U.S. Veterans Application Process

Community College of Denver is a Service Members’ Opportunity College. Join our more than 400 veterans on campus and get started on completed your educational goals today.

Get started with these Steps to a Successful Enrollment!

You can also download the Admissions & Registration Guide to print and take with you.

Step 1. Apply for GI Bill Benefits

Review the requirements for eligibility to receive GI Bill Benefits at Department of Veteran Affairs and apply by using the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP).

GI Bill Benefits Application in PDF Format

Veteran Administration forms are, at times a bit complex, requiring information you may not have close at hand. Below we have provided a link to each form in PDF format. This will allow you to read the form and gather any needed information prior to filling it out online.

Need Additional Assistance with your VA Benefit Forms?

Step 2. Apply to CCD

The first step to enrolling in CCD is to create an account and apply online. Don’t forget to save your student identification 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).

Required Enrollment Forms for Veterans

As a veteran, in addition to applying for enrollment to the College, you will need to submit the following pieces of information to the Veteran Service’s Office.

Step 3. Transfer Documents for Prior Education

You must submit an official transcript from any previous education obtained, including any Military Transcripts you might have. To request and submit Military Transcripts, learn more at the American Center for Education; otherwise, follow the directions below.

  • Send official transcripts from your previous colleges or universities directly to the CCD Admissions, Registration, and Records Office (Campus Box 215, P.O. Box 173363, Denver, CO 80217) after you have enrolled in CCD.
  • We cannot begin evaluating transcripts without having a student ID number on file. If you submit a transcript without a student ID, we place a hold until you are enrolled, which will delay your process.
  • We accept transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and as specified by Colorado Community College System (CCCS) articulation agreements.
  • We will evaluate your transfer credits on a course-by-course basis. You must have a grade of a "C" or better.
  • Courses with a "Pass" or "Satisfactory" will only transfer if there is documentation on the back of the transcript showing that it is equivalent to a "C-" grade or higher.
  • Graduate- and/or doctoral-level course work will not automatically transfer into CCD. This will need approval by the Dean of the specific degree program. Contact our office with any questions you might have.

Step 4. Apply for Financial Aid

Veterans are eligible to apply for financial aid and receive your GI Bill. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is your application for all federal and state grants, loans, and work-study.

  • Learn more about Financial Aid.
  • CCD’s Educational Opportunity Center will help you apply for Financial Aid. Call 303.352.8746 to get assistance.
  • CCD’s school code is: 009542
  • Start early! The financial aid process takes four to six weeks.
  • The FAFSA’s deadline is April 15.
  • Apply for CCD scholarships.

Step 5. Activate Your CCD eMail Account

Your student CCDConnect email account is the official means of communication between you and the College. At least once a week you should sign in to the CCDConnect web portal and view your registration, financial aid status, and check your email.

Step 6. Meet the Assessment Requirement

You must meet assessment requirements in the areas of math, reading, and English. In order to register for classes must do one of the following:

A. Take the placement test to assess your current academic skill level. Before you take the test you are strongly encouraged to prepare for the test.


B. Provide a copy of your ACT or SAT results to the Testing Center for Accuplacer exemption. You must have obtained the following scores to be exempt:

  • ACT | English  18 | Math 19
  • SAT | Critical Reading 440 | Math 460

Learn more about Exemptions from the Accuplacer and getting your transcript and testing scores reviewed.

Step 7. Attend New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation is required for all new students and is a great opportunity for you to learn all about your life at CCD. Learn about upcoming dates and register for your New Student Orientation.

  • A hold will be placed on your account until you have attended a session, so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up!

Step 8. Get Academic Advising

Get the academic advising process started early as your advising session is your opportunity to find out what classes you should start in at CCD. Use the information here to determine your academic advising route.

  1. If you are undecided or undeclared in a major, visit the Academic Advising Center.
  2. If you have a declared and confirmed major or program, you will visit your program advisor. For example, if you are interested in a Health Sciences program, your program advisors at the Health Sciences Center at Lowry will assist you.
  3. If you tested into ESL classes, meet with the ESL Advisor in Cherry Creek 307

Step 9. Register for Classes

Register for your classes early for the best selection of classes and times. Also, authorize CCD to apply your COF Stipend to your tuition bill through CCDConnect.

Step 10. Complete the Payment Process

Pay your tuition and fees in full at least one week before classes start.

  • If you miss the payment deadline, you may be dropped from all classes and your original classes may no longer be available.
  • Payment options are available, learn more at the Cashier’s Office.

Contact Us

While a student on campus, you will have access to a wide variety of services to help you adjust to campus life, study and get tutoring, as well as finding other veterans just like you. Connect with Veteran’s Support Services.


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Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address
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P.O. Box 173363
Denver, CO 80217