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Did you stop going to school during COVID? Or did the pandemic prevent you from starting classes after you applied? 

If you want to return to complete your degree or certificate, there’s more help available right now than ever before. 

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students in Colorado had to press pause in the middle of their educational journey. And many students who had applied—and were planning to attend college—put their plans on hold during the pandemic because they couldn’t afford it. 

  • Didn’t make it to graduation? 
  • Didn’t start when you meant to? 
  • Did COVID decrease your income? 

If you, or someone you know, fits one of these descriptions, there’s an unprecedented opportunity for you right now. If you start soon, you may even be able to finish your education at no cost to you

Think You Can’t Afford College?  

At FRCC, you can. This is the best possible time to invest in your future—and we can help you pay for it.  

Front Range Community College is looking for former students who wish to return to the college to complete their degrees. FRCC has been awarded two grants from the state—that will help those who stopped out of college during the pandemic get back to school. 

Participants in the Finish What You Started program will be able to finish their degree or certificate—with no out-of-pocket cost for the remaining part of their education.

People who are looking to begin school to learn skills for a new career are also eligible to be awarded grant money — up to $1,500 per year for the Back to Work program. 

  If you think one of these options describes you, click here to find out more—or here to see if you qualify

It’s Free Money

These grants are not loans—they do not have to be repaid. Both programs use a “last dollar plus” model, which means students first need to apply for financial aid—and then after any financial aid funds are awarded, additional grant money will be applied to their account.  

FRCC has staff eager to help you apply to see if you’re eligible and guide you through the process. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Email our team at with any questions. 

Help Reaching Your Goals

Students admitted into these grant programs will also receive rounded support from their dedicated student success coach—that’s a full-time staff member whose job is to ensure students are meeting their academic goals while at FRCC. Individuals in our programs will also have the opportunity to attend programs and workshops on a variety of topics to enhance their experience in college. 

These grants are expected to financially assist roughly 750 students per academic year. If you are a student who was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic—and either left FRCC without obtaining your degree OR are hoping to start school to re- or up-skill for a job—you might qualify.  

Please complete this form and a program staff member will be in touch. We look forward to connecting with you! 

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