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Getting Started Checklist - Tuition Assistance


The Getting Started Checklist includes all of the important information you need for your first semester at CCA. Get started early, though - some of these steps can take a significant amount of time to process!

Military & Veteran Services does not work with tuition assistance programs and can only provide basic information. Please speak to your education office if you have questions about how TA works for your branch of service or contact CCA's Fiscal Affairs Office for questions about billing.

Getting Started Checklist

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.

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a state stipend that reduces your tuition charges.
 
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.
 
Honorably discharged veterans and their dependents who have lived in Colorado for less than one (1) year may qualify for COF under Colorado House Bill 1039 by submitting valid discharge papers. You may need to complete a paper application for benefits if you do not have a Colorado driver’s license.
Honorably discharged veterans who have lived in Colorado less than one (1) year and their qualifying dependents may qualify for in-state tuition rates by submitting valid discharge papers for the veteran. Qualifying dependents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill may also qualify, even if the veteran does not live in Colorado. Please contact Military & Veteran Services for further information.
 
Active duty service members must complete a Military Certification for Tuition Classification form each semester to qualify for resident tuition rates. This form is available on the Student Tab of MyCCA under Registration & Records Forms or from Admissions, Registration & Records or Lowry Student Services.
 
Residency is determined by Admissions, Registration & Records and you can contact them at 303-360-4700 with further questions.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online 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.

Financial aid through the government will not affect your GI Bill® benefits. Some scholarships can affect your benefits. Please let Military & Veteran Services know if you will be receiving a scholarship.

I. Transfer to CCA

VA requires that CCA review all prior college-level training, including military/ACE, AP, CLEP, DANTES, IB, or other college-level learning. You will need to submit your military transcripts, as well as transcripts from test sources.

II. Meet the Assessment Requirement
In order to register for classes, all students must meet assessment requirements in the areas of math, reading and English. You must do one of the following:

A. Take the placement test to assess your current academic skill level. It is important to be prepared for the test so that you can be placed into the appropriate courses. Before you take the test, you are strongly encouraged to review the assessment workbook and attend an assessment prep workshop.

B. Provide a copy of ACT or SAT scores (no more than five years old) prior to your orientation date with the following minimum scores: ACT: Reading 17, English 18, Math 19 SAT: 440 Critical Reading/Verbal, Math 460

III. Attend New Student Orientation
If you have never attended college after High School, you are required to participate in CCA Express, a one-day, fast track orientation that includes all important elements of starting at CCA. You will have a hold placed on your account to prevent registration until you have participated.

During orientation, you will:

IV. See an Academic Advisor & Register for Classes 
During Orientation you will register for classes. An Academic Advisor will be available 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. The Advisor will also assist you in registering for classes during your orientation meeting.

I. Transfer to CCA

VA requires that CCA review all prior college-level training. Students who have previously attended another college or who have military/ACE, AP, CLEP, DANTES, IB, or other college-level learning must submit official transcripts from all prior colleges and the military, as well as transcripts from test sources.

II. Meet the Assessment Requirement
All students must meet assessment requirements in the areas of math, reading and English to register for courses. You must do one of the following:

A. Take the placement test to assess your current academic skill level. It is important to be prepared for the test so that you can be placed into the appropriate courses. Before you take the test, you are strongly encouraged to review the assessment workbook and attend an assessment prep workshop.

B. Provide a copy of ACT or SAT scores (no more than five years old) with the following minimum scores:  ACT: Reading 17, English 18, Math 19 SAT: 440 Critical Reading/Verbal, Math 460

C. Provide your Academic Advisor with an unofficial copy of college transcripts from a regionally accredited institution showing successful completion of college level math and English coursework. Please note that English courses taken outside of the United States do not meet Assessment or Transfer guidelines.

III. See an Academic Advisor
After meeting assessment requirements, you are ready to meet with an Academic Advisor. Your Advisor will be able to help you select the right courses to complete a degree or certificate at CCA and/or to transfer to the 4-year institution of your choice.

IV. Register for Courses
Complete the Student Account Payment Agreement from the Add/Drop Classes link in MyCCA and register for courses through your MyCCA account (link available from CCA’s website). Remember to print your schedule a few days before the semester begins to get current room information.

Once you’re registered for classes, you need to submit your Tuition Assistance request to your respective Education Office. When you receive the approved TA request, you must turn it in to Fiscal Affairs. Approved TA forms should be submitted by the tuition deadline listed in the schedule booklet or your registration may be cancelled.

Degree plans:   Students who are required to provide degree plans to receive approved TA can obtain them by logging on to the MyCCA portal.   Once logged in using your student ID and password, go to the Student tab, Steps to Graduate box and click on "Degree Check".  Print the degree document and bring to your education office/representative.

Take your schedule to the bookstore to purchase your books or look up classes on the bookstore website to if you plan to buy books elsewhere. Buy your books before classes begin to be prepared!

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.

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).

A little more than a week after you register for classes, your BankMobile Disbursements Refund Selection Kit will arrive in the mail (look for the bright green envelope). This kit will be used to select a method on how to receive your refund.

Tuition Assistance Procedures and Information

Once you’re registered for classes, you need to submit your Tuition Assistance request to your respective Education Office or through their web portal.

You must submit your approved TA request to Fiscal Affairs/the Cashier's Office to hold your seat in classes and ensure that it is processed by CCA. Approvals must be complete with accurate tuition listed; students are responsible for all fees. You may email your approval forms to 3rd Party Billing.
TA is processed through 3rd Party Billing. Call 303-360-4728 with questions.
Approved TA forms should be submitted by the tuition deadline listed in the CCA Information Booklet or as soon as you register for classes or your registration will be cancelled.

Current tuition rates approved for TA purposes ONLY

Fall 2017, Spring & Summer 2018
On campus: $144.55/credit hour
Online: $250.00/credit hour for Department of Defense TA programs (ie. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, MyCAA). This maximum is set by the DoD. 
            or $255.50 for TA through the Colorado Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

Tuition Assistance covers instate tuition rates only. You may not be eligible for instate tuition if you reside out of Colorado. There are many ways for Active Duty Military, Veteran, Guard members and their dependents to receive instate tuition, however, the majority of eligible students and their dependents must reside within the State of Colorado to receive instate tuition benefits.

For Active Duty members who are stationed outside of Colorado or are living outside of Colorado and who are not eligible for instate tuition, the non-resident student receiving Military Tuition Assistance benefits will be responsible for the tuition difference between in state and out of state tuition that the Tuition Assistance does not cover.  If you have any questions about your eligibility for instate tuition, please contact the Admissions, Registration, and Records office at 303-360-4797.

Students are responsible for any tuition and fees that are not covered by their TA program.

Students who are required to provide degree plans to receive approved TA can obtain them by logging on to the MyCCA portal. Once logged in using your student ID and password, click on "Degree Check" on the Dashboard. Print the degree document and bring to your education office/representative. Remember, you must provide official transcripts if you are a degree seeking student and would like previous colleges' courses evaluated for possible transfer credit.

MyCAA students will need to complete an Education & Training Plan (E&TP) with Judy Steele.

These links go off-site. Please contact your education office or the relevant TA source for inquiries about your eligibility.
Air Force Army Navy Marine Corps
Coast Guard National Guard Colorado National Guard MyCAA
 
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