Colorado’s largest
higher education system

Facts & Figures

CCCS Statutory Mission

  • Open Access – We admit anyone who wants to attend college and re-imagine a more prosperous future. Our colleges are “student-ready” – providing support services and pathways for all types of learners to earn a credential, degree, or transfer to a four year college. CCCS is the largest system of higher education in the state, serving approximately 125,000 students in academic year 2020.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) – In academic year 2020, over 24,000 CTE certificates and degrees were awarded to post-secondary students at our 13 colleges and secondary students. 37,000 post-secondary students were enrolled in CTE programs at our colleges. The total number of secondary students enrolled in high school CTE programs was approximately 171,000.
  • Transfer – For academic year 2020, over 16,000 of our students transferred to public and private four-year colleges and universities.
  • Workforce Development – As of academic year 2020, over 450 customized trainings for 4,000+ new and incumbent workers were implemented. Each year, CCCS’s Skill Advance Colorado Program - in partnership with OEDIT, saves businesses $4 million in employee training costs.
  • Concurrent Enrollment – In academic year 2020, CCCS colleges served 34,989 high school students in undergraduate courses, creating pathways from high school into higher education. A total of 2,950 college credentials were awarded to concurrent enrollment students in high school, saving students and their families $35 million in college tuition costs.
  • Bachelor's Degrees – CCCS colleges offer Bachelor's degrees in a growing number of specific disciplines designed to enhance graduates’ employment opportunities.

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Emergency Service Administration
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Water Quality Management
    • Geospatial Science
    • Secure Software Development
    • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Advanced Paramedic Practitioner
  • Master’s Degree – Through Red Rocks Community College’s Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), CCCS is the only community college system in the United States to offer a master’s degree.


  • CCCS serves nearly 125,000 undergraduate students through 13 colleges. In addition, we train more than 4,000 Coloradans each year through various other programs, making us the largest higher education system in the state.
  • CCCS full-time-equivalent student enrollment was 49,139 in FY 2019-20.
  • We serve 48% of all undergraduate Students of Color in higher education in Colorado.
  • Across the CCCS: 37% of our students are Students of Color; 56% of our students are female; and, 65% of our students are under 25 years old.
  • Colorado residents are 93% of our student-FTE.


The economic impact of the CCCS is $5.8 billion annually, which is roughly equal to the creation of 98,100 jobs. Students receive an average annual rate of return of 14.8% per year, after adjusting for inflation, from their investments in their education at one of our 13 colleges. For every $1.00 a student invests at our colleges, they receive $4.30 more in lifetime earnings. State and local governments receive a rate of return on their investment in CCCS of 13.5% per year after adjusting for inflation.


Resident tuition at Community Colleges is $4,467 ($148.90 per credit hour x 30 credit hours) annually for a full-time student.

CCCS Funding

State General Funds FY 2018-19 Final Revenue FY 2019-20 Final Revenue
Colorado Technical Act $26,675,279 $27,238,323
Industry Training (CJT/EIT) $4,500,000 $4,500,000
Career and Technical Education (Occed) $900,000 $962,309
Fee for Service Contract $58,678,717 $63,308,881
COF Stipend $113,393,329 $127,138,814
Other Revenue Sources FY 2018-19 Final Revenue FY 2019-20 Final Revenue
Carl Perkins Grant (Federal $) $18,865,919 $18,868,489
Tuition $276,725,856 $283,722,825
Mandatory Student Fees $19,512,976 $20,842,282
Amendment 50 $10,904,253 $11,639,809
TOTAL $530,156,329 $558,221,732
*Note These funds are passed on to the K-12 school district and are not included in the CCCS total funding line.


The Colorado Community College System received $11,639,809 from Amendment 50 gaming funds in FY 2019-20.


  • Community College Students received $265.9 million in state and federal financial aid in FY 2019-20.
  • State financial aid totaled $44 million, while federal financial aid comprised $178 million in FY 2019-20, federal and state work study total $8 million and other student aid totaled $265 million.
  • 47% of our students receive financial aid.
  • The average aid award in FY 2019-20 was $6,336.
  • CCCS colleges serve the highest share (65%) of the state’s college-going student population that are eligible for “Pell Grant” federal financial aid.