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.
- Need to browse through our programs and courses before you apply? Check out the Areas of Study.
- Students with disabilities can arrange accommodations in the following ways: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (970) 339-6388, or text (970) 823-2467. Call (970) 339-6404 to set up an appointment.
Activate your Aims Community College Account
- Watch for an email with your activation code and instructions.
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 Workshop, CSI and Assessment
Complete the Introduction to Aims Workshop and College Student Inventory
The online Introduction to Aims Workshop and College Student Inventory (CSI) will
help you get off to a good start at Aims.
- Log into your myAims account, click on the registration + advising + graduation box, and click on the appropriate link.
- Required if you are pursuing a degree or certificate, but all students are encouraged
- The CSI will provide you and your advisor information about your academic motivations and areas Aims can assist you to be more
- Complete anytime, anywhere and at your own pace. Computer labs are available on all
campuses if you don't have internet access.
Multiple Measures Academic Assessment
Share your academic background
Aims uses multiple measures to determine college readiness.
Share your academic background in multiple ways:
- High school transcript with overall GPA and English or math courses completed with
a C or higher**
- ACT (Reading 17, English 18, Math 19)*
- SAT (Before March 2016: Critical Reading/Verbal 430/440, Math 460; After March 2016:
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 470, Math 500)*
- Successful completion (“C” or higher) of an equivalent college-level math and/or writing
course from a regionally accredited school**
Additional measures include the PARCC**, GED**, HISET**, TASC** and Accuplacer*. Please
see the Assessment page for more information. Please note that college transcripts must be official
and submitted to email@example.com. Any other transcripts can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Scores are valid for a period of three years from the date taken.
**Grades must be within the past 10 years.
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) 339-6443
- Fort Lupton (303) 857-4022, ext. 5327
- Loveland (970) 667-4611, ext. 3300
- Windsor (970) 339-6690
Register for classes
- Register online using your myAims account.
- Consider AAA 109: 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 Activities, Inclusion & Leadership
GREELEY & WINDSOR: Visit the Greeley Student Activities, Inclusion & Leadership (SAIL) Office, College
Center, Rm. 131.*
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
- Attend Arty's Orientation and register for AIMS101 First-Year Seminar: www.aims.edu/student/transitions-center.
- Learn about services for students and how to use myAims.