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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Application, Semester, Course, and Student Resources Questions

Yes! Please contact Janae Knipp at 719-502-2453 (Room A-110) to make an appointment.

A credit hour is equal to one hour of classroom instruction. For example, a grammar course, which is five credits, meets for five hours a week for fifteen weeks, or one semester. Each course has a different number of credit hours, so be sure to check the number when you plan your class schedule. To be considered a full-time student at PPCC, you must be enrolled in a minimum 12 credit hours a semester.

The fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long. The summer semester is shorter and is 10 weeks long.

We offer basic and intermediate level classes during the summer semester. Advanced level classes are not offered in the summer. The summer semester is a ten week semester, and all classes meet in the daytime, Tuesday through Thursday.

Books can be obtained in the PPCC Bookstore in the C Building, Room C-102. Grammar students should be sure to purchase new textbooks, so they have access to the on-line workbook. Here is our current book list.

Tutoring sessions are available in the Learning Commons for ESL students who need extra help with homework assignments or have questions about class work. The tutors are ESL instructors and are familiar with all of the classes that are taught here. Stop by Room A-200 for tutoring as well as technology and library assistance. You can check for tutoring times after the first week of the semester.

Many of our students continue at PPCC! When you complete your ESL courses, you then take a general placement exam for the college, and you can take any number of classes at PPCC that you want.

Yes, you can, and it's free for current PPCC students! Please see our bus information page to learn more.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers an ESL education program.

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Payment, Refund, and Financial Aid Questions

Yes, most of our students get financial aid. Citizens, resident aliens, and refugees may be eligible. It is recommended that you apply for financial aid at least four weeks before the beginning of the coming semester. If you need assistance with filling out your Financial Aid application (FAFSA), please contact Kandy Ruiz at 719-569-6081 to make an appointment. You are also invited to apply for scholarships.

The cost of each class depends on the number of credit hours and whether you are a Colorado resident or a non-resident. Grammar classes are five credits each; pronunciation classes are three credits each; all other ESL classes are four credits each. Many of our students get financial aid to help pay for classes. Please see our estimated tuition information.

PPCC offers many different payment options.

Yes, you may receive a full refund of your tuition if you drop your classes by the drop date. The drop date is usually in the second week of classes and is listed in the current class schedule. After that time, you will not receive a refund.

Residency, International Students, undocumented students, DACA students, ASSET students, and Global Village Questions

Resident students are students with resident alien cards, or U.S. citizens, who can prove that they have lived in Colorado for at least one year. (Colorado Driver's License or Colorado State I.D. card are usually used as proof of Colorado residence.) If you are active military or an active military spouse, you can apply to receive resident rates. See our Enrollment Services office (A-110) for more information. Non-resident students are students with tourist, visitor, and other visas or other students who have not lived in Colorado for at least one year.

Please see PPCC's undocumented students page. These students may qualify for Colorado State Financial Aid.

International Students who have F (student) visas must meet with Audrey Faulkner before they can register. Please call (719) 502-2484 to make an appointment.

Check out the Global Village.

 

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Can I get help completing the PPCC application?

Yes! Please contact Janae Knipp at 719-502-2453 (Room A-110) to make an appointment.

What is a credit hour?

A credit hour is equal to one hour of classroom instruction. For example, a grammar course, which is five credits, meets for five hours a week for fifteen weeks, or one semester. Each course has a different number of credit hours, so be sure to check the number when you plan your class schedule. To be considered a full-time student at PPCC, you must be enrolled in a minimum 12 credit hours a semester.

How long is one semester of classes?

The fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long. The summer semester is shorter and is 10 weeks long.

What classes are offered in the summer?

We offer basic and intermediate level classes during the summer semester. Advanced level classes are not offered in the summer. The summer semester is a ten week semester, and all classes meet in the daytime, Tuesday through Thursday.

What books will I need?

Books can be obtained in the PPCC Bookstore in the C Building, Room C-102. Grammar students should be sure to purchase new textbooks, so they have access to the on-line workbook. Here is our current book list.

If I need extra help in a class, is tutoring available?

Tutoring sessions are available in the Learning Commons for ESL students who need extra help with homework assignments or have questions about class work. The tutors are ESL instructors and are familiar with all of the classes that are taught here. Stop by Room A-200 for tutoring as well as technology and library assistance. You can check for tutoring times after the first week of the semester.

When I finish ESL classes, can I continue at PPCC?

Many of our students continue at PPCC! When you complete your ESL courses, you then take a general placement exam for the college, and you can take any number of classes at PPCC that you want.

Can I take the bus to Centennial Campus?

Yes, you can, and it's free for current PPCC students! Please see our bus information page to learn more.

Where can I receive training to become an ESL instructor?

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers an ESL education program.

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Can I get help paying for my classes?

Yes, most of our students get financial aid. Citizens, resident aliens, and refugees may be eligible. It is recommended that you apply for financial aid at least four weeks before the beginning of the coming semester. If you need assistance with filling out your Financial Aid application (FAFSA), please contact Kandy Ruiz at 719-569-6081 to make an appointment. You are also invited to apply for scholarships.

How much do the classes cost?

The cost of each class depends on the number of credit hours and whether you are a Colorado resident or a non-resident. Grammar classes are five credits each; pronunciation classes are three credits each; all other ESL classes are four credits each. Many of our students get financial aid to help pay for classes. Please see our estimated tuition information.

What methods of payment can I use to pay my tuition?

PPCC offers many different payment options.

Can I get a refund if I drop my classes early in the semester?

Yes, you may receive a full refund of your tuition if you drop your classes by the drop date. The drop date is usually in the second week of classes and is listed in the current class schedule. After that time, you will not receive a refund.

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How do I qualify for resident tuition?

Resident students are students with resident alien cards, or U.S. citizens, who can prove that they have lived in Colorado for at least one year. (Colorado Driver's License or Colorado State I.D. card are usually used as proof of Colorado residence.) If you are active military or an active military spouse, you can apply to receive resident rates. See our Enrollment Services office (A-110) for more information. Non-resident students are students with tourist, visitor, and other visas or other students who have not lived in Colorado for at least one year.

What information do you have for undocumented, DACA, or ASSET students?

Please see PPCC's undocumented students page. These students may qualify for Colorado State Financial Aid.

How do I register for classes if I am in another country?

International Students who have F (student) visas must meet with Audrey Faulkner before they can register. Please call (719) 502-2484 to make an appointment.

What's a good place for me to connect with other students of diverse backgrounds and to get more conversation practice?

Check out the Global Village.