Traditional & Non-Traditional Enrollment

Graduating from high school is a big accomplishment!

As your senior year is a time for celebration, it is also a time to start planning for the future. Community College of Denver (CCD) is a launching point, a place you can earn certificates, degrees, or a foundation of courses to help you transfer into a four-year college. Start here with these easy steps to enrollment and get on your way to an expanse of possibilities and opportunities. You can also download this information and take it with you.

Are you more of a Non-Traditional Student? Congratulations on choosing to finish your career and educational goals. The first step on that road is to enroll in the CCD, where you’ll join hundreds of other adult students just like you. And while you’ll be among a large and diverse student body, you’ll find there are plenty of programs and resources set in place to help you succeed.

Get started with these Steps to a Successful Enrollment!

You can also download the Admissions & Registration Guide for more detailed information.

Step 1. Apply for Admission & Financial Aid

Apply to CCD

The very first step to enrolling in CCD is to create an account and apply online. We'll review your application and send you an official Welcome Letter with your Student ID Number.

  • The College accepts all students who are at least 17 years of age.
  • There is no application fee.
  • College Opportunity Fund (COF) pays a portion of your total in-state tuition and is eligible for undergraduate students. Simply apply for the COF on your admissions application (see last question) or you can also learn more about COF here.
  • If you are under the age of 17, a Request for Waiver of Admissions may be granted through the Office of the Dean of Student Development & Retention.

Apply for Financial Aid

After you have applied to CCD, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is your application for all federal and state grants, loans, and work-study.

Step 2. Assessment & Orientation

Meet the Assessment Requirement

Before attending New Student Orientation, you must meet the math and English assessment requirement by taking the Placement Test (unless you meet an exemption below). This is a very important exam that determines course placement, so you are strongly encouraged to prepare thoroughly before testing. The cost to take the exam is $10 and re-testing is not permitted.

You may be exempt from the placement test if:

A. you have the following ACT or SAT scores from within the past five years. Submit your unofficial score report or unofficial high school transcript to the Testing Center with your Student ID number. 

Assessment ACT SAT
English/Critical Reading  18 440
Math MAT 120: 19 460
  MAT 121: 23  


B. you have earned English and math credits at a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Complete the Transcript Intake Form and submit it with unofficial copies of your college transcripts to the Testing Center for review. 


Attend New Student Orientation

All new first-time students must attend orientation before receiving advising. A hold will be placed on your account until you have attended an orientation session. Transfer students are encouraged to attend orientation.

Step 3. Advising & Registration

Meet with your Academic Advisor. 

Get the academic advising process started early!  Your academic advising session is your opportunity to discuss educational plans and find out what classes you will start with at CCD. Please visit or contact the Academic Advising Center to get connected with your Academic Advisor. 

Register for Classes through CCDConnect.

Step 4. Payment

  • Confirm that your financial aid award will cover your tuition and fees, or make payment by the published deadline. Pay your tuition and fees in full or set up a FACTS payment plan through the Student Finance tab in CCDConnect. If you register for a course after the payment deadline, payment is due within 24 hours of registration. If you miss the payment deadline, you may be dropped from all classes and your seat will be offered to other students.​
  • Activate your CCCS HigherOne Refund Card to select your refund preferences. You should receive this card in the mail shortly after registering for your classes.
  • Contact CCD's Business Office if you have tuition payment or refund card questions.

Additional Resources

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Denver, CO 80204

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