Financial Aid

Veterans Services

The Office of Financial Aid provides resources and services that support Veterans pursuing their education at Aims Community College. 

Aims is extremely proud of its long-standing relationship with the men and women in uniform who bravely serve this country and thankful for the sacrifices and commitment of their family members. 

Our mission is to enhance the educational experience of Veterans and eligible family members by providing access to education benefits within a supportive environment. Our staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality, comprehensive support to student Veterans in an atmosphere of commitment, respect and academic excellence.

 

Veterans Affairs School Certifying Officials

Aims currently has two staff members in the Office of Financial Aid who are trained as Veterans Affairs School Certifying Officials. They ensure that enrollment and tuition information are 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. 

Steps for Veterans Pursuing a College Education

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Whether you are a first time college student or a transfer student, your first step is to visit the Admissions link and follow the steps 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

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

All students can apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This aid can be for grants, loans, and/or work-study. 

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 Veterans education benefits.  

All new Aims students must complete the online College Student Inventory "CSI".  Students enrolling in remedial courses may need to complete the ACCUPLACER Placement Exam. Visit the Testing Center to learn more.

Aims has over 200 accredited degrees and certificates to choose from.

Your Pathway advisor will assist you in developing a suitable educational plan, making your course selections and determining your major. 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 present the VA Benefits Enrollment Certification Request form for your advisor's signature.

Aims Career Services is here to support you with your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills. 

Resources For Veterans

Current students are also eligible to receive up to six free counseling sessions in private offices with qualified counselors on the Greeley, Fort Lupton or Loveland campuses. If you’re struggling with anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, relational conflict, depression, coping strategies, parenting issues or life transitions, we encourage you to contact the counselor at your location to set up an appointment.
 

This club assists Aims students who are veterans of the nation’s Armed Forces to smoothly transition from a life of service to education.

We encourage you to attend Arty's Orientation, which will connect you with the key Aims personnel who can help you successfully start your academic path. Registration is online through your myAims.

You put on an excellent orientation for us veterans; far more information than I ever got in my two semesters at my previous school. Thank you for going that extra mile.  ~ Dan Black, veteran student

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U. S. Government website at benefits.va.gov/gibill

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs --  GI Bill Education Benefits 

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Military OneSource provides valuable information for active duty and reserve members and their families with confidential help related to family and relationships, financial and legal, health and wellness, education and employment and deployment transition.

Make The Connection allows veterans to search for support resources for themselves and their family.

Weld County Veterans Service Office
1008 9th Street
Greeley, CO  80631
(970) 304-6595

VA Medical Center Cheyenne (VAMC)
2360 E. Pershing Boulevard.
Cheyenne, WY 82001
(888) 483-9127

VA Regional Office Denver
155 Van Gordon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
(800) 827-1000

Colorado Department of Veterans Readiness and Employment Services
Greeley Office
822  W. 7th Street, Suite 350
Greeley, CO 80631
(970)353-5409

State of Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Employment Services of Weld County
Tim Marquart
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist
315 North 11th Avenue Building B
Greeley, CO 80632
(970) 353-3800, ext..\ 6769

Fort Collins VA Vet Center
Larimer and Weld Counties
702 W. Drake, Building “C”
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 221-5176

Volunteers of America (VOA)
Colorado Branch
“Back Home” Program
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
405 Canyon Avenue #A
Fort. Collins, CO 80526
(970) 472-9630
 

These tips are courtesy of the National Association of Veterans’ Programs Administrator (NAVPA) and Aims Community College. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U. S. Government website at benefits.va.gov/gibill.

If you have further questions about financial aid for veterans, please visit the Veteran Benefits FAQ page.