCA is an accredited community college with campuses in Aurora and Denver Colorado

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Getting Started: New Student Registration Checklist

Students from CCA, a Denver Community College

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 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 LOEP Assessment to see if you are eligible for higher placement. Do you need to build additional skills in math, reading, or writing to retake the Accuplacer? The Learning Collaborative can help.


Attend New Student Orientation
If you have never attended college after High School, you are required to participate in New Student Orientation. Orientation helps you to successfully navigate the college experience, prepares you to meet with Academic Advisors and select classes, and assists you in the registration process. If you are a new student, you will have a hold placed on your account to prevent registration until you have participated in orientation.


See an Academic Advisor
After meeting assessment requirements and attending orientation (if applicable), you are ready to meet with an Academic Advisor. Your Advisor will be able to guide you in selecting the right courses to complete a degree or certificate at CCA and/or to transfer to the 4-year institution of your choice. *Advisors for cohort based programs are located in the Student Success Center.


Register for Courses
Register for courses through your MyCCAaccount (link available from CCA’s website). Although we can’t register you over the phone or via email, we can guide you through the process. Please contact us should you have any questions. Remember to print your schedule a few days before the semester begins to get current room information.


Pay your Tuition
Don’t lose your spot in your classes! Each semester, CCA publishes a tuition due-date. You must have your payment arrangements FINALIZED by this deadline to hold your spot in classes. CCA recommends that you complete a payment plan as soon as you register. Early signup allows you a small (or zero) down payment and spreads out your payments over several months. Financial Aid will only hold your spot in classes if you have received an award letter.


Buy your Books
Take your schedule to the bookstore to purchase your books. Buy your books before classes begin to be prepared.


Get your Student ID
Stop by the Welcome Center at the CentreTech Campus or Lowry Student Services office with government issued photo ID to get your CCA Student ID card.


Activate your Email
Your college email account is the official method of communication at CCA, so it is extremely important that you activate your account and check it frequently. To activate your account, login to your MyCCA account and click the “Student Email” link at the top of the page. Your initial password is your date of birth spelled out (for example: February141992).


Activate your Debit Card
A little more than a week after you register for classes, your Higher One Debit card will arrive in the mail (look for the bright green envelope). This card will be used to apply your financial aid or any other refund so it is important that you look for the card and activate it when it arrives!


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