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Enrollment Steps - Veteran Students

three veteran students talking in the Aims Veterans lounge

You are a veteran student if you are a current or former member of the active duty U.S. military, the National Guard or the Reserves enrolling in courses, or degree and certificate programs.

How to Enroll as a Veteran Student at Aims

Step 1: Apply to Aims

Whether you are a first-time college student or a transfer student, your first step is to apply to Aims. Be ready to provide your military transcripts or official transcripts from previous colleges to have prior coursework considered for transfer. 

VA regulations state that all GI Bill® beneficiaries who are Veterans submit prior college and military transcripts to the Aims Community College Registrar’s Office for evaluation. The VA requires all VA-approved learning institutions to have on file a “written record of previous education and training of the eligible person or veteran” (U.S. Code Title 38, Section 3675(b)).

If you are a Veteran of the U.S. Army, Marines, Coast Guard or Navy, you can have your military transcripts sent electronically to Aims by creating an account with the Joint Services Transcript website.

Members of the Air Force can order their Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts at the CCAF website and have transcripts mailed to Aims at:

Aims Community College
Attn: Admissions and Records
P.O. Box 69
Greeley, CO 80632

Step 2: Meet With the Aims Certifying Official

The Aims Financial Aid Office has two staff members trained as Veterans Affairs School Certifying Officials. They ensure enrollment and tuition information is reported to the VA for students using Veteran benefits to help pay for school. These staff members are dedicated to helping Veteran students connect with benefits and resources that support a successful college experience. 

You will be asked to provide documents such as your Certificate of Eligibility or DD214 to complete the required forms so your enrollment can be certified to the VA. 

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

This is optional, but all students can apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You may qualify for:

Grants and Scholarships (generally, not paid back)
Loans (must be paid back)
Work study (work part-time to earn money while attending Aims) 

There are many types of scholarships available based on merit or academics, as well as private and general scholarships by area of interest. Some scholarships are specifically for Veterans. Visit the Financial Aid Scholarships and the Aims Foundation Scholarships pages for more information. Check with your advisor to be sure your scholarship works well with your Veteran's education benefits.  

It's best to apply at least two months before classes begin. Many students apply as early as January to get help paying for classes that start in August.

Financial Aid

Step 4: Choose an Area of Study

Aims has over 200 accredited degree and certificate programs to choose from.

Step 5: Meet With Your Pathway Advisor

Your Pathway Advisor will assist you in making a suitable educational plan, determining your major and making course selections. This person will get to know you and help you develop decision-making skills you will use in your education, career and life choices. 

Be sure to submit the VA Benefits Enrollment Certification Request form in Workday.

Log into your Workday account and find your Pathway Advisor in your Support Network tab. You can email your advisor directly to request an appointment. 

Pathway Advising

Once you’ve met with your advisor, you can register for classes online in your Workday account.