Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Military, Veterans, and Family Members

  • Military, Veterans, and Family Members
  • Active Duty and Family Members / Guard and Reserve
  • Veterans / GI Bill® Benefit Users
  • Veterans Upward Bound

Military and Veteran Affiliated Students


Rampart Range•S102•719-502-4500

Fort Carson Education Center•Building 1117•Room 117•719-502-4200

Peterson Space Force Base (PSFB) • Education, Testing & Training Services Center • Building 1141 • Room 112 • 719-502-4300

Shriever Space Force Base (SSFB) and United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) • contact our PSFB office to schedule an appointment on site

Website: pikespeak.edu/military

Email: mvp@pikespeak.edu

PPSC’s Department of Military & Veterans Programs (MVP) is here to serve our active duty, veterans, and family members in supporting your educational goals. We recognize that unlike traditional students your military commitments and educational benefits can create extra challenges for you to navigate while pursuing your education. Pikes Peak State College is a proud participant in the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, approved for veteran education benefits, as well as being recognized as both Military State and Best for Vets. We are passionate about providing resources and services designed to foster student success. Our staff members are active in both state and national organizations committed to providing best practices for military and veteran students.

For all military and veteran students, MVP provides:

  • Resources for educational and community support while attending college
  • Programming and activities to help with academic success
  • Networking opportunities
  • Academic Advisors that understand the requirements of your military education funding.
  • Military and Veterans Programs staff that understand college, VA and DOD processes and can assist mitigating conflicts due to military duty.

Active Duty, veterans and eligible family members who indicate their military status and/or military affiliation on the PPSC application will receive Resident Tuition rates based upon their response. Military and Veteran affiliated students  who did not select yes to military veteran status on their application can submit an application for instate tuition classification at www.pikespeak.edu/military/instate-tuition.

Active Duty and family members /Guard and Reserve:

For your convenience we have college offices located at both Fort Carson and PSFB Education Centers, providing you an all but one-stop shop to get started at PPSC. USAFA and SSFB are by appointment only.

  • Application, Advising, Placement Testing, Registration, and other college services
  • Tuition Assistance– ArmyIgnitEd, Air Force Portal, and other branches of service TA
  • Colorado National Guard Tuition Assistance
  • MyCAA-My Career Advancement Account funding for eligible spouses. Request your Education & Training Plan at www.pikespeak.edu/mycaa
  • CLEP and DSST Testing
  • Joint Service Transcript Evaluation (active duty)-Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
  • Student Agreement/Evaluated Degree Plan preparation
  • On post, on base General Education classes offered in shorter terms and/or hybrid formats to meet your scheduling demands; no student or course fees for on post/base classes.
  • Liaison with instructional divisions if experiencing a military related conflict
  • Active duty and veterans who self-identify on their college application or submit a request for benefit use will have their JST transcripts automatically ordered and evaluated for college credits that satisfy degree requirements-after the drop date of their classes during their first semester.

Getting Started using your Tuition Assistance:

  • The Department of Defense requires all active duty to meet with their Education Service Officer/Military Counselor prior to enrolling. Contact your Education Center for the mandatory briefing
  • Stop by our office on post/base for assistance with completing the application process, placement testing or exemption based on prior college, academic advising, and course enrollment.
  • Register for PPSC classes. If you need developmental courses, you must take a placement test to justify the courses for Tuition Assistance. More information available at www.pikespeak.edu/placement.
  • Visit the TRIO office on Fort Carson for help filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with experts on military income (required for PELL Grants and other Financial Aid).
  • Army Tuition Assistance users must create an ArmyIgnitED account, select an Education Path, and complete the admissions and registration processes through PPSC. Step by step instructions provided at www.pikespeak.edu/admissions/military/benefits/TA.php.
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) Request Deadlines:
  • Army / Air Force / Space Force - TA requests must be submitted for approval no later than seven (7) days prior to start of term per class.
  • Navy /Coast Guard - TA requests must be submitted for approval no later than fourteen (14) days prior to start of term per class.
  • Marines-TA requests must be approved prior to the start of term date for the class.
  • Colorado National Guard - See application instructions and deadlines dmva.colorado.gov/tuition-assistance

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Veterans / GI Bill® Benefit Users


Rampart Range•S102•719-502-4500


GI Bill® Education

All students intending to use their GI Bill® benefits for the first time at PPSC must attend a briefing session that addresses how to maximize their benefits, what is funded, what is not funded, and the steps required to use their benefits at PPSC. Additionally, the briefing will provide campus and community resources for veterans and their dependents to support a successful academic experience. Failing to attend the briefing will delay PPSC submitting your enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for  payment. Briefing schedules and registration are available on our website at pikespeak.edu/briefing.

Services Available

  • Assistance with applying for benefits
  • School Certifying Officials (PPSC employees who act as liaisons to the VA )
  • Veteran to Veterans
  • Textbook Lending Library
  • TRIO Support
  • Transition Support-Veteran Success Coordinator
  • Programming, activities, and networking opportunities
  • Veterans Upward Bound-academic prep and college support
  • VA Work Study employment opportunities

Getting Started Using your GI Bill®

  • Apply to PPSC and identify yourself as a Military and/or Veteran affiliated student.
  • Complete VA Education Benefits Briefing.
  • Apply for your GI Bill® Benefits with the VA (www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply). **Save a copy of your application confirmation page as PDF file, and upload to Mil/Vet tab in your student portal.
  • Visit the MVP webpage (pikespeak.edu/military) for additional information about our resources (chapter specific checklist, military/veteran events, etc.).

Using your GI Bill® Education Benefits at PPSC

  • Request certification each semester you intend to use VA education benefits to pay for your courses pikespeak.edu/crf
  • Enroll in classes
  • Make sure all your courses are applicable to your degree (Reminder: If you need developmental courses, you must take a placement test to justify the courses for Veteran Education benefits. More information available at www.pikespeak.edu/placement.
  • Monitor your student email for School Certifying Official communication.

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Veterans Upward Bound



Veteran/GI Bill® Benefit User Orientation

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program offers free workshops, classes and advising to qualified veterans and active- duty military members. The classes offered are English, math, Spanish, computer skills and career counseling. All class materials are provided by VUB. VUB staff members can provide enrollment assistance for financial aid, scholarships, admission applications and campus tours. Emphasis is on low-income and first-generation students. VUB classes do not count for college credit but prepare the student to transition into college level academics