Jun 15, 2024  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Financial Aid Overview, Applications, and Eligibility

Colorado Mountain College is committed to equal educational opportunity for all students. Staff is available at all campuses to help you with general information, application procedures, financial aid counseling and other related issues. If you have questions about financial aid, please call, e-mail, or write us at:

Colorado Mountain College
Office of Student Financial Aid
802 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
E-mail: finaid@coloradomtn.edu

For your convenience see our quick and indexed source of financial aid information at: CMC Financial Aid.

In addition to several loan options, Colorado Mountain College offers grants and over 140 different scholarships and work study opportunities, funded from both public and private sources. These are described in detail in the Scholarships, Grant Programs, Loan Programs, and Work-Study Programs sections. This section describes the Financial Aid application and eligibility determination process and, if applicable, the award repayment process. Federal Stafford loan awards are determined by the number of completed credits that are applicable to the active degree program as follows:

Grade Level 1:  0 - 29 Credit Hours

Grade Level 2: 30 - 59 Credit Hours

Grade Level 3: 60 - 89 Credit Hours

Grade Level 4: 90 - 120 Credit Hours

See Loan Programs for more details.

Financial Aid Application Process

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), online at www.fafsa.ed.gov no later than October 1 for the following aid year. You will be required to obtain an FSA ID and use it throughout the application process. You need to insert the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) code 004506 in order for us to receive your application information. It is important to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) that is embedded in the application process. This allows the IRS to automatically place the correct income tax information into your application.

To complete your financial aid process, Colorado Mountain College may be required to request additional information before your information can be processed. You will not receive an award until all requested documentation is received and reviewed. Applications received before March 31 receive priority consideration for the following academic year. Submissions received after this date will be processed and approved for assistance as funds are available. You are encouraged to complete the FAFSA even if you have missed the priority date.

Sometimes the application process does not reflect a family’s current situation - due to special circumstances such as death, divorce or separation, disability, loss of employment, natural disasters, etc.  In such a case, you should complete the Special Circumstances Form, follow all instructions and fax to (970) 947-8318.


Summer Semester Financial Aid Application Process

Beginning with the 2017-2018 aid year, the Financial Aid Self Service portal will assist students in determining if they have remaining Pell grant eligibility and will include instructions on how to request summer aid.

Be advised, funds are limited and may not be available for summer.

Transfer Student Financial Aid Application Process

Complete the FAFSA online, and add our code 004506. If you transfer schools mid-year, it is important to speak with your financial aid specialist at CMC, as the funding received at a different school can impact your eligibility at Colorado Mountain College.

Disbursement of Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans will first be applied toward your outstanding semester balance owed to the college. Financial aid awarded in excess of outstanding semester balance will be disbursed by check to you approximately two weeks into the semester, unless eligibility requirements are not met.

Exception: For first time borrowers, disbursement of loan funds will occur 30 days after the beginning of the semester. For students receiving a one-semester loan, two disbursements will be made. The first half will disburse two weeks (or 30 days for first time borrowers) after the semesters begins; the second half will disburse at the middle of the semester.

It is important to note that federal financial aid can only pay for coursework fully acceptable to the eligible degree program in which you are enrolled. If you do not begin attendance in any class, your financial aid may be delayed or reduced. This may happen before or after disbursement. If financial aid is reduced after disbursement for non-attendance, you may owe a repayment back to the federal student aid programs. Failure to repay can lead to ineligibility for federal student aid nation-wide. Generally, Federal student aid cannot pay for coursework numbered below the 100 level in the catalog. Certain exceptions apply such as remedial courses as determined by student Accuplacer scores.

Demonstrating Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students receiving federal and/or state-funded financial aid are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to ensure that they are making reasonable progress toward obtaining a degree or certificate. In addition to maintaining a cumulative 2.0 grade point average, students must maintain a cumulative completion rate of 67 percent. Also, students have a maximum time frame in which to complete their degree. This standard applies to their entire academic career and includes transfer credits, regardless of whether financial aid was disbursed for that coursework. Students failing to meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines may lose their financial aid eligibility. Students do have the right to appeal. If a student is placed on an academic plan after appeal, the stipulations included in that plan must be followed to the letter, or the student will lose federal aid eligibility.

The detailed Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and appeals process can be found on the CMC Financial Aid webpage titled Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Reestablishing Financial Aid Eligibility

Once a student is placed on financial aid termination, he or she will need to submit an appeal for consideration of reinstatement. Other avenues to reestablish financial aid eligibility include attending classes without financial aid and bringing the deficient area of SAP back into good standing. Also, in some cases a student who moves into a higher level degree program may get relief from the Max Timer Frame rule if under the new program a student has not attempted at least 150% of the coursework needed to complete the new program.

Returning Title IV Funds

Once classes have started, federal regulations specify how a school must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that a student has earned if s/he withdraws from school. The Title IV programs that are covered by these rules are: Federal Pell Grants, Direct Loans, PLUS Direct Loans, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs).

When you withdraw during your payment period, the amount of Title IV program assistance that you have earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If you receive (or your school or parent received on your behalf) less assistance than the amount that you earned, you may be able to receive those additional funds. If you received more assistance than you earned, the excess funds must be returned by the school and/or you.

The amount of assistance that you have earned is determined on a prorated basis. For example, if you completed 30 percent of your payment period or period of enrollment, you earn 30 percent of the assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. Once you have completed more than 60 percent of the payment period or period of enrollment, you earn all the assistance that you were scheduled to receive for that period.

If you did not receive all the funds that you earned, you may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. If your post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, CMC must get your permission before disbursing them.

You may choose to decline some or all loan funds to avoid incurring additional debt. Colorado Mountain College can automatically use all or a portion of your post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds for tuition, fees, and room and board charges (if contracted with the school). CMC needs your permission to use the post-withdrawal grant disbursement for all other school charges. If you do not give permission, you will be offered the funds. It may, however, be in your best interest to allow Colorado Mountain College to use those funds to reduce any debt remaining on your student account.

Once you withdraw from all classes, there are some Title IV funds that cannot be disbursed because of other eligibility requirements. For example, if you are a first-time borrower and have not completed the first 30 days of your program before withdrawal, you will not receive any Direct Loan funds you would otherwise have received had you remained enrolled past the 30th day.

If you receive (or your school or parent receives on your behalf) excess Title IV program funds that must be returned, your school must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of:

  1. Your institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of your funds, or
  2. The entire amount of excess funds.

The amount calculated as “owed by the school” must be returned. This may create a balance due on the student account which will become a debt owed to Colorado Mountain College.

The formula also determines if a student must repay federal grant funds. If so, you have 45 days to repay the required amount or make satisfactory arrangements to repay. Any student who does not meet this requirement will be reported to the U.S. Department of Education and will become ineligible for federal student aid at any school in the country.

Any loan funds (including parent PLUS loans) owed by the student as the result of withdrawal are repaid in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. That is, you make the scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time. Once you withdraw, your 6 month grace period (if applicable) begins and you will be required to commence repayment on the debt after the grace period has expired.

Any amount of unearned grant funds that you must return is called an overpayment. The maximum amount of a grant overpayment that you must repay is half of federal grant funds received or were scheduled to receive. You must make arrangements with your school or the Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds within 45 days as noted above.

The requirements for Title IV program funds when you withdraw are separate from the Colorado Mountain College refund policy. Therefore, you may still owe funds to the school to cover unpaid institutional charges.

See the CMC Refund Policy . See the Requirements and Procedures for Officially Withdrawing from Colorado Mountain College.  

If you have questions about your Title IV program funds, visit Student Aid on the Web at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Title IV Fund Repayment Order

 A school must return Title IV funds to the programs from which the student received aid during the payment period or period of enrollment if applicable, in the following order, up to the net amount disbursed from each source.

  1. Unsubsidized Direct loans (other than PLUS loans)
  2. Subsidized Direct loans
  3. Direct PLUS loans
  4. Federal Pell Grants
  5. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)


Colorado Mountain College Foundation Scholarships

The Colorado Mountain College Foundation administers many privately-funded scholarships available both on a campus-specific and multi-campus basis. These scholarships are funded through the generous gifts of employees, staff members, family, friends, foundations, corporations and business and community partners. The awards are based on achievement, residency, financial need or career goals and do not have to be repaid.

For more information about Colorado Mountain College Foundation Scholarships go to CMC Foundation Scholarships. Additionally, the list of Foundation Scholarships can also be accessed at this site. Please contact the Foundation at 800-621-8559, ext. 8355 or cefting@coloradomtn.edu if you have questions.

Application Process. Apply online. The Foundation Scholarship application deadline date is March 1, unless otherwise indicated. Award will be for the academic year following the deadline date. Any funds not awarded during the spring selection process will be available for award on a first come first serve basis throughout the academic year.

Grant Programs

These funds generally do not have to be repaid. Colorado Mountain College offers federal, state, and privately-funded grants.

State Grant Program: College Responsibility Program (CRP)

These funds generally do not have to be repaid.

Eligibility. Colorado resident, demonstrate financial need, enrolled full time.

Award Amount. College Responsibility Program: Awards depend on availability of funding.

Application Process FAFSA (see the Financial Aid Application section).

State Aid Merit Grant

These funds generally do not have to be repaid.

Eligibility. Colorado resident, demonstrate moderate financial need, enrolled full time.

Award Amount. Up to $1000

Colorado Mountain College President’s Scholarship

Eligibility. Must be a 2017 graduate of a high school in the CMC district, apply to CMC by March 31, 2017, for the 2017/2018 aid year.  Must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 31, be a high school graduate by June 30, 2017, enroll at CMC no later than Fall 2017, attend a minimum of 15 credits, maintain a 2.0 GPA at the end of your first semester and to register for classes you must attend a campus orientation.

Award Amount. $1000

Federal Grants: FSEOG and Pell Grants

These funds generally do not have to be repaid.

Eligibility. Demonstrate financial need.

Award Amount. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): $4000 maximum. Federal Pell Grant: $5920 maximum.

Application Process. FAFSA (see the Financial Aid Application section). Contact our Office of Student Financial Aid for more detailed information concerning the application process. Some Pell Grant money may be available for students attending less than half-time.

Richard C. Martin Grant

Funded by CMC. Dick Martin provided the leadership and inspiration for the founding of the Colorado Mountain College District in the early 1960’s. Dick was later elected to the Board of Trustees and provided fourteen productive years of service.  Upon his retirement in 1984, Dick’s fellow board members created the Richard C. Martin Grant, to honor his legacy, and to help future students attain their educational dreams.

Eligibility. The student must have graduated from a high school within the college district, or have earned a GED (General Education Diploma) after being a member of a graduated district high school class.  The student must meet in-district residency requirements, and must complete an associate degree at Colorado Mountain College within five years of initial enrollment. Following completion of this degree, the student becomes eligible to receive the Richard C. Martin Grant to assist in funding the remaining two years of a baccalaureate degree, at CMC, or another four-year institution. 

Award Amount. The grant amount is determined annually by the Board of Trustees, and will approximate the cumulative amount of tuition paid by the student for credit received (pertaining to their degree program) while attending Colorado Mountain College.  Note: Courses completed while the student is still enrolled in high school are not eligible, as well as developmental education courses, repeat courses and courses transferred to CMC from other institutions.

Application Process. The Richard C. Martin Grant application is available at any CMC campus and must be completed during the first semester of CMC enrollment, and within two years of high school.  Contact the Colorado Mountain College Financial Aid Office for more information.

Loan Programs

Colorado Mountain College participates in the Direct Loan program, including the Federal Direct Loan and Federal Parent (PLUS) loan.

Federal Direct Parent Loan (PLUS Loan)

These funds must be repaid.

Eligibility. Contingent on approved credit check.

Award Amount. Cost of attendance minus estimated financial assistance.

Application Process. See the Financial Aid Application. Parent Borrower form online at Parent Loan.

Go to www.studentloans.gov to “Request a Parent Plus Loan and complete the Master Promissory Note. All must be completed before funds can be disbursed.

Subsidized Federal Direct Student Loan

These funds must be repaid.

Eligibility. Demonstrate financial need.

Award Amount. $3500 first year. $4500 second year. $5500 remaining undergraduate years.

Application Process. FAFSA (see Financial Aid Application Processes). Must go to www.studentloans.gov to complete entrance counseling and the promissory note. These must be completed prior to disbursement of funds. Exit counseling is also required when leaving CMC.

Unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan

These funds must be repaid.

Eligibility. Not need based.

Award Amount. $5500 first year. $6500 second year. $7500 Junior and Senior baccalaureate level.

Application Process. FAFSA (see Financial Aid Application process). Separate loan application required for Direct and PLUS loans. Contact our Office of Student Financial Aid for more detailed information concerning the application process. If awarded, student must go to www.studentloans.gov to complete entrance counseling and the master promissory note. Exit counseling is also required when leaving CMC.

Work-Study Programs

Work-Study funds are funds that are not applied toward tuition; they are paid to the enrolled student while employed by Colorado Mountain College. There are two types of work-study: Federal College Work-Study (FCWS) and Colorado Work-Study.

Federal College Work-Study (FCWS)

Eligibility. Demonstrate financial need.

Award Amount. Federal College Work-Study (FCWS): Students are generally awarded $3500 per year. Work-study funds are not applied toward tuition or any other billed expenses.

Application Process. FAFSA. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires college work-study students to provide documentation of employment eligibility. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out which documents you will be required to submit.

Colorado Work-Study Program

Eligibility. Demonstrate financial need. (Some students who do not show financial need may qualify for the Colorado Work-Study program.)

Award Amount. Colorado Work-Study Program: Students are generally awarded $3500 per year. Work-study funds are not applied toward tuition.

Application Process. FAFSA. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires students to provide documentation of employment eligibility. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out which documents you will be required to submit.

Veterans Benefits

Colorado Mountain College honors those who serve our country in the military. Veterans, active-duty military, their spouses and dependents (dependents under 23 years of age) may be eligible for a tuition discount .

Most degree programs offered through Colorado Mountain College are approved for veterans’ educational benefits.

Because the application and approval process takes an average of 60 to 90 days, come prepared to personally meet all educational and living expenses for at least three months.

All students receiving assistance from the Veterans Administration and/or state funding agencies must comply with current regulations, including regulations related to satisfactory course progress, attendance, and reporting of previous educational training to the funding agency.

The Veterans Administration approves work experience courses for V.A. Educational Benefits only if the course is required of all students earning the specific degree or certificate. Please be sure to read the degree/certificate requirements carefully. Please click Veterans for further information on Veterans’ Services.

Accessibility Services

This section describes the variety of methods we use to foster educational access and success at all Colorado Mountain College campuses. Accessibility, or supplemental services, are available to students with an identified disability. These services may include instructional support such as note taking, extended time or oral testing, interpreting and audio textbooks. Special equipment may be provided upon request and recommendations. Please read the following section and contact the Disability Services Coordinator for assistance.

Support Services for Students with Disabilities

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is committed to assisting students with disabilities to be successful in their academic programs. In addition to receiving the support needed to complete your chosen area of study and enhance your basic academic skills, we are committed to equal access in the classroom while preserving the integrity of the course objectives.

Students who are seeking support services from CMC on the basis of a diagnosed disability are required under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amended Act of 2009 to submit documentation to verify eligibility. Protection under these civil rights statues are determined on a case-by-case basis and is based upon documentation of a disability that currently and substantially limits some major life activity including learning.

CMC offers many services to its students with disabilities. Eligibility for these services is determined individually based on a documented need. Services can include:

  • Pre-admission advising and new student orientation
  • Academic accommodations
  • Academic advising and registration assistance
  • Testing accommodations
  • Note taking assistance
  • Alternate formats for printed materials
  • Sign language interpreters and assistive listening devices
  • Assistive technology
  • Residential accommodations available at Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs at Spring Valley and Leadville locations

For more information concerning Disability Services, please click here on CMC Accessibility Services or contact:

Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs Campuses
Dr. Anne Moll at (970) 947-8256

Breckenridge and Dillon Campuses
Karin Mitchell at (970) 968-5821 extension 2821

Vail Valley Campus
Dan Hammon at (970) 569-2959

Leadville and Chaffee County Campuses
Dan Hammon at (719) 486-4200

Rifle Campus
Libby Neal at (970) 625-6959

Steamboat Springs Campus
Debra Farmer at (970) 870-4450

Online Learning
Contact the closest campus to student’s residence.

College Libraries

This section summarizes the library services available at Colorado Mountain College.

Library Contact Information

Steamboat Springs:  970-870-4445

Glenwood Springs at Spring Valley:  Quigley Library - 970-947-8271

Leadville:  719-486-4249

Virtual Library:  970-569-2926 or reference@coloradomtn.edu

The libraries at Colorado Mountain College offer an extensive collection of resources, available within the physical collections of the Glenwood Springs at Spring Valley, Steamboat Springs, and Leadville campus libraries and 24/7 online through the Virtual Library website. The libraries provide access to books, videos, music, art images, audio books, career resources and practice tests, journals, magazines, maps, government documents, and course reserves. They also offer a variety of services, including physical and virtual research assistance, library instruction, research guides and tutorials, and free Interlibrary Loan service.

Additional information about the CMC libraries can be found at http://library.coloradomtn.edu.

Counseling and Advising

This section describes the counseling and advising services available at Colorado Mountain College.

Career Planning

Career Services supports the career development of students, offering self-assessment inventories, career exploration tools, special events, job search guidance and a variety of online resources. Staff at each campus provide career counseling, career classes and group workshops.

Career Assessments

Student Services staff use a variety of evaluation instruments to help you through the career/life planning process. FOCUS2, a career exploration and planning tool, is available to all students, and offers five self-assessment inventories in addition to occupational information. Students are encouraged to use FOCUS2 early on at CMC to assist with academic and career planning. The Strong (Interest Inventory) and Myers-Briggs (Personality Inventory) are also offered at some locations. Contact your College Counselor for more information.

Educational Advising

A successful education begins with advising. We strongly recommend that you seek out an Advisor before registering to develop a meaningful and successful program of study. College Counselors, Academic Advisors and Faculty Advisors can introduce you to the full range of programs and services offered by Colorado Mountain College and tailor them to your educational and occupational goals. Once you have completed the CMC application and it has been processed, you will have access to Student Planning. All students are encouraged to use Student Planning, an online advising tool to explore academic programs, build schedules, and register for classes.

It is also important to work closely with your Advisor/Counselor to ensure successful graduation or transfer of your credits to four-year institutions. Don’t hesitate to ask a College Counselor or Advisor for help as questions arise.

Personal Counseling

College Counselors are trained to manage crisis situations and assist students with common personal and social issues that may interfere with college success. Additionally, College Counselors collaborate with mental health agencies and other community resources and refer students to these organizations when appropriate.

Advisors are trained to help students plan and achieve their academic goals. They are not in a position to assist with personal problems or crisis situations and will refer you to a College Counselor if those arise.

TRiO Student Support Services

Student Support Services programs (SSS) are federally-funded TRiO programs offering free services to eligible students at the Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley, Carbondale, Steamboat Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Edwards, Dillon and Breckenridge campuses. Find Student Support Services staff contacts here.

Student Support Services program participants must be US citizens or permanent residents, degree or certificate seeking and have a background that includes one or more of the following:

  • income eligible,
  • first-generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a bachelor’s degree),
  • a documented disability.

Student Support Services programs assist students in identifying and completing their educational goals. The objectives of Colorado Mountain College’s Student Support Services programs are to increase persistence rates through retention, graduation, and transfer.

Services available to students include, but are not limited to academic, career, and transfer advising and support; transfer visits to four-year institutions; financial aid assistance, financial aid/FAFSA support, scholarship search and application assistance; and financial literacy education. Additionally, the program provides success seminars covering a wide range of academic and life skills; tutoring; and student advocacy with faculty, staff and peers.

Developmental Education, GED and ESL Programs

The Developmental Education program is designed to help you achieve the most from your college education and succeed in college-level courses. Here are some resources that can assist you:

Placement Assessment At the beginning of your first semester, unless you have previous college credit, ACT or SAT scores, you will be placed in classes that best meet your needs. We offer Accuplacer assessments in mathematics, reading, English and computer skills proficiency.

Developmental Math Developmental math classes will prepare you to succeed in your college-level math classes. Additionally, developmental math classes will help to prepare you for college major. Based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a developmental math class that prepares you for a 100-level courses for Liberal Arts, Statistics, Integrated Math, and college-level career math courses. Also, based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a developmental math class that prepares you for college-level College Algebra and Finite Math courses. The developmental math classes will help you to build the knowledge and skills needed to successfully achieve your academic and career goals.

College Composition and Reading The College Composition and Reading (CCR) courses integrates and conceptualizes reading and writing skills across the disciplines in each course. This accelerated learning program prepares students for a rigorous academic environment. Based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a CCR class that can be taken concurrently with a college-level course in a discipline strand of Communications, Science, Social Science, Arts and Humanities, or Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Also, based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a CCR class that can be taken concurrently with an ENG 121 course. The CCR classes prepare students to succeed in college-level courses. 

Learning Labs The learning labs are a great resource to support you in being successful at CMC. Learning labs offer help in mathematics, reading, writing class assignments, GED preparation, studying to take the Accuplacer, and college-level courses. Work at your own pace and level in small groups or one-on-one with tutors or instructors in the areas you need assistance.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction for English Language Learners is designed for limited and non-English proficient students. Classroom instruction focuses on developing a student’s life and work skills. Students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in leveled classrooms from low beginning through advanced. All students must be pretested upon enrollment to determine their appropriate instructional level.

High School Equivalency (HSE)/General Educational Development (GED) High School Equivalency (HSE)/General Education Development (GED) exam preparation classes and retesting are available at CMC. The HSE/GED exam consists of four tests (reasoning through language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics). GED/High School Equivalency preparation classes are provided at many of our campuses. After successfully completing the exam, the student will receive a Colorado High School Equivalency Certificate from the State of Colorado Department of Education. Some campuses offer the GED exam in Spanish.

Tutoring Tutoring is available for students who need additional help to succeed in a course. At times a student requires assistance beyond that which a faculty member can reasonably be expected to provide outside of the classroom. In these situations the student can request a tutor, or faculty may refer a student to the Learning Labs or to a college counselor if a specific subject tutor needs to be provided. It is not appropriate for a faculty member to tutor a student as this constitutes a conflict of interest. Similarly, it is against college policy for a faculty member to recommend a tutor, as this may result in liability for both the faculty member and the tutor. Each site maintains a list of tutors which will be provided to students upon request. There are various requirements which a student needs to meet to qualify for individual/small group tutoring. There is also a free online tutoring service called Smarthinking that is available 24 hours a day.

Go2Work Programs (Sponsored Programs)

Ongoing, weekly Go2Workshops are offered at the Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Basalt and other locations. These workshops offer assistance to community members with employment needs including: resumes, online applications and basic skills development to earn a Career Ready Colorado Certificate. All workshops are free and operate in partnership with the local workforce centers and county governments.

Career Ready 101 is an individualized computer program designed to improve career readiness through skill building exercises and review. Once participants have been enrolled they can utilize the program from any computer with internet access and work at their leisure. Enrolling in this online study program provides students with an easy way to increase basic skill levels in preparation for Gateway Courses, Developmental Education courses, Accuplacer assessment and/or GED testing. Registration can be initiated through your College Counselor or learning lab.

Gateway-Link to Success Classes are offered at the Rifle campus. These classes are designed for parents who qualify for TANF benefits through the Garfield County Department of Human Services.

The Wo/Men In Transition Scholarship can help with the cost of tuition (up to 5 credits) and books for nontraditional students ineligible for a Pell Grant. Funding is dependent on grants and several eligibility requirements must be met. The scholarship is limited to areas where grant funding is obtained.

Computer Job Skills Workshops are offered at Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Aspen campuses. They offer free modularized instruction from basic computers, Microsoft Office, graphic design and web design. These are offered in conjunction with the CO Workforce Centers and County Health and Human Services for anyone in the workforce; those considering entering college to update their computer skills and even local seniors wanting to increase their basic computer skills and access social media.

GarCo Sewing Works is an industrial sewing training, sustainability and design center located in downtown Rifle. In partnership with Garfield County, GarCo Sewing Works is an economic development project. The center offers training in sewing, design, marketing, entrepreneurship and small business development to individuals on public benefits and displaced workers referred by the local workforce center. We work closely with The Whole Works, a local manufacturer of garments and textile products also located in downtown Rifle. See more at our website: garcosewingworks.com or Facebook.

For further information on any of the Go2Work Programs, please contact Jill Ziemann, Director of Go2Work Programs (970) 384-8518 or jziemann@coloradomtn.edu.

Student Handbooks

Handbooks for students serve as essential resources of information and support options. In addition to providing detailed information about residential life, disability services, and various support services, the handbooks also contain information about Student Rights and Responsibilities and processes for filing complaints. For more information, please visit the Student Handbook or Residence Hall Handbook

Student Health and Accident Insurance and Facilities

Insurance Coverage for Full-Time Students

Students enrolling in six or more credit hours at Colorado Mountain College are expected to have some type of health insurance coverage. We refer students to a clearing house in order to find out their best options for health coverage. Connect for Health Colorado may be reached at 1-855-752-6749 or www.ConnectforHealthCo.com. They are a marketplace where individuals can shop and compare, pick and purchase health insurance plans.  Students and parents are encouraged to read the insurance information carefully to determine if any of these programs meets their needs.

Please check with any technical standards, program handbooks and/or course requirement documents for any health and insurance requirements.

International students may obtain more information about specific insurance to meet their needs at the following locations:


1 (877) 758-4391

Steamboat Springs Campus Student Wellness Center

CMC Steamboat Springs Campus Student Government provides a Student Health Center and a Student Mental Health Center for students through allocation of student activity fees. These services are available at a minimal or no additional charge for students taking six or more credit hours (fee paying students). Students are seen by a Registered Health Practitioner on a walk-in basis in the Student Health Center; no appointment is necessary. The hours are posted for approximately 12 hours per week of availability. A flu vaccine, typically free for full time students, is offered in the fall.

A licensed Mental Health Counselor is available in the Student Mental Health Center by appointment or during limited walk-in hours.

Testing Services

Check with your local CMC site or with one of our Advisors or College Counselors. They will help you with your testing needs. The following section summarizes those services.

American College Testing (ACT)

The ACT is used as an entrance requirement by many colleges. All registration for ACT is handled through the ACT website at www.act.org.

Standardized Achievement Testing (SAT)

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions, it includes assessments in mathematics, reading and writing and language. for registration, study guides, and practice tests go to www.collegeboard.org.

Accuplacer Assessment

CMC uses the Accuplacer Placement Test prior to registration to determine students’ academic skills in reading, English, mathematics and computer skills. For more information about placement requirements can be found at Academic Placement Testing and Placement Test Requirements.


For all portions of the Accuplacer, students may retest once per subject per semester, providing documentation of review of subject matter prior to retesting and wait a period of one week after the taking their last test.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams allow you to earn credit by examination. See the awarded vs. earned credit section of this catalog for more information.

There are five General Examinations (English composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and history) and over 30 Subject Examinations. You may earn from one to six semester hours of credit for satisfactory scores on each exam. See your College Counselor to discuss your CLEP options and associated fees.

General Educational Development (GED)

The GED/High School Equivalency exam consists of five tests (writing skills, social studies, science, reading and mathematics).

After successfully completing the exam, you will receive a Colorado High School Equivalency Certificate from the State of Colorado Department of Education. In addition to preparing students for the GED, Colorado Mountain College offers a combination English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation programs at many campus locations. Check with your local CMC site to see if the GED in Spanish is given.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level analytic ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies. Most of the analogies on the MAT are verbal analogies, and a few are quantitative. The test consists of 100 partial analogies that are to be completed in 50 minutes.

Contact List of Educational Assessment Tests

The table below lists contact information for several educational assessment tests. Many of these are offered at a Colorado Mountain College location. Some of these tests are offered via computer.

*Hosted at a Colorado Mountain College location. Call testing organization or check their website for time and campus.

Test Registration Phone Website
Accuplacer CMC Location Front Desk www.accuplacer.org; www.collegeboard.org
ACT* 319-337-1270 www.act.org
GED CMC Counselor www.coloradomtn.edu
GMAT 800-717-4628 www.gmat.org
GRE 800-290-5992 www.gre.org
LSAT* 215-968-1001 www.lsac.org
PLACE 413-256-2885 www.place.nesinc.com
TOEFL 609-921-9000 www.toefl.org
SAT* 690-921-9000 www.sat.org; www.collegeboard.org
CLEP CMC Counselor www.collegeboard.org
Campus Test Center Locations CMC Counselor www.home.pearsonvue.com/Home