Basic Needs Assistance

Basic Needs Assistance

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.

Single Stop

Online Screener Tool

The FREE Single Stop Online Screener tool allows you to check benefit eligibility for yourself - as well anyone else in your household.

Learn about completing the quick, easy, and confidential online Screener - then a Single Stop counselor will personally contact you to discuss details.

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Single Stop

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Single Stop is a grant-funded program that provides support to
people who need resources to combat basic needs insecurity.

Single Stop offers assistance with:
  • Locating food pantries on- and off-campus
  • Determining eligibility for human service programs such as food stamps, TANF, WIC, and LEAP
  • Referrals for housing support in the community
  • Other vital community resources

College Services

Mountain Metro Transit College Pass Program

Students have unlimited access to the Mountain Metro Transit bus system with a swipe of their Student ID Card at the fare boxes. 

Free Shuttle Between CHES Bldg. and Rampart Campus

There are designated parking areas for both shuttle riders and car pool participants on the SE side of the Rampart parking lot. Shuttle pick-up and drop-off times and locations are posted. The shuttle runs about every 7–10 minutes from the Rampart Campus 7:30 am–7 pm M-TH and 7:30 am–5:30 pm Friday.

Centennial Campus Community Table

The Community Table is a food pantry and shared space for students, faculty, and staff.

Downtown and Rampart Range Community Tables

  • Services: Free Walk-in Food Pantry.
  • Location: Downtown Campus Room S-234 and Rampart Range Campus Room S-207 (Currently closed).
  • Summer Hours: Currently only open on Wednesdays at the Downtown Campus.
  • Phone: Downtown Campus (719) 502-2538 and Rampart Range Campus (719) 502-2577

Mobile Food Market

In partnership with Southern Colorado Care and Share, the Department of Student Life organizes monthly mobile food markets open to students, staff, and community members. There are no requirements to receive food (no ID or demonstration of need). Food distribution is completed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Fall 2022 Schedule
Centennial Campus 
  • Location: Atrium 
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Dates: September 12th, October 16th, November 2oth. 
Rampart Range Campus
  • Location: Atrium
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Date: September 13th, October 17th, November 21st.

Military & Veteran Students

Military personnel, veterans, and their families can pick up a bag of food at the Department of Military and Veterans Programs. 

  • Services: Pantry Pick-up
  • Location: Centennial Campus, C-Building, Room C-222
  • Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 719-502-4100

Fitness Center

Free Services
  • Showers
  • Laundry Self-Services

For location, hours, and contact information, visit the Fitness Center's website

Centennial Campus Community Table and Downtown and Rampart Range Cupboards 

Free Hygiene Items
  • Assortment may vary based on availability. 

For locations, hours, and contact information, see the "Food" drop-down menu above. 

Low-Cost Dental Services

PPSC Dental Assisting students under the supervision of a licensed dentist will provide low-cost exams, x-rays, restorations, sealants, and fluoride treatments. Open to all PPSC students, employees, and their families (children 8 years and older).

  • Exam and X-rays $15.00 - $30.00 (depending on the number of x-rays needed)
  • Amalgam Restorations (silver fillings) $12.00 - $30.00
  • Composite Restorations (white or tooth-colored fillings) $23.00 - $35.00
  • Sealants (preventative restoration) $10.00 per tooth
  • Fluoride Treatment (preventative care) $5.00
  • Dates: TBA
  • Times: TBA
  • Location: TBA
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  • Times: TBA
  • Location: TBA
Appointment Required

Call 719-502-4049 and leave a message. One of the dental assistant students will get back to you. 

Department of Military and Veterans Programs

We have compiled a list of community resources available to military personnel, veterans, and their families. For more information, visit this website.

Tax Help Colorado

IRS-certified Accounting program students and volunteers work under tax professionals' supervision to provide quality tax return services for free to low-to-moderate income Coloradans. The income limit this year is $57,000.

Schedule an appointment via phone at 719-502-4TAX or email at


Single Stop

Contact the Single Stop Coordinator for support via phone at 719-502-3020 or visit the Single Stop website.


A list of the Tax Help Colorado sites, as well as the locations of other free tax assistance sites in Colorado, is available by calling 2-1-1 or visiting


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Student Assistance Scholarships

Please note the scholarship application windows below and read the instructions at the top of the application forms carefully.

You may apply for one scholarship per semester (either Basic, Academic, or Childcare Needs). Supporting documents must be included, reflect your current financial situation, and reflect what you plan to use the scholarship for. If you have any questions, please contact prior to applying.

Application Windows:

• Summer 2024 Semester - May 6 through July 28

• Fall 2024 Semester - July 29 through December 1

• Spring 2025 Semester - December 2 through May 5

Basic Needs Form

This application is to request assistance for basic needs.

We understand that pursuing education may present financial hardships. If you are experiencing difficulties meeting basic needs such as housing, food, hygiene, transportation, or other necessities, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship.

We are committed to providing support and assistance to ensure that all students can succeed academically, regardless of one's circumstances. Your application will be reviewed with understanding and compassion.

This support is open to all students attending Pikes Peak State College. Students may request up to $400 per semester. 

Academic Needs Form

This application is to request assistance for academic needs, such as textbooks, course materials and supplies, and any other academic items students may need for their success.

We are committed to providing support and assistance to ensure that all students can succeed academically, regardless of one's circumstances. Your application will be reviewed with consideration and compassion.

This support is open to all students attending Pikes Peak State College, and students can request up to $400 per semester. 

Child-Care Needs Form

This application is to request assistance for childcare needs.

Student requests may not exceed 2 months per semester.

We recognize balancing the demands of education and the responsibilities of child-care can be a challenge. If you are a parent/guardian facing difficulties in accessing childcare needs while pursuing academic success, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship.

Supporting documentation is required for eligibility for this endowment (i.e. Childcare Invoices, Proof of Universal Pre-K ).

This assistance is open to all parents/guardian students attending Pikes Peak State College. Your application will be reviewed with compassion and full deliberation. 

Community Services

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We are here to assist PPSC students, faculty, and staff in connecting to available resources in the community.

We know that college includes more than taking classes.

Many other factors play a part in your time at Pikes Peak State College.

We are here to help with any issues that arise during your time here and make your time here the best possible.

  • Appointments with 2-1-1 Navigators to assess your needs to enable efficient and relevant help.
  • Short-term intervention (many resources are designed to help immediate needs, with some providing long-term goals of individual and financial sustainability)
  • Referral to PPSC and community resources to help students adjust to, cope with, and succeed in college.
  • Crisis intervention by providing information about referrals to the community and the counseling center.
  • Appointments are walk-in and by appointment.
Contact Information
Hours: Monday - Friday  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (719) 502-4525
Location: Centennial Campus Room A-141

Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1
Pikes Peak United Way connects residents to hundreds of resources and services available in the community. 
  • Services
  • Housing
  • Utility Expenses
  • Finding Employment
  • Financial Planning
  • Taxes
  • Legal Service
  • Immigrant & Refugee Services 
  • And much more...
Contact Information
Hours: Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (719) 632-1543
Website: See buttons below
Location: 518 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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