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Make a Plan to Pay For College

Federal Aid starts with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid is based on your income and offered in multiple forms:

  • Grants (money you do not pay back)
  • Loans (money you must pay back)
  • Work Study (a type of student employment) 
  • Scholarships (money you do not pay back)

Complete your FAFSA for the desired aid year OR update your FAFSA with PPSC's school code: 008896. 

If you need help completing the FAFSA, we encourage you to attend a FAFSA Lab, or visit the Centennial or Rampart Range campuses to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor.
Learn more about Financial Aid

State aid can be awarded to students who do not have lawful immigration status but have resided in the state for at least three years before graduating from a Colorado high school or passing a high school equivalency exam. Learn more about the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) and if you qualify as an ASSET student. 

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a tuition discount provided by the state of Colorado to students who meet the qualifications for in-state tuition rates and lawful presence in the United States.

Current and former military and dependents, DACA, ASSET, Permanent Residents, and students on visas are all COF eligible.

How to Receive your COF Funds

Grants are free money that do not have to be paid back. There are many grants that can be awarded, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Colorado Student Grant (CSG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG). Qualifying for grants starts with completing the FAFSA. 

Learn more about grants

Generous donations to the PPSC Foundation fund more than 60 scholarship opportunities each year to help make college more affordable. This year the Foundation will award more than $1,200,000 in scholarships to PPSC students. Scholarships help pay for tuition and fees and some also cover books and other costs of attending. There are scholarships available that will help you all the way to graduation with your associate’s degree, and even possibly your bachelor’s degree.

Apply for Pikes Peak Scholarships

Student loans can have a much lower interest rate than private loans and sometimes the interest is deferred while students are in school. Keep in mind that any money you borrow needs to be repaid. PPSC is a participant in the Federal Direct Loan Program in which students borrow Stafford Loan funds directly from the U.S. Department of Education rather than from a lender.

Want to learn more about ways to pay for college? Check out the "Money Matters" video for tips on budgeting, saving, and understanding the consequences of getting into debt.

Current interest rates on loans disbursed between July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022, are:

  • Direct Subsidized Loans (undergraduate students) – 5.50% fixed
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans (undergraduate students) – 5.50% fixed
  • Direct PLUS Loans (parents) – 8.05%

Learn more about Student Loans

Student employment allows students to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program, allowing them to work part-time on campus while in school. 

Funds are available in both federal and state monies, and are paid directly to the student. 

Please be advised that all Student Employment (Student Staff) awards are based upon the availability of funds and may be revised during the school year without prior notice. In that event, every reasonable effort will be made to assist a student for the remainder of the year. This may include student loans, another position, etc.

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Military-affiliated students can use a variety of military benefits at PPSC. Whether you are using VA Education Benefits, DOD Military Tuition Assistance or MyCAA, start by going to our benefits page to find our step-by-step checklists. 
First time using VA Education Benefits at PPSC? You must attend or view our VA Education Benefits Briefing.

Amazon Career Choice, Law Enforcement Agencies, Emergency/First Responder Services, State Vocational Rehabilitation, DMVA/National Guard, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, TAA, Alliance For Kids, ECCLA, CPCD, AmeriCorps, Employer Programs, and others.

 For authorization submissions or billing inquiries - Jess Martinez at (719) 502-2343 or Jess.Martinez@pikespeak.edu

PPSC offers many self-payment options including payment plans

Promise Programs guarantee free tuition, fees, and books for qualifying graduates of Harrison School District 2 and Colorado Springs District 11. 

Learn More about Promise Programs

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