Student Resources
Adult Education
Career Exploration and Planning
DACA, Asset, and Undocumented Students
Diverse Populations
First Generation Students
Parent Resources
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students with Disabilities
Veteran Students
Wrap Around Services

Adult Education
GED Resources for Students and Educators
A summary of resources has been compiled for students and educators exploring the GED exam as a pathway to earning the High School Equivalency Diploma.  This summary of resources includes information on the exam, how to schedule, preparation materials, and professional development materials

High School Equivalency Testing Programs
The Colorado Department of Education signed contracts with vendors of three high school equivalency examinations, providing Colorado residents seeking a high school equivalency exam a range of options never before available.

Career Exploration and Planning
ASVAB Military Career Exploration
The ASVAB was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program was developed with input from a panel of career development experts and designed to encourage students to increase their level of self-knowledge and to understand how that information could be linked to civilian and military occupational characteristics.

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Updated annually by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides a detailed look at every type of career with information on the nature of the work, working conditions, qualifications expected and advancement opportunities.

Occupational Outlook Handbook in Spanish
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of career information in Spanish. Materials include 100 profiles plus articles on resumes, applications and cover letters.

DACA, Asset, and Undocumented Students
A Dream Deferred
A blog for students to share their stories about being undocumented

Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC)
A look at comprehensive resources for undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship, including guides to undergraduate and graduate scholarships

Harvard's Act on a Dream
A resource tool and searchable database of undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities available to undocumented students

The Dream Activist: Undocumented Students Action and Resource Network
A youth-­‐led movement for the enactment of the Dream Act and other pro-immigrant legislation.

Together Colorado
Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing.  Comprised of 60+ congregations, schools and youth committees from Pueblo to Fort Collins and a growing statewide clergy network, we are building a moral and democratic voice in Colorado through a racial and economic lens.

United We Dream
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

Diverse Populations
Asian Pacific Development Center
Asian Pacific Development Center of Colorado (APDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the Asian American Pacific Islander community. For 35 years we have been committed to providing culturally appropriate behavioral health, primary medical care, and related services through an integrated system of care. Our holistic approach addresses the total well-being of individuals and families living in our community. 

Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization is Colorado’s premier leadership development, public policy, and research center dedicated to strengthening Colorado’s Latino community.

Denver Urban League
The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community based civil rights organization devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. As one of 114 independent, local affiliates, the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver (ULMD) continues to carry out this important mission.

Diverse Denver
The rich ethnic history and diverse cultural heritage of the city are celebrated with a number of events throughout the year

Go Guide
This online tool provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities. This publication is helpful for people involved in the criminal justice system, their families, community service providers and criminal justice professionals.

Own Your Future
Own Your Future will help you create a plan to meet your goals and thrive on the outside.

First Generation Students
I'm First
"I'm First" is an online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be

Parent Resources
National Parent Teacher Association
National Parent Teacher Association provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy and successful in school and in life.

PEAK Parent Center
PEAK Parent Center is a nonprofit that works every day to ensure that all people with disabilities are fully included in their neighborhood schools, communities, employment, and all walks of life.

This site helps you learn about and register for the ACT college entrance exam and has a variety of other tools to help students find success.

College Admissions Tool
This tool will help you find out how the classes you take, your GPA and test scores compare to Colorado college‘s and university’s admission standards. And, if you choose to attend a technical or community college, you can explore that pathway as well

College In Colorado
College In Colorado is a resource to help explore career and education pathways, break down barriers to postsecondary attainment, and create a plan for their postsecondary and workforce success. CIC offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Going2College where you can explore career options, plan for college and locate financial aid sources.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
CIC Scholarship Directory
To learn more about scholarship available to all students in Colorado, please visit College In Colorado's scholarship database.

Colorado Opportunity Fund
The College Opportunity Fund (COF), created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a participating college.

Education Training Voucher for Foster Youth
The Colorado Education and Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in foster care. Students may receive up to $5000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Applicants must complete the ETV application which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to ETV confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) and unmet need.

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school.

FAFSA Colorado Completion Portal
With the support of The Kresge Foundation, The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), has developed an online tool to help counselors better assist high school seniors to successfully complete the FAFSA. This tool allows counselors, principals and mentors access to provide more targeted assistance to their students. This tool is instrumental in increasing FAFSA completion rates for students -- especially first generation students pursuing postsecondary options. Only after signing a data agreement with CDHE does an authorized individual (from the district or specific nonprofit) have access to student level information on FAFSA completion status. Each cohort is securely matched to ISIR data showing a “complete,” “not complete,” “student signature,” or “parent signature” status. How Can My District Receive Access? Complete the data agreement available on the FAFSA Portal.

My Federal Loan
FedLoan Servicing is one of a limited number of organizations approved by the Department of Education to service these loans and is dedicated to supporting borrowers with easy and convenient ways to manage their student loans.

Students with Disabilities
IN! Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education
IN! –Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education is grounded in the belief that all students, including those with intellectual disabilities have the ability and the desire to advance their education beyond high school. 

Think College
College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities This Website is designed to share resources and strategies for transition-aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college.

Veteran Students
Colorado Military State Benefits
Learn about veteran benefits in Colorado such as housing programs, employment and education benefits, financial assistance and more.

Wrap Around Services
211 Colorado
The 2-1-1 Colorado database holds information about more than 11,000 services across the state of Colorado. Colorado 2-1-1 is a simple and easy-to-remember number and web site that people can access when they need help or want to give help. Often times, people don’t know where to go for help… or that help is available. People don’t know that emergency food and shelter assistance is available, child care is accessible for low- and middle-income families, after-school programs offer a safe place for youth, and more. And, if you have heard of a service, but can’t remember where it is, how do you find out?

Denver Area Youth Services
DAYS is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting children, youth, and families throughout the Denver Metropolitan Area. Services include home-based therapy; individual, couples, and family therapy; substance abuse treatment; foster care; community supervision; parenting classes; and transitional services

Hunger Free Colorado
Hunger Free Colorado leads efforts to connect families and individuals to food and nutrition resources, and to create positive changes in systems, policies and social views, so no Coloradan goes hungry.

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The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative is a program of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. For more information about the program, connect with us on:

ColoradoScholarshipInitiative @ColoScholarship