Getting Started Checklist

Starting college is a big step, but we're here to help.  The CCA website and following pages of this catalog include details on how to get started.

1. Complete our Guided Pathways Quiz - Find your passion. Earn your degree. Start your career. Use our Guided Pathways Quiz to discover the program and career that best fits your interests. Still unsure what to study? Contact Career Services at 303 340-7231.

2. 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. A couple of days after you apply you will receive an email with your student ID number and initial password.

3. Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are eligible for any kind of aid (grants, loans, work-study and scholarships). Financial Aid can take 4 – 6 weeks to process, so don’t delay!            

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

A. Provide your Pathway 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.
B. Provide a copy of your ACT or SAT scores (no more than five years old).
C. 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.

5. Login to CCA Navigate - Login to your CCA Navigate account by clicking the Navigate icon in MyCCA.  CCA Navigate will allow you to stay on track at CCA and to plan, schedule, and register for your courses.You will also use CCA Navigate to schedule appointments with your Pathway Advisor and plan courses for your program.  Note:  You will have access to Navigate 24 hours after you complete your application for admission.


6. Meet With a Pathway Advisor - Your Pathway Advisor is here to help you select the right courses to complete your pathway of choice.

7. Register for Classes - Remember to print a copy of your schedule a few days before the semester begins to get updated room information.

8. Do You Have a Plan to Pay for Your Classes?
Apply for the College Opportunity Fund COF
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. If you have any questions about your residency determination or COF, please contact the Admissions, Registration & Records Office at 303 360-4797.

Apply for Scholarships
Apply for CCA Foundation Scholarships! Over $500,000 available in scholarships!

Set Up a Payment Plan
It takes time for a financial aid award to apply to your student account. If you have not received an award letter and you have not processed an acceptance of your financial aid for the current term, you should setup a payment plan. Signing up for a payment plan early allows for the lowest down payment options and guarantees your spot in class.

9. 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. Instructions to activate your account will be included in your Welcome letter from CCA.

10. Attend Orientation - First-time college students are required to attend orientation, but all students can benefit from attending! At orientation, you will learn about what it is like to be a student at CCA, your path to your career, how to pay for college, and much more. Orientation = Success!

11. Get Your Student ID and Parking Pass - Stop by the Welcome Center at the CentreTech Campus or the Lowry Campus to get your CCA Student ID card and your parking pass. Photo ID is required to get your Student ID.

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

13. Choose a Refund Preference - A little more than a week after you register for classes, your BankMobile refund code will arrive in the mail (look for the bright green envelope). This code is used to setup your refund preferences, so look for the envelope an activate your account when it arrives!

Special Note for Transfer Students
Submit your official transcripts from any prior colleges you attended. CCA will transfer in any courses completed with a C or better that align with your chosen pathway at CCA.





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