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 at

Find assistance applying for aid at and applying for scholarships at

Step 3. Determine Course Placement 

You have several options to determine your placement in English and/or math courses. CCD provides several options to determine which classes are best for you, detailed at

Step 4: Complete New Student Orientation

Register for an on-campus or online orientation at The on-campus orientation is full service, helping you demonstrate college readiness, meet your academic advisor, register for classes, start/update/finish your financial aid package, tour campus and get a campus ID and RTD pass.

Online orientation is available if you cannot or choose not to attend an on-campus orientation.

STEP 4a  Meet with an Advisor

Academic advisors will help you pick the right classes, understand program requirements and register for classes according to your chosen program pathway. For details about academic advisors and how to make appointments, visit

STEP 4b  Register for Classes

As a new student, you will register for classes at New Student Orientation. Otherwise, you may register online by accessing your CCDConnect student account. Register early for the best selection of classes and times. Also, authorize CCD to apply your COF stipend to discount the tuition bill through the “COF” link in CCDConnect on the Financial Aid & Payments page.

Step 5: Pay Tuition & Confirm Financial Aid

After registering for classes, you 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.

You should ensure that your mailing address is up to date in 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 your book list and purchase books and supplies.
  • Purchase your Student ID.
  • Pick up your RTD pass.
  • Contact the Accessibility Center as needed.
  • Email your academic advisor.