New Visiting or Nondegree Student
ACCESS for Military-Affiliated Students
Military-affiliated students who have either been out of school for a number of years or who don’t have the strongest academic background can enroll in CU Boulder on-campus daytime courses through the ACCESS program. This option allows students to gain meaningful credit hours and establish a CU Boulder GPA, which can help them become stronger candidates for formal admission to the University.
Although you may use your VA benefit for up to two semesters of ACCESS enrollment, most ACCESS students are not eligible for financial aid, so please plan accordingly.
While most ACCESS students must wait to enroll until the Friday before classes begin, military-affiliated ACCESS students have priority enrollment dates: August 1 for fall enrollment and December 1 for spring enrollment.
Getting Started Checklist
Download the printable checklist.
- Complete the Continuing Education Application.
- Once your application is processed, you will receive an email with an invitation to enroll. When you receive this welcome email, email Kristin.Walker@colorado.edu to request the addition of your priority enrollment date to your record.
- If you already applied for admission to CU Boulder and the Office of Admissions referred you to ACCESS, be sure to ask your admissions counselor to push your application forward to a future semester.
- Schedule an appointment with a Continuing Education advisor to plan your schedule of classes.
- To qualify for in-state tuition rates based on your military status, complete the CEPS Veterans Tuition Exception Form and return it with documentation to either firstname.lastname@example.org or the Enrollment Services team on the first floor of the Continuing Education building at 1505 University Avenue, Boulder, Colorado.
- Apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend (undergraduate in-state students only).
- Request a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) from the VA and give either this document or a screenshot of your eBenefits account showing your eligibility percentage and benefit entitlement to the CU Boulder Veteran and Military Affairs office at email@example.com or CASE W320.
- You must submit a Request for Enrollment Certification Form each semester you plan to use your benefits. Submit this form by the first day of the semester, even if you have not yet received your CoE from the VA.
- Apply for the Nontraditional Student Scholarship.
Other Resources for ACCESS Veterans
CU Boulder offers additional resources to help veteran students transition to campus:
- Summer Bridge Program is designed to assist student veterans starting classes in the fall semester to acclimate to the CU Boulder campus, while enhancing math, writing, and research skills in an intensive and supportive academic environment.
- ACCESS Veteran Orientation is a half-day event that includes general information on what to expect in the ACCESS program, how to use your benefits, planning for formal undergraduate admission, and campus resources to help you be successful at CU Boulder.
- Planning to use your TA for online classes? Talk to a Continuing Education advisor for information on how to get started.
- If you have not already connected with the Office of Admissions, contact Jennifer.A.Long@colorado.edu to discuss a plan and timeline for formal admission to CU Boulder.