Next Steps After You Register for Classes

Congratulations on becoming a CityHawk! Review the important information below to help you get started on a successful college experience.

Before Classes Start ...

Check Your Student Email Account

Your college-assigned student email account is the primary and official means of communication with CCD. Log in to CCDConnect to check your account and student email regularly in order to receive updates and important messages from the College. Contact the 24/7 helpline at 1.888.800.9198 if you need login assistance.

Print Your Schedule

Before attending your first class, view your schedule to ensure you know the correct start dates, days, times, and locations of your classes. You may print your detailed student schedule through CCDConnect. Please note: some classes may change locations or times or even be occasionally canceled; be sure to confirm your schedule in CCDConnect before the first day of class. View this document for a better understanding of the codes listed on your schedule

Get Immunized

All students must provide proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) to the: Health Center at Auraria, Plaza Building, Room 149. Read more about the immunization requirements.

Get Books & Supplies

Get your books as soon as possible at Tivoli Station. If you need help, let your instructor know. You are not required to purchase textbooks through the AHEC bookstore, but they do offer new and used textbooks for both purchase and rental, and they stock all the required textbooks.

Need Help Paying for Books?

Each semester, the Office of Student Life sponsors a chance for free book rentals from the Lending Library. This event saves our students loads of money each semester. Learn more about the Lending Library. Call the Office of Student Life at 303.556.2597 or stop by Tivoli Student Union, room 309 if you have any questions.

Look Into a Book Advance

May 18 | First round of book advances available automatically to eligible students (book advances released to newly eligible students every following Friday)

Financial aid funds are not distributed until after the last day to drop a class (census date). To assist those who receive financial aid with purchasing books and supplies needed for the first weeks of class, the financial aid office advances up to $500 to eligible students beginning the week before classes start. The CCD book advance program is based on your financial aid award and pending payments at CCD only. This is an automatic process for students who have funds available. There is no need to sign up for a CCD book advance. 

To qualify for a CCD book advance, your total amount of accepted financial aid funds must be greater than the tuition and fee amount, which will then result in a credit balance refund. In addition, you must:

  • have all financial aid requirements completed one month prior to the first day of the semester,
  • be enrolled in at least six credit hours (or be Federal Pell Grant eligible),
  • be meeting CCD's Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements,
  • not have a financial aid hold,
  • have an activated CCCS Refund Card, and
  • not exceed 30 attempted developmental credit hours.

Questions about your financial aid or book advance? Contact the Financial Aid Office at 303.556.5503. 

Sign Up for Text Messages

Text messages are the primary way we will communicate with you in the event of an on- or near-campus emergency, a weather closure, or important information related to your account. The notification will go to the number that we have in our system for you. Please keep that number updated so that you can receive these emergency alerts. For weather-related information, you may also call the AHEC weather hotline at 1.877.556.EMER (3637).

Update Your Information

Make sure we have your current address, telephone, and email up to date each semester. Go to CCDConnect and select a link from the "Personal Information" icon to update your information.

Activate your CCCS Refund Card

Avoid delays in getting your refund by activating your CCCS refund card when you receive it in the mail after registering for classes the first time. Contact CCD's Business Office at 303.556.2075 for more information. 


When Classes Start ...

Attend Classes

Class attendance is vital to your success! A lot happens during the first week.

Instructors will be taking attendance, so it is important that you are there to reserve your space. If you do not attend your course(s) prior to the census date and are identified as a no-show by your professor, you will be dropped from the course(s) and not allowed to re-register. Students taking online courses must participate and submit a graded assignment before the census date (drop deadline) in order to not be dropped from their online class for non-participation. Read more about the college non-attendance policy.

Connect with Academic Advising

Connect with your assigned academic advisor to be sure that you continue your progress towards graduation or transfer! See your advisor before classes start and when next semester's registration opens. You can contact the Academic Advising and Student Success Center at 303.556.2481 or via email at View your Degree Works (found through CCDConnect) to see who your academic advisor is and to contact them via email. 

Review your Degree Works program plan at least once a semester to stay on track to graduate. Learn more about Degree Works Now!

Prepare for Parking on Campus

Reduce the stress of finding a parking spot by arriving early! Remember, the best parking spots go first. Learn more about parking on campus.

Also, utilize your RTD pass by using public transportation to get to campus; we are connected by train and bus to all parts of the front range.


Other Important Information ...

Safety Reminder

The Auraria Police Department would like to offer a friendly reminder to be vigilant in your surroundings and report any suspicious activity or people to the police department as soon as possible. Remember to remove any valuables from your vehicle when leaving it unattended and always double-check to make sure that the doors are locked and windows are rolled up.

Campus safety is everyone’s responsibility and the police department always appreciates your assistance!

Early Alert

All instructors participate in CCD’s Early Alert system. Your instructor may speak to you directly about his/her concerns regarding a number of possible issues, including absence, late or missing submissions, poor or high performance on assessments, etc. The electronic Early Alert (STEAR) system is designed to supplement this communication and allow instructors to request additional early intervention for students from a CCD advisor or specialist. The hope is to provide you with the support you need to be successful. Therefore, if you are contacted by your assigned CCD advisor, please speak with him/her and follow up with your instructor to find out more about the nature of the alert, and the supports and services your instructor has recommended.

Support Services

CCD has a wealth of support services available to you to ensure your success and engagement as a student. For questions about learning resources, ways to get involved, leadership opportunities, crisis/counseling needs, and many other resources, please talk with your assigned academic advisor. We look forward to getting you CONNECTED!

  • The Office of Student Life provides a food pantry for CCD students. Stop by the Tivoli Student Union, room 309 and take up to six food items a week during the semester.
  • There are several computer labs across the Auraria Campus for you to work on your academics, study, research, and write papers. Find out more now.

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