Get Started Here :: Military Veteran Student Checklist

Wondering where to get started? Feeling slightly overwhelmed by the idea of college? No worries! We have created this checklist to help get you through everything from applying for VA Educational benefits, to applying for school, and all the steps in between showing up for your first class. If you have any questions, please contact us at the contact information below. We're here to help!

*Service members should seek the advice of their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or the counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling to any institution of higher learning.

Military Veteran Student Checklist

Step One: Activate/Transfer Benefits and Apply for Admissions

  • Complete the Education Benefit Application at form 22-1990 to initiate your GI Bill® benefits* and receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) NOTE: It could take up to 2 months to receive your COE from the VA. You may continue through the remaining steps on this list before you receive your COE. If you need to switch your benefits from another school to RRCC, use form 22-1995 if you are the service member, or form 5495 if you are a dependent.

  • Apply for admissions to Red Rocks Community College.

  • Complete the Application for the College Opportunity Fund (COF). This stipend pays a portion of your in-state tuition costs ($77 per credit hour). If you need to establish Colorado residency for tuition purposes, bring a copy of your DD-214 (Must be honorably discharged) and a Colorado ID to Janis Egan in the Admissions Department.

  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at This form determines your eligibility for Federal Student Aid and Pell Grants. The RRCC School Code for this application is 009543

Step Two: Complete Red Rocks 101 Orientation (Online) - Mandatory

Designed to help students successfully navigate the college experience, Red Rocks 101 covers important topics such as class registration, financial aid, degree and certificate options, and student services. You can access the online orientation here.

Step Three: Assessment Test & Previous Transcripts (if applicable)

Colorado requires all students to complete a math and language assessment before taking classes at any state school (unless you qualify for an exemption). The assessment is free and computerized, no appointment is necessary, and there’s no such thing as failing (it just helps place you in the right classes). Visit RRCC Assessment to find out more. If you have taken any college coursework prior to starting classes at RRCC, you must provide your transcripts, as they may exempt you from the assessment test or earn you credit for prior learning. It is required by the VA the RRCC receive all of your past college level transcripts. Please visit our Student Records web page for more information. You might also be exempt from the assessment if you scored at or above the scores below on the ACT or SAT within the past 5 years.

ACT SCORES: Reading: 17, English: 18, Math 19. SAT: Reading: 800-830, English: 840-870, Math 880-920

Step Four: Meet with an Academic Advisor & Have Your Blue Sheet Signed

Our experienced advisors will interpret your assessment results, and help pick the right classes for your chosen degree program. Have a question about which certificate or degree is right for you? Your advisor can help point you in the right direction. Stop by the Advising area for more information or visit the Advising department website. Walk-ins welcome!

If you are receiving GI Bill® benefits be sure to let your advisor know, and have them initial your “blue sheet” (This is our Authorization for VA Certification form). You can pick up a blue sheet from either outside of the Certifying Official Office, Rm. 1005 on the Lakewood Campus, or print one from the Education Benefits page here.

Step Five: Register for Classes

You may register for classes in person at the Lakewood or Arvada campus or you can log in to the student portal “The Rock” and register for classes online. Once you have signed up for classes, turn in your blue sheet to the School Certifying Official, Aimee Claire Van Rooyen, in Room 1005. 

Additional Checklist Items


Activate Your Student Email Account

This is the way the school keeps in contact with you, it is important to activate your email account as soon as possible.

Step 1. Log in to the “The Rock” to access your Student Email by clicking on the envelope icon at the upper right.

Step 2. Click the icon (gray torso) on upper right to receive your email address. (

Step 3. To forward your emails to a mobile device do the following:

  1. Click on the SETTINGS (the gear) icon.
  2. Below on the right side of page click on MAIL.
  3. On the left side of page under ACCOUNT, click FORWARDING.
  4. At the top of the page click the button marked START FORWARDING.
  5. Type in your personal email address in the window provided. (@gmail, @yahoo, etc.)
  6. If you want copies of your email saved in your accounts, check the box - Keep a copy of forwarded messages.
  7. Click on SAVE. 
  8. If you receive an email from your RRCC account and need to reply to it, log into The Rock and reply from there.

Get Your Student ID

  • Bring your printed schedule to the Student Life Desk at the Lakewood campus for verification of registration. Student Life hours are Mon.-Thurs. 0900-1900 and Friday 0900-1700.

Buy/Rent your Text Books and Daniels Brothers Book Loan

  • Bring your printed schedule for help finding your books in the bookstore or visit
  • RRCC offers the Daniels Brothers book loan, for student veterans awaiting their GI Bill® book stipend. The loan is limited to $400 per semester. Contact Aimee Claire Van Rooyen (303-914-6353 for more details.

Accessibility Services (If needed)

The role of Accessibility Services is to remove barriers for students with disabilities by providing support and accommodations. Disabilities can be physical, psychological, developmental, related to learning or health-related.

        To schedule an intake appointment:

  • Call: 303-914-6733
  • Email:
  • Stop by Accessibility Services (Rm. 1182 at the Lakewood Campus inside the Learning Commons)

RRCC Contact Information

Lakewood Campus
13300 W. 6th Ave. Lakewood, CO 80228

Arvada Campus
5420 Miller St. Arvada, CO 80002

Rita Case, Veteran Services Coordinator

Aimee Claire Van Rooyen, School Certifying Official

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at