Steps to Successful Enrollment

Step 1. Apply for Admission

Get started by filling out a free online application at Applying is free; and students at least 17 years of age will be automatically accepted. CCD will send an acceptance letter via email with the Student ID number and instructions to log into the CCDConnect Student Portal.

Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the application for all federal and state aid, including grants, loans and work-study. CCD’s school code is 009542. The priority deadline for the FAFSA and CCD scholarships is April 15. For assistance, contact the Educational Opportunity Center, 303.352.8746.

Apply for CCD scholarships at

Step 3. Demonstrate College Readiness 

All students must demonstrate college readiness prior to starting classes. CCD provides several options to demonstrate college readiness, detailed at

Step 4: Complete Orientation

Register for an on-campus or online orientation at The on-campus orientation is full service, helping all students to demonstrate college readiness, meet with an academic advisor

  • Register for classes
  • Start/update/finish a financial aid package
  • Tour campus
  • Get campus ID/bus pass 

Online orientation is available if a student cannot or chooses not to attend on-campus orientation .

STEP 4a  Meet with an Advisor

Academic Advisors will help students pick the right classes, understand program requirements, and register for classes according to chosen program pathways. For details about Academic Advisors and how to make appointments visit

STEP 4b  Register for Classes

Students not registering during New Student Orientation may register online by accessing the CCDConnect student account by going to and clicking “CCDConnect” at the top right corner of the page. Register early for the best selection of classes and times.

Authorize CCD to apply your COF Stipend to discount the tuition bill through the “Authorize COF” link on CCDConnect under the Student Finance tab.

Step 5: Pay Tuition & Confirm Financial Aid

After registering for classes, students must have done one of the following

  • Make sure financial aid award covers your whole tuition & fees bill
  • Pay your tuition in full
  • Set up a payment plan

Note: If you register after the payment deadline, payment is due by the following Monday to avoid being dropped for non-payment. If you miss the deadline, you may be dropped from all classes and your seat will be offered to other students.

Students should ensure that their mailing addresses are up to date on CCDConnect as instructions will be sent on how to select refund preferences should any refund be issued to you by CCD. This information will be mailed within 7-10 business days after registering for classes.

Next Steps

  • Log into CCDConnect to review book list and purchase books and supplies
  • Purchase student ID
  • Pick up RTD Bus Pass
  • Contact the Accessibility Center
  • Email Academic Advisor

Helpful Contact Information

Admissions, Registration & Records | 303.556.2420 | Confluence 114

Academic Advising Center | 303.556.2481 | Confluence 123

Accessibility Center | 303.556.3300 | Confluence 121

Cashier’s Office | 303.556.2075 | Confluence 119

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry | 303.365.8300 | Lowry Campus, Bldg. 849

Educational Opportunity Center | 303.352.TRIO (8746) | Cherry Creek 137

The EOC provides one-on-one admissions and financial aid assistance, call for appointment.

Financial Aid | 303.556.5503 | Confluence 120

Health Center at Auraria | 303.556.2525 | Plaza Building, Room 150

New Student Orientation | 303.556.3788 | Confluence 115

Resource Center's First Year Experience Program | 303.556.4964 | Cherry Creek 141

Testing Center | 303.556.3810 | Confluence 216

Student Life | 303.556.2597 | Tivoli 309