Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for: High School Programs

  1. Will my classes transfer to another college or university?
  2. What are the State Guaranteed Transfer Courses?
  3. Can I take other classes that will transfer besides the Guaranteed Transfer courses?
  4. When are you open for placement testing?
  5. Can I use a calculator for the math portion of the Accuplacer?
  6. Do I have to take the Accuplacer placement test?
  7. How many times can I take the Accuplacer placement test?
  8. What do my placement test scores mean?
  9. Do you have study guides for the Accuplacer?
  10. Who qualifies for in-district tuition rates?
  11. How much does it cost to go to Aims?
  12. Why is Aims not involved with COF?
  13. How can I order my official transcript?
  14. Can I request a transcript over the phone or by email?
  15. What does FERPA really mean for me?
  16. Is there a fee to fill out the Application for Admission?
  17. When can I apply for admission?
  18. I am still in High School. Can I take classes at Aims?
  19. How do I drop a class? How do I withdraw from a class? What's the difference?
  20. How can I contact the Cashiers office?
  21. Can my parents pay for my classes?
  22. How do online courses work?
  23. Where can I get help if I need it?
  24. How is "Dual Credit" different from high school AP courses?
  25. How does my college credit transfer back for high school credit?
  26. Will I automatically be dropped from a class if I stop attending?
  27. Will my schedule be the same at Aims as it is at my high school?

Will my classes transfer to another college or university?

This depends on what courses you take at Aims and what program of study you will be working on at the transfer college. It is important that you work closely with your advisor and check with the receiving institution to determine if certain courses will transfer. We do have transfer guides to help us determine if a course is likely to transfer. Please note that a grade of “C” or better must be achieved in courses to be considered for transfer credit.

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What are the State Guaranteed Transfer Courses?

These courses will transfer to the receiving institution as completing either a general education requirement or a degree requirement for students who transfer to a Liberal Arts major at a Colorado four-year public college. These courses are marked with the GT identifier in the Aims catalog (Ex., SS1, CO1, etc.). More information about State Guaranteed Transfer courses and GT Pathways may be found at http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html or by contacting an Aims advisor.

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Can I take other classes that will transfer besides the Guaranteed Transfer courses?

Absolutely. You will need to work closely with your Aims advisor as well as checking with the specific 4-year institution about the acceptance of transfer credits before you enroll. Some majors require specific general education courses to be completed as part of your 2-year degree in order to finish a 4-year degree in a timely manner. Please see 4-year transfer guides. Approved elective courses for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees are identified in the Aims Community College Catalog under "Approved Degree Electives."

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When are you open for placement testing?

Visit the Testing Center website to view hours.

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Can I use a calculator for the math portion of the Accuplacer?

Please do not bring a calculator. A calculator is provided for many of the questions on the Elementary Algebra section of the Accuplacer.

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Do I have to take the Accuplacer placement test?

According to the Statewide Remedial Education Policy, all degree/certificate seeking students must assess in mathematics, English and reading. If you have completed one of the following, no additional assessment is required:
  • Scored a 19 or higher on the ACT Mathematics section, an 18 or higher on the ACT English and a 17 or higher on the ACT Reading section.
  • Scored 430 or higher on the SAT Verbal for Reading, a 440 or higher on the SAT Verbal for English and a 460 or higher on the SAT Mathematics
  • Scored 85 or higher on the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test, a 95 or higher on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills test and an 80 or higher on the Reading Comprehension Test.
  • Successfully completed (C or higher/Satisfactory completion) a college-level mathematics and college level writing course


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How many times can I take the Accuplacer placement test?

For more information please see the Accuplacer Retest Policy.

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What do my placement test scores mean?

The total right score shows how many of the questions you could expect to answer correctly if you took a test made up of 120 questions. It is imperative that you sit down with an advisor after completing the Accuplacer. Your advisor will go over the score report and talk about classes that are a good fit for you based upon your test results.

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Do you have study guides for the Accuplacer?

Access Accuplacer Study Guides

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Who qualifies for in-district tuition rates?

The boundaries of the Aims Junior College District align with the boundaries of 12 school districts in Weld County plus small portions of Adams, Larimer, Logan and Morgan counties and the city and county of Broomfield. Residents of any of the following school districts qualify for in-district tuition rates: Greeley/Evans District 6, RE-1, RE-2, RE-3J, RE-4, RE-5J, RE-7, RE-8, RE-9J, RE-10J, RE-11J and RE-12. To see if you qualify for in-district tuition, contact the Admissions and Records Office at (970) 339-6349.

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How much does it cost to go to Aims?

Aims maintains the best education value in the Front Range. View Aims Community College current Tuition and Fee rates. Aims Community College rates are based on the residency of the student at time of registration.

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Why is Aims not involved with COF?

College Opportunity Fund FAQs

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How can I order my official transcript?

The best way to order your transcript is online through your “myAims” account (you will need your username and password, but if you’ve forgotten either, you can still log in through the “Username/Password Help” link). Students may also request a transcript in person, by US Postal Mail, or by fax, but all requests must be signed by the student.
  • Online: Log into myAims and on the “Student” tab choose the link that says "Order Transcript".

  • In person: Official transcripts may be ordered at each of the campuses at the Admissions/Student Services Counter. Please bring a photo ID.

  • By Mail: Send a request with your signature to:
    Aims Community College
    Admissions & Records
    PO Box 69
    Greeley, CO 80632

  • By Fax: Due to the occasional unreliability of fax technology, the faxing option is not recommended. However, if you have a reliable fax machine or service and this is the only way you can order, you may fax a request with your signature to (970) 475-2356.
When sending request by postal mail or fax, include the following information (a printable Transcript Request form is available)
  • Student name
  • Previous names used when attending Aims
  • Social Security Number or student ID used while at Aims
  • Complete name and address to which transcripts are to be sent
  • Number of copies needed
  • Date last attended
  • Each request must be signed and dated. Please also include a current address and phone number we can try to reach you should there be a problem with your request.


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Can I request a transcript over the phone or by email?

No. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that a signature must be obtained in order to release a student’s transcript.

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What does FERPA really mean for me?

To ensure the confidentiality and protection of your student records:
  • You must provide picture identification for in-person access to services and your records.
  • You must select your private password and security question when activating your myAims Logon, which ONLY YOU will use to access web-based records and services.
  • For your protection, services over the telephone and e-mail may be limited if the college person you are calling or emailing does not know you or is not confident of your identity.
  • Students must use their confidential (e-mail) User I.D. and Password for registration, drop/add, fee payment and grade information on the Web.
  • Your directory information may be released to anyone who asks, unless you take specific steps to prevent the release of your information (see next question).


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Is there a fee to fill out the Application for Admission?

No admissions fee is required as a condition of admission.

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When can I apply for admission?

Students may apply for admission at any time.

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I am still in High School. Can I take classes at Aims?

Yes. Many high school students take Aims classes. Your high school counselor can help you with the admissions procedure. See our High School Programs page for more information.

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How do I drop a class? How do I withdraw from a class? What's the difference?

You can drop a class either in person or online during the first 15% of the class. A dropped class results in a refund, doesn't show up on your transcript and doesn't impact your GPA. After the drop period, and until 75% of the class is complete, you may withdraw from a class. You may withdraw either in person or online. A withdrawn class does not result in a refund and will result in a grade of "W", but the grade doesn't impact your GPA.

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How can I contact the Cashiers office?

The Cashiers Office can be contacted by phone, mail or email. Please refer to the Cashiers Office website at for the current contact information. Our general email address for all student questions in reference to your student tuition account is cashier@aims.edu. During peak volume times, it is suggested to contact us in person in order for you to complete your business.

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Can my parents pay for my classes?

Parents can pay for your classes. Parents can mail in a check with your Aims student ID number indicated in the memo area of the check and/or with the bottom portion of your bill. Parents are welcome to come in person to or call any Cashiers Office to make a payment. Due to FERPA privacy regulations, we can not release the balance of your account to your parent and/or any other person unless you completed, signed and submitted a Release of Confidential Information form to Admissions and Records indicating certain information we can release to the person(s) you indicated on the form.

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How do online courses work?

In Aims online courses, you learn entirely online, using your computer with Internet access. Some classes require one on-campus orientation session and/or testing in an on-campus lab or at another proctored site. The course content is presented through web pages, audio/video presentations and other means. Communication tools, such as web-based chat rooms, message boards and email, allow students to interact with the instructor and other classmates. Assignments may be uploaded to the site, which is much like creating an attachment in email.

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Where can I get help if I need it?

There is a lot of information for online students on the Aims Online Campus web pages. You can find Aims Online Tutorials, Sample Course, Lab Orientation Schedules, Online Learning Tips at http://www.aims.edu/online/orientation For General Information and Assistance: Contact the Online Learning Office 970 339 6476 onlinelearning@aims.edu For Technical Help: Contact the Aims Help Desk 970 339 6380 helpdesk@aims.edu For Course Information or Help: Contact your instructor. The Academic Resource Center at all of our campuses is also available to online students.

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How is "Dual Credit" different from high school AP courses?

Both courses are taught at the college level, but by participating in a dual credit class you get college credit immediately upon successful completion of the course. In an AP course, you must pass the end-of-course exam to be eligible to apply for college credit once you graduated from high school. Usually, a student who took an AP course while in high school and passed the end-of-course exam must "petition" the college after attending one semester to accept the AP course as college credit. In most cases, the college will accept it for college credit. The bottom line is you don't have to wait to be awarded college credit. Another difference is that dual credit courses are taught by faculty who hold at least a master's degree with a minimum of 18 graduate-level hours in the subject he/she teaches. High school AP courses don't have to meet this requirement.

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How does my college credit transfer back for high school credit?

At the end of the semester when you finish your college class, you must request an official transcript to be sent to the high school. High schools generally award .25 - .75 high school credits for each college credit.

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Will I automatically be dropped from a class if I stop attending?

No. If you stop attending a class Aims will not automatically drop you from the class roster. You must actively Drop a class before 15% of the class term has been completed. Dropping a class entitles you to a full tuition refund (minus the matriculation fee). If you do not attend the class and fail to satisfy course requirements, you will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

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Will my schedule be the same at Aims as it is at my high school?

Aims schedule varies from the high school schedule, so be sure you know when each school has vacations, breaks, and changes to their schedule. If you are taking a class at Aims, you will follow the Aims calendar for the semester that you are attending. If you are taking a class at your high school, taught by a high school instructor, you will follow your high school schedule.

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