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What are PIPs?
PIPs are Positive Impact Points - a ‘currency of change’ - that are earned and redeemed for verifiable daily life behaviors that benefit the planet, community and personal health. Behaviors are tracked and rewarded via the PIPs Rewards App that has been customized for UCCS students.
How do I scan QR Codes and NFC Cards?
Watch our Youtube Tutorials that our PIPs Engagement Specialist, Ryan Maikell, put together that show you how to scan step-by-step:
Do you have to be a current, enrolled student at UCCS to participate?
Yes, since this is a customized rewards app the University has invested in for our students, you must be a current, enrolled UCCS student to earn and redeem PIPs.
How do I redeem my PIPs?
Your PIPs points can be redeemed for scholarship money, or utilized with a number of vendors through your PIPs app. To check out the ways to redeem your points check out: https://www.pipsrewards.com/redeem
How do I redeem my PIPs to help pay for UCCS tuition?
In the main menu of the PIPs Rewards mobile app:
Select PIPs for School
Swipe up to see your options
Choose an option:
Make a lump-sum commitment (in increments of 2,500 PIPs) or
Pledge a percentage of future earned PIPs
Make Your Plan in May or December
If you have close to 10,000 PIPs near the end of the semester, you will be contacted by the PIPs Team via your colorado.edu email to ask if you:
want to redeem your PIPs for scholarship money now (to put toward the next semester's university account) or
continue to save PIPs for future use.
Once you confirm that you would like to redeem your PIPs now, you are advised to meet with a financial aid counselor to determine the best timing. The Office of Financial Aid will then confirm with the PIPs Team your choice and a one-time scholarship will be applied directly to your university bill in the following semester. If your university bill is already paid in full, your PIPs reward will be provided to you as a refund. Please note the deadlines for committing your PIPs (below).
Deadlines & Exceptions
PIPs for School can only be turned into a scholarship for use in a future semester. In order to make sure the award pays toward your university bill, you will need to work with the Office of Financial Aid by the following deadlines:
By June 1 for the fall semester
By January 1 for the spring semester
PIPs for School cannot be used toward summer tuition and fee bills.
What’s the largest amount of money I could earn and redeem for my UCCS tuition?
You can commit up to 50,000 PIPs for School in one academic year (the equivalent of $500). If matching funds are available, you could earn up to $1,000 toward tuition and fees in one academic year. This totals to be $1,500 in scholarship funds.
What if I’m having technical difficulties with the PIPs app?