Returning Students

If it has been more than a year since you attended Aims, you will need to fill out a new application.  

If you left Aims on academic probation (or suspension) contact the Admissions Office at (970) 339-6404 or to discuss the steps you need to take to return.  If you left on financial aid probation (or suspension) you should speak to the Financial Aid Office at (970) 339-6548 or if you wish to receive aid.

Step 1 - Apply for Admission & Financial Assistance

Apply for Admission to Aims

Complete the online application, or apply in person at any Aims Campus.

Apply for Financial Aid, if needed

This is optional, but it's free to apply. You may qualify for:

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

Aims scholarship information

Step 2 - Complete Orientation

Complete the online New Student Orientation

If it has been more than a year since you attended Aims, the online New Student Orientation will update you on any changes that have taken place since the last time you attended.

Step 3 - Academic and Personal Assessment

Share your academic background.

Assessment of your background in reading, English, and math helps determine best course-level placement. There are minimum academic requirements for students seeking certificates/degrees (some programs have alternate or additional requirements). Courses like English, math and science have minimum requirements called pre-requisites; pre-requisistes are not required for courses like PE, art, or conversational foreign language.

Share your academic background in multiple ways:

Additional measures include the PARCC**, GED**, HISET**, TASC** and Accuplacer*. Please see the Assessment page for more information. You may send your transcripts or test scores to or bring them with you when you take the CSI.

* Scores are valid for a period of three years from the date taken.
** Grades must be within the past 10 years.

Take the personal assessment.

Visit the testing center to take the Ruffalo College Student Inventory (CSI) which will provide you and your advisor information about your academic motivations and areas Aims can assist you to be more successful.

Step 4 - Meet Advisor & Register

Meet with an Academic Advisor

Call for an appointment. You do not have to meet with an advisor if you are taking classes for personal interest.

Register for classes

Step 5 - Pay Tuition & Fees

Pay for classes

Step 6 - Prepare for Classes

Prepare for classes