How to Get Started
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:
- Grants and Scholarships (generally, not paid back)
- Loans (must be paid back)
- Work study (work part-time to earn money while attending Aims)
- 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 & Assessment
Complete the online New Student Orientation
The online New Student Orientation will help you get off to a good start at Aims.
- Log into your myAims account, click on the Student tab, and click on the New Student Orientation link.
- It’s required if you are pursuing a degree or certificate, but all students are encouraged
- You can view it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace. Computer labs are available
on all campuses if you don't have internet access.
Assess for college placement or provide transcripts
Assessment in reading, English, and math helps determine proper course-level placement
and is required for those individuals who are certificate/degree seeking (some certificate
programs are exempt). Assessment is also a prerequisite requirement for courses like
English, math and science; it is not required for courses like PE, art, or conversational
Assessment may be met these ways through proper documentation:
- ACT (Reading 17, English 18, Math 19) *
- SAT (Before March 2016: Reading 430, Sentence Skills 440, Math 460; After March 2016:
Reading and Sentence Skills 470, Math 500) *
- Accuplacer (Reading Comprehension 40, Sentence Skills 95, Elementary Algebra 85) *
- Successful completion (“C” or higher) of an equivalent college-level math and/or writing
course from a regionally accredited school **
* Scores are valid for a period of three years from the date taken.
** Grades must be within the past 10 years.
Otherwise, visit an Aims campus to take the Accuplacer assessment. For more information
and for access to review resources, visit the Testing Center webpage.
Step 3 - 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.
- Greeley (970) 339-6251
- Fort Lupton (303) 857-4022, ext. 4300
- Loveland (970) 667-4611, ext. 3300
- Windsor (970) 339-6690
Register for classes
- Register online using your myAims account.
- Consider AAA 090: This class can help you make connections with other students while
you learn strategies to boost your grades and success in college. You’ll learn how
to work smarter, not harder. Whether you are learning to take notes from fast-talking
professors or strategies for reading and remembering hundreds of textbook pages, the
Advancing Academic Achievement class can make you a better student.
Step 4 - Pay Tuition & Fees
Pay for classes
Step 5 - Prepare for Classes
Prepare for classes
- Buy books and supplies in the Aims bookstore or online.
- Get a Student ID Card and Parking permit at the Student Leadership and Development Office:
GREELEY & WINDSOR: Visit the Greeley Student Leadership and Development Office, College Center, Rm. 130.*
FORT LUPTON & LOVELAND: Visit the campus to get your student ID card.
*Windsor students can obtain a parking permit at the Windsor Campus Safety desk in
- Learn about services for students and how to use myAims.