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Are You an Adult Learner?

More than half of Pikes Peak students are adult learners. 
As an adult learner, you can join others who are:
  • Starting College for the first time
  • Returning to complete a degree or professional certification
  • Pursuing training to enter the workforce
  • Preparing for a career change or promotion
  • Veterans transitioning to civilian life
  • Busy, working adults taking classes at their own pace
  • Exploring interests for personal growth
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You're in Good Company at Pikes Peak State College

More than half of our students are adult learners working to complete their education and career goals - at an affordable cost!

Our small class sizes are designed to help every student succeed. Your advisors and faculty will help you every step of the way - at a learning pace right for you!

Join us for a full slate of classes - or just one at a time - and gain the skills you need to succeed in today's workforce.

Choose Flexibility

College doesn't have to be overwhelming - and you can go at your own pace. Even one class per semester is a step toward your goal!

Pikes Peak State College offers live online, hybrid and online classes to meet students' needs for flexibility and convenience.

Select the class type that works best for you and your schedule. 

  • HyFlex Classes - The best of both worlds! Class is highly flexible, with options to attend remotely in real-time, entirely in person in real-time, or by a combination of the two. 
  • Online Classes - Class meets online with no expectation for on-campus (in-person) meetings.
  • Hybrid Classes - Classes combine on-campus class sessions with online coursework.
  • Remote Real-Time Classes - Classes taught in real-time, with 100% remote delivery at scheduled times
  • Traditional Classroom Based Classes Class meetings are on-site and in-person.
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Choose Career Options

Whether you’re looking for a new career or want to advance in your current job, we can help you find the right program. 

Pikes Peak Academic Programs

Whether your goal is an associate certificate or degree, or eventually an advanced degree, we have programs designed to advance you in your current position - or to prepare you for that perfect future career. Explore Pikes Peak Programs.

Pathways to Your Future

Do you want to earn an associates or bachelor's degree in an area of interest - but unsure of the exact major or degree? Consider pursuing one of our general Academic Pathways while you explore your options with an Academic Advisor.

Bridge to Bachelor's

For first-time students attending any college in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) - you are guaranteed admission to participating four-year college or university upon completing your Pikes Peak State College degree. Learn More.

Workforce Opportunities

These fast-track programs are designed to open up additional opportunities to those already in the workforce. These include FREE programs to train for a new career in as little as 16 weeks. Find out about Workforce Opportunities.


Money Matters

Quality Education For A Fraction Of The Cost

At Pikes Peak, students save thousands while gaining access to a quality and flexible education.

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These figures are based on tuition and fees as of July 2023 (30 credits at resident rates, with COF) and can vary depending on program of study.

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Choose Value

Affordable Tuition

At Pikes Peak State College your education has value - in more ways than one. With in state tuition starting at just $156.40 per credit hour - you'll get a high return on your educational investment. Now is the perfect time to get started to maximize your future.
No-Interest Payment Plans are available with a one-time setup fee.

Federal Aid

Applying for Federal Financial Aid starts with submitting your FAFSA, Pikes Peak has knowledgeable staff trained to help you complete the financial aid process and explore other ways to pay for college like scholarships, jobs and internships. 

Other Aid

In addition to Financial Aid, other potential funding options are available to adult learners:
  • Scholarships. The Pikes Peak State College Foundation offers scholarships to help pay for your educational costs. External private scholarships are also available.


Learning to Meet Your Needs

Pikes Peak State College offers you the opportunity to start over or jump back in line as you move toward completing your education and career goals. 

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We know you need to earn a living while you’re training for your new career. We also know that on-the-job training is an important part of many of our programs. So we partner with local organizations and employers to provide support and training in a variety of Earn and Learn programs. 

Earn and Learn Programs
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You may have learning which is equivalent to a course needed to meet your goal. Prior Learning Assessment for Credit is a great way to get college credit for your life experience. Save money, save time.

More about Prior Learning Assessment
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Pikes Peak State College understands that basic needs directly impact the well-being and success of our students. Basic needs can include food, housing, transportation, wellness, and other important services.

Learn about Basic Needs Assistance
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After you've trained and met your educational goal, Career Services is there to help you gain employment. They offer a variety of services to support your job-search, including: in-person and online career advising, resume and interview assistance, and labor market research.

Career Services Information

Adults Like You

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Adults Like You

Why would you want to pay double the cost for classes at a university that you can get at a community college for less?

Alana Lipscomb
PPSC Graduate

More Student Resources

Students who choose to participate in our free tutoring services receive better grades on average. They also learn skills and strategies individualized to their learning preferences to help them become better students overall.

Accessibility Services provides classroom and testing accommodations for students with both temporary and long-term disabilities. 

Two free sessions of mental health counseling is available to students along with additional mental health resources.

Pikes Peak State College understands that basic needs directly impact the well-being and success of our students. Basic needs can include food, housing, transportation, wellness, and other important services

If you are a veteran, you may be able to transfer your military education benefits to your student. Learn more about our Military and Veterans Program. 

The Career Services department offers a variety of services to support student success, including: in-person or online career advising, resume and interview assistance, and referrals to campus and community resources.​ 
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