Catalog 2019-2020 
    Aug 16, 2022  
Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Aims Community College is an equal opportunity institution. The college prohibits discrimination in its practices, programs, and activities on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability and is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual or other harassment and retaliation.

A completed Application for Admission is required for all new students and students returning after an absence of one year. This applies to all students, including those taking courses for self-improvement or personal interest only. No admission fee is required. 

Some programs, such as Radiologic Technology, require a separate, additional application for admission into the program to be submitted to the specific division. Admission to the College does not imply entry into any program which has selective admission standards. The College may deny admission or re-enrollment to individuals who cannot benefit from the programs/courses offered or if an applicant’s mental or physical disability may, in the opinion of the College, appear to be impractical or dangerous.

Aims uses a multiple measures approach to determine college-readiness and class/course placement. View the Testing Center site for more information.

Aims Community College does not require (but strongly encourages) immunization for measles or other diseases prior to admission. Students are urged to consult their personal health care provider regarding potential health risks.

Tuition Classification

In general, students pay in-state or out-of-state tuition based on their residency status in Colorado. There are multiple ways to qualify for in-state tuition. The most common methods to qualify:

  • Attend a Colorado high school for at least six academic terms from three separate academic years, graduated or receive a GED, and then immediately attend college in Colorado.  
  • If you are under the age of 23 and do not meet this qualification, you may still qualify if your parent or court-appointed legal guardian lives in Colorado for 365 days before the first day of class and has taken steps to make Colorado their permanent home (Includes: a Colorado driver’s license or I.D., filing Colorado state taxes, registering to vote in Colorado, etc.).
  • If you are age 23 or over, you may qualify if you have lived in Colorado for 365 days before the first day of class and have taken steps to make Colorado your permanent home (Includes: a Colorado driver’s license or I.D., filing Colorado state taxes, registering to vote in Colorado, etc.).
  • Active-duty members of the armed forces of the United States and Canada, on permanent duty station in Colorado, and their dependents are also eligible for in-state status, regardless of how long they have lived in Colorado.

In addition, students who qualify for in-state tuition and live in the Aims tax district (which includes most of Weld County and small sections of adjoining Larimer and Adams counties), may qualify for an even lower in-district tuition rate.   

Additional information regarding Colorado residency for tuition purposes can be found at the Colorado Department of Higher Education website

Initial Classification

Initial Residency Classification for tuition purposes is made at the point of admission based upon information the student supplies in the Application for Admission. Failure to answer all questions on the Application or failure to supply any requested documentation results in a pending residency status and the student will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate.

Changes in Tuition Classification

Students who are classified as “pending” can fill out an Application Addendum and return it to the Student Enrollment Office for reclassification.  Students will remain responsible for paying their student account based on the out-of-state rate until their Colorado residency is determined.

Individuals who were initially classified as Out-of-State, but feel they meet the requirements for in-state tuition should submit a petition for in-state tuition classification to the Student Enrollment Office. The burden of proof rests upon the petitioner who has the responsibility to submit a petition with the required documentation by the first day of the semester in which the student plans to attend. Only photocopies of requested documents should be submitted with the petition because all information submitted becomes part of the person’s permanent record and cannot be returned to the petitioner.

Students remain a non-resident until they have received notification from the Tuition Classification Officer indicating a residency change has been approved. Students who are petitioning for in-state tuition classification remain responsible for paying their student account based upon their current tuition classification.


Application Addendums should be returned to Student Enrollment Office as soon as possible, but no later than the drop deadline for the current term.

Completed petitions may be submitted to the Student Enrollment Office as early as 90 days prior to the term for which the individual desires a change in classification BUT NO LATER THAN THE FIRST CLASS DAY OF THE TERM. The student should allow a minimum of two weeks for the petition to be processed. If additional information is required, it must be submitted within 15 days from the original petition unless special arrangements are made with the Tuition Classification Officer.


Any student who is denied in-state tuition classification by the Tuition Classification Officer may appeal that decision to the Registrar. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Registrar no later than two weeks after the denial decision has been sent to the student. The decision of the Registrar is the final College determination. There can be no retroactive changes in classification.

Campus Tours and Get Started Sessions

Aims provides a virtual tour that highlights each of our sites: Greeley, Fort Lupton, Windsor and Loveland. Visit our campus virtually at

If you would like to see the Greeley Campus in person, consider joining us for an on-campus tour. Tours for prospective students are from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Prospective students can view tour dates and RSVP at:

Get Started Sessions - Attend a personalized Get Started Session!  During the session, we will walk you through the process of applying to attend Aims, answer your questions, and help you prepare to get started at Aims. Email us for an appointment at or call 970-330-8008 and press ‘0.’

Wednesday Webinars (Online Get Started Sessions) - Virtually attend a group Get Started Session or view it on-demand! The webinar covers the same information outlined above in the personalized Get Started Session. Prospective students can view the on-demand version Wednesday Webinar dates and RSVP at:

If you need accommodations, please contact Disability Access Services at 970.339.6388 or email


Admission Procedure

For Domestic Students:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Apply for Financial Aid and scholarships, if needed. 
  3. If pursuing an Aims certificate or degree program and a high school or other college was previously attended, you may provide a transcript of high school or college credits, a record of GED completion, or ACT/SAT scores.
  4. All new incoming students are required to take the College Student Inventory (CSI).
  5. Complete the on-line New Student Orientation located on the Student Tab in your myAims account.  This step is required for students pursuing an Aims certificate or degree.  The Orientation is also recommended for personal interest students.
  6. Make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor.
  7. If transferring credits, see the TRANSFER CREDIT section for the procedure (see Transfer Credit and Credit for Prior Learning ).
  8. Students under age 18 must have the signature of their parent or legal guardian on the Application for Admission, or submit a signed Parent’s Statement for Applicants Under the Age of 18.
  9. Students under age 16 are required to complete additional steps for admission and registration. Contact us at 970-339-6404 for details.

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