Tuition, fees and charges are mandatory and support essential activities and services, student organizations and special events. Tuition is based on credit load and residency status. Tuition, fees and charges are subject to change without notice. Students with unpaid debts to ACC, any of its auxiliary enterprises, or any Colorado Community College System institution, will not be allowed to register until debts are paid. For detailed tuition and fee rates, please see the Schedule of Classes or view at www.arapahoe.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/tuition-and-fees.
College Opportunity Fund (COF) Stipend
In 2004, the Colorado Legislature established the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF). Under this new law, the State gives money for a subsidy to students by sending it to the institution the student designates. This money, known as COF, is applied to a resident student’s tuition if the student applies for and authorizes the use of the stipend. ACC will receive the money and it will appear as a credit on your tuition bill. Students who do not apply for and / or authorize the payment of the stipend to ACC by the appropriate deadline will be responsible for paying the COF portion of their tuition bill. Students who chose not to utilize their COF Stipend must decline the use of the stipend by a particular deadline each semester. Please contact the ACC COF Administrator for additional information.
Do not wait for a bill. Unless your account is paid in full, or you have a deferred payment plan in place by the semester payment deadline (published in the semester schedule), you may be dropped from your classes for an outstanding balance. Consult the Schedule of Classes for payment option details.
Access myACC for a list of the semester payment deadlines. ACC conducts drops for non-payment throughout each semester.
Our refund policy is enforced for several reasons. When you enroll in a class, you reserve a space that is no longer available to others. At the same time, the state commits to paying a portion of the costs of offering you that course. Even if you officially withdraw, the state loses its investment in that space – while ACC loses the other percentage of expenses that your tuition and fees cover.
Ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to ensure accuracy of their class schedule.
Dropping a Class
If a student drops a course by the course census (add/drop) date, they will receive a full refund of tuition and fees for that dropped course and the course will no longer appear on the student's academic record. Students may access their Detailed Student Schedule via myACC to view the census (add/drop) deadline for their course(s).
Students can drop online at www.arapahoe.edu by accessing myACC or by submitting a completed and signed Schedule Adjustment & Account Agreement Form to Information Central prior to the census (add/drop) date of the course(s). A course may not be dropped after the census (add / drop) date of the course and no refunds are granted after the census date of the course.
Drop for Non-Attendance
Students are expected to attend all classes. Students who do not attend between the first day of the course and the course Census (add / drop) date and who are identified as a “No show” by their Instructor, will be dropped. Being dropped as a no-show student can have significant negative consequences for students using financial aid and / or veterans benefits. If a student is identified as a no-show student and dropped from a course, they will not be re-registered in that same section.
Attendance in an online course is defined as accessing the course and completing at least one academic activity. What constitutes an academic activity may vary from course to course based on the uniqueness of each course.
Instructors will inform students of their individual attendance policies. If a student miss too many sessions you may be advised to withdraw from a course.
Withdrawing from a Class
Students may withdraw from a class after the Census Date and prior to the Withdrawal Deadline (which occurs at 80 percent of the class term); students may withdraw online by accessing myACC or by contacting the Admissions & Records Office. Students may view the withdrawal deadline for their course(s) by accessing their Detailed Schedule available via myACC. Once withdrawn from a course, the student may not be re-registered back into the same section of that course during that semester. The class will still appear on the student's transcript along with a "W" grade. However, a "W" will not affect the student's credit or cumulative GPA. Students who do not officially withdraw by the deadline date will be graded by the Instructor. A "W" cannot be submitted by a faculty member as a final grade.
The College may initiate withdrawal in some instances. If a student withdraws from a course and has an unpaid balance, the student remains obligated to pay the outstanding balance. Unpaid balances are sent to collections and a collection fee is assessed.
Tuition Credit Appeal Due to Extenuating Circumstance
The College gives students the opportunity to submit an Appeal for Tuition Credit if there is an unforeseeable or extraordinary circumstance that prevents the student from dropping a course by the census (drop) deadline. For more information please download and complete the Appeal for Tuition Credit form, available at www.arapahoe.edu/admissions/forms, or contact the Student Affairs Office.
Administrative Withdrawal Petition
The College gives students the opportunity to submit an Administrative Withdrawal Petition if there is an unforeseeable or extraordinary circumstance that prevents the student from withdrawing from the course by the withdrawal deadline. Administrative Withdrawal Petition decisions (approval / denial) are final. For more information please download and complete the Administrative Withdrawal Petition form, available at www.arapahoe.edu/admissions/forms, or contact the Office of Admissions & Records.
ACC offers VA, financial aid grants, scholarships, student loans, work-study programs and other opportunities to assist you with the cost of your college education. In most cases, you can receive financial assistance for tuition and fees, books and supplies and miscellaneous expenses.
Applying for Financial Aid
To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and not be in default on any federal student loans or owe a repayment on a federal grant. Apply online for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. The ACC FAFSA School Code is 001346. Financial Aid Advisors can help you complete the online application in the financial aid office.
If your file is selected by the Department of Education for verification, you may be required to provide the following additional information or documents before we can award financial aid:
The Financial Aid year begins with the fall semester each year and the financial aid priority application date is April 1 for each new aid year. Students who apply (successfully complete their FAFSA and have it submitted to ACC) and have a completed financial aid file by this date will receive first priority in awarding all types of grants.
It takes approximately four - six weeks for your financial aid to process after ACC has received your completed FAFSA. Students must have awarded Aid in place prior to the semester payment deadline in order to avoid being dropped for outstanding balance. Please visit the ACC website for more detailed information (www.arapahoe.edu).
Veteran Educational Assistance Programs
Veteran Services is located in the Veteran Services Center (M1630). ACC has been approved for most education and training programs by the Colorado State Approving Agency, including:
To Apply for Veteran Education Benefits:
Visit the VA Web site http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ to apply. In general, you will need the following before your benefits can be determined and awarded:
You must be prepared to pay your own tuition, fees, books and supplies while the VA processes your certification/application. Contact the ACC Veterans Certifying Official at 303.797.5934 for more information.
The following provides additional information about loans, federal and state grants, scholarships and work-study programs available. Please review all processes and procedures online at www.arapahoe.edu/paying-college/financial-aid.
Student Rights - You have the right to:
Student Responsibilities - you have the responsibility to:
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information: 303.797.5661.
Federal Pell Grants
The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant funded by the federal government. This federally-funded assistance is available to students to help with college expenses. Awards vary, depending on the amount of support your family can provide. Eligible students must meet and maintain all the following requirements:
Colorado Student Grant
The Colorado State Grant (CSG) is a need-based grant that is funded by the State of Colorado. Eligible students must meet and maintain all the following requirements:
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. To be considered a FSEOG award, a student must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
Loans - William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Federal Direct Loan
This loan is offered as either subsidized or unsubsidized. The amount of the loan that a student is eligible for is based on year in college, program length, need, dependency status, etc. Students who can demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA are eligible to get a subsidized Federal Direct Loan. Loans that are subsidized do not accrue interest as long as the borrower remains enrolled in at least six (6) or more credit hours. Repayment begins six (6) months after the student is no longer enrolled in six (6) or more credit hours. Students who cannot demonstrate financial need for the maximum loan each year may be eligible to receive an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan. The student is required to pay the interest on this loan from the time the loan is disbursed by the lender. Federal Direct Loans are provided through the US Department of Education Direct Loan Program. They are guaranteed and insured by the Federal Government.
Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Parents of dependent students may qualify for this loan program. If a financial aid award offer is not sufficient for a dependent student’s needs, a PLUS loan can be taken by parents for the benefit of their student. This loan requires that parents complete a credit check and assume responsibility to repay the loan. If the parents are denied this loan, check with the Financial Aid office for further options. Repayment of PLUS loans begins sixty days from the second disbursement of the loan.
Work Study is a financial aid award that allows students to work part-time on campus at ACC. Students must complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible for work study funding. If eligible for work study, it is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis based on funding levels. Students using work study start at a wage of $8.50 / hour, must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours and can work no more than 20 hours per week..
Return of Title IV Funds
The federal regulation requires a return of Title IV funds if a student received federal financial assistance and withdrew or ceased attendance for any reason on or before completing 60% of the enrollment period. The percentage of Title IV aid to be returned is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the enrollment period divided by the number of calendar days in the enrollment period. Scheduled breaks of more than five consecutive days are excluded from the total number of calendar days.
The office of financial aid is required to calculate how much federal financial aid a student has earned if that student:
*For students enrolled in modules: A student is not considered as withdrawn if the office financial aid obtains a written confirmation at the time of the withdrawal that he or she will attend a module that begins later in the same enrollment period. The newly added courses will also count as a positive confirmation of future attendance if the student registered for the course or courses at the time of a withdrawal. Dropping courses in a later module while still attending a current module is also not considered to have withdrawn.
Percentage of Title IV Aid Earned
Amount of Title IV Aid Earned
Amount of Title IV Aid to Return
Days Attended / Total Days in the Enrollment Period = % Completed
Total Disbursed Aid x % Completed = Earned Aid
Total Disbursed Aid - Earned Aid = Amount to be Returned
Return of Unearned Title IV Aid (34CFR 668.22)
The federal regulations require schools to perform calculations within 30 days from the date the school determines a student’s withdrawal and to return the funds within 45 days of the calculation.
If a student does not pay the balance owed to the institution within 45 days of the date of notification, the balance will be forwarded to the State of Colorado Collections Agency and the student’s records will be placed on financial hold. In addition, any grant funds owed to the government will be transferred and reported as an “overpayment” to the U.S. Department of Education.
Aid Programs Subject to the Repayment Calculation will be returned in this Order