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A number of programs will help you choose where to go, learn about financing, and get help along the way. Technical colleges may be another option to get started on a career, as well. COVID 19 UPDATE: MOST RESOURCES LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE BY PHONE OR THROUGH EMAIL. BE PERSISTENT! YOU MAY NEED TO CALL OR EMAIL SEVERAL TIMES.

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Colorado Community College System

9101 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver CO 80230

Statewide

Statewide

The Colorado Community College System is the governing body for all community and technical colleges in the state. Community colleges offer a variety of remedial education classes to prepare for the college classroom. To get to the full list of community colleges in the state, click on the website and then click on "Our Colleges" for a drop-down link for each community college.

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Educational Opportunity Center at Colorado State University

1405 S College, Fort Collins CO 80524

Help with college info/application for people in northern CO

Northeast, Northwest

Fort Collins

The Educational Opportunity Center is in the Access Center at Colorado State University. The EOC helps people in Adams, Larimer and Weld counties prepare for any school, college, or university. The help is free. You can call the number below or email EducationalOpportunityCenter@colostate.edu for more info. The EOC is located in a house, and there is a small parking lot behind that you may use.

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Educational Opportunity Center at Community College of Denver

1111 W Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Help with college info/applications for people in Denver metro area

Denver Metro

Denver

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is housed at and administered through Community College of Denver (CCD) on the Auraria Campus, but it's open to everyone in the six-county metro area. The folks at the EOC help people prepare for college in many ways, starting with career exploration, deciding upon a college, helping with the admissions paperwork, financial aid application, and scholarship info for low-income and first-generation students. The EOC is in the Cherry Creek building on the campus in suite 137.

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Emily Griffith Technical College

1870 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203

Denver

Emily Griffith Technical College is one of three technical public colleges in Colorado. It is located in Denver and offers hands-on training certificates. There is no fee to apply but there is a tuition cost. They do have scholarships available, with new courses starting every month. You can apply online using their online application or in person at the Admissions Welcome Desk.

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Federal Student Aid

Statewide

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an online application that determines if you are eligible for a Pell grant as well as other grants and loans to help you pay for college. Use the website link to submit the application online or call the main line to ask for a paper copy. To learn more, it’s best to make an appointment with the financial aid office at the school you want to attend. They will provide support for the FAFSA application and provide education on other financial aid options. The Colorado Department of Higher Education is posting videos to dispel myths about the FAFSA. We link to the one about myths, but there are several others on their YouTube channel.

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Learning Express

Statewide

EBSCO's Learning Express is a great resource when you're trying to improve yourself. For example, you can get free career preparation, free high school equivalency test preparation, free college admission test preparation, and much more. All it requires is a library card, which you can get through any public library in Colorado. Type "Tutorial Video" into the search bar to set up your free account and to learn more about their opportunities. When you're registering for an account, be sure to use your library card number as a user name. If you don't have a library card, ask library staff to help you.

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My Colorado Journey

Statewide

My Colorado Journey, formerly College in Colorado, is an online tool to learn about going to college, financial aid, career options, training options, money management, and much more. You will need to create an account with a profile, which can take a few minutes. Then you'll be able to check through the tools on the website.

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Red Rocks Community College–Gateway Program

13300 W. Sixth Ave, Lakewood CO 80228

Denver Metro

Lakewood

The College Gateway Program at Red Rocks Community College helps people who are coming out of incarceration return to college and provides moral support with friendly people and no judgment. The program starts with three courses designed to orient you to college: Academic Achievement Strategies, Quest for Identity, and Sociology of Directions and Career Creations. The program has a great reputation and provides the necessary support needed to build life skills and go to college. Call 303-914-6542 for more information.

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Students with Disabilities

1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver CO 80202

Statewide

Click on the website to see resources for School to Adult Life resources for students with disabilities and to read Colorado Options: A Handbook of Postsecondary Education Services for Students with Disabilities. It explains the options around the state for any student with disabilities. If you have a disability, be sure to ask at your school if they have a Disability Resources and Services Office. All schools and colleges should offer this service.

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Technical College of the Rockies

1765 US Highway 50, Delta CO 81416

Delta

Technical College of the Rockies is one of three technical public colleges in the state. It claims to have the lowest tuition and fees of all secondary education institutions in Colorado. Use the website link to email them or call the toll free number (888) 393-5252 to ask about courses for certified occupational certificates. The college is located in Delta, Colorado.

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TRIO Student Support Services at Community College of Denver

1111 W Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver metro

Denver

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides academic, financial, and personal guidance for current CCD students. All TRIO SSS participants are overcoming obstacles to higher education — such as limited income, being the first generation to go to college, or disability — en route to graduation and transfer. TRIO is located at Community College of Denver's Auraria campus. Call and ask about applying for their services, which are all free. The TRIO SSS office is inside the Cherry Creek building on the Auraria campus in suite 137.

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Upward Bound Veterans

Statewide

Upward Bound Veterans programs are located at Metro State University of Denver, Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. These programs provide support with basic skills, counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in core subject areas.To find your school’s Upward Bound Veterans program, look on your college’s website.

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Women Intentional About Success and Excellence program at Community College of Denver

800 Curtis Street, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

The Women Intentional About Success and Excellence (WISE) program at the Community College of Denver provides support to women with their education, networking, leadership development, access to scholarships, resource connections, and more. To apply, call the number listed and schedule an appointed with WISE Academic Advisor Nicole Rice.

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