Care Forward Colorado program provides free tuition, fees, books, materials, and necessary
vaccinations for students pursuing a career in qualifying healthcare certificate programs.
There have been updates to Care Forward Colorado starting in the Fall 2023 semester to prepare for the end of the program at Pikes Peak in December 2023. New students must:
Starting in Fall 2022 and ending December 2023, students who enroll in eligible healthcare
certificate programs have tuition, fees, and materials covered after Financial Aid
grants and COF has been applied, as funding remains available.
Funding is based on required coursework as outlined by the Division. Remedial courses will not be covered under this program.
To be eligible, new students must:
Yes, but only for costs the high school program does not cover.
The program pays for tuition, fees, and materials such as books, vaccines, and other related items after COF and financial aid grants have been applied (Colorado Resident's only). Both in-person and online classes can be funded.
Students must complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Colorado Application for Student Financial Aid (CASFA) . The FAFSA is the regular application for financial aid that millions of students complete each year. The CASFA is for undocumented students living in Colorado that qualify as an ASSET student for state financial aid after completing high school.
Funds will apply to eligible classes after any financial aid grants you may receive.
Yes, as long as the pre-requisite classes are required for your program of study. Please note that remedial courses will not be covered under this program.
You must be enrolled in a qualified certificate program. This program is designed to provide funding for short-term health care programs that get students into the workforce as quickly as possible. Only students who have declared a Medical Sciences certificate as their program of study (i.e., primary curriculum) are eligible, and only eligible classes toward that program will be funded.
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Students in the degree programs such as AGS pre-nursing would not qualify. The intent of this program is for students to declare a certificate program, get the certificate, and then get out to the workforce quickly.
Students needing assistance in applying to PPSC can contact the Admissions team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the application and enrollment process.
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