Only two years passed between the birth of the idea of a community college in Greeley, Colorado until Aims Community College opened its doors in 1967 enrolling nearly one thousand students. Through the decades, Aims has continued to invest millions of dollars constructing thousands of square feet and implementing innovative programming. Today, Aims Community College incorporates three campuses, in Greeley, Fort Lupton, and Loveland, along with online opportunities. Students can choose from over 160 degree and certificate programs. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in Aims Community College and the student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1.
Aims Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, multiple academic programs also retain individual accreditation and approval by recognized agencies.
Aims Community College awards Associate’s degrees in Applied Science, Arts, Science and General Studies, in addition to Career and Technical Education certificates in more than fifty fields. Students can pursue educational programs in business, education, engineering, nursing, among others. For students desiring to transfer to a four-year program, Aims Community College maintains a transfer alliance partnership with the online program at Franklin University, located in Columbus, Ohio. Along with degree programs and certificates, Aims Community College also houses Aims Continuing Education that offers training programs for professional and personal development. Working professionals can complete a certificate in CPR and First Aid or enroll in the Pharmacy Technician Training program. Likewise, classes such as Ceramics and Fitness Walking benefit community members seeking personal enrichment.
Aims Community College offers online courses through both degree programs and the Continuing Education Division. Students can choose numerous credit courses ranging from Art History and English Composition to Law Enforcement Operations and Medical Terminology. Additionally, Aims Community College has just established an online Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies that can be earned entirely online, or combined with on-campus classes. Online classes are conducted asynchronously, and students interact via web-based chat rooms and message boards. Lessons may include audio/video presentations and some classes may require proctored exams. Students can access technical support and tutorial services for necessary help. The Aims Online Campus Orientation site aids students’ explorations of online learning through a self-assessment, computer setup, and a sample course.
Tuition at Aims is based on residency. The following rates include tuition for both fall and spring semesters, but do not allow for additional fees, like book supplies or transportation costs:
- In-district, $2,115
- Out-of-District, $3,036
- Western Undergraduate, $4,304
- Out-of-State, $10,704
Aims Community College provides financial aid for eligible students in the forms of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Grants include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, the Aims College Grant, and the Colorado State Grant. In addition, the Aims Community College sponsors merit-based scholarships and the Aims Foundation supports more than 80 scholarships for qualifying students. Students can also access loans, like the Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans. Aims also is approved to offer VA Educational Benefits, including the:
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
- Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Dependents Educational Assistance Program
- Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program
- Educational Assistance Test Program
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program
- Veterans Retraining Assistant Program.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but les than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:2,705
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