Career Advance Colorado

Financial Assistance Towards Training for In-Demand Jobs

Final Determination Date: no new Career Advance Awards will be made after January 26 for the Spring 2024 Term. See the Schedule.

Ready for a career change? Take the first step with CMC and Career Advance Colorado! Thanks to this state program, you can get training in rewarding fields that move Colorado forward.

How does it work?

Starting in Fall 2023, students who enroll in one of the following training programs will have help covering educational expenses such as: tuition, fees, course materials, and other costs while funding is available:

AAS Nursing
AA Early Childhood Ed Emphasis (STAA-DWD)
AA Elem Teacher Ed Emphasis (STAA-DWD)
AAS Early Childhood Education
AAS Fire Science Technology
COP Heating and Air Cond.
COP Carpentry Basic
COP Carpentry Advanced
COP Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy
COP Driver Operator (Fire Science)
COP Early Childhood Ed - Teacher
COP Early Childhood Ed - Director

COP Early Childhood Ed - Assistant Teacher
COP Fire Academy I
COP Fire Academy II
COP HVAC Advanced
COP Nurse Aide
COP Pipe Welding
COP Basic Welding & Cutting
COP Welding Design & Fabrication
COP Elementary Education Alternative Certification
COP Secondary Education Alternative Certification

Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) and Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) application, if eligible.

Good Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is required.


Contact the Office of Financial Aid at Colorado Mountain College to discuss program requirements and qualifications.

CMC Financial Aid

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Spring 2024

Awarding and Registration Schedule

First Round of Career Advance Awards - Register before December 14 to be considered for the first round of funding before the Spring 2024 payment deadline.

  • No Career Advance awards will be made between December 14 and January 26.
  • This means you will need to set up a payment plan if other financial aid doesn’t cover your entire CMC student account balance.
  • Students who register after December 14 but before January 26 and who meet all Career Advance eligibility criteria may be considered for an award on the Final Determination Date.

Final Determination Date – January 26

  • No new Career Advance Awards will be made after January 26 for the Spring 2024 Term.
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