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University of Colorado Denver

Veteran Student Services

Residency Petition

For students seeking in-state tuition


Residency requirements have changed due to Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act as of July 1, 2015. For more information on Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act and/or eligibility requirements, please go to the Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act VA webpage.

If you are eligible for in-state residency, submit your (or the Service Member's) DD-214 as well as two legal ties to Colorado (listed below) to validate your residency status by fax to 303-556-2398 or by bringing it into the OVSS to be scanned and processed.

For those who do not qualify for in-state residency under Section 702 (Federal Level), there is still the option of petitioning for in-state residency through the Colorado House Bill 1039 (State Level) found below.

According to the Colorado House Bill 1039 (GI Promise Act), student veterans are granted in-state residency by petition for the purposes of tuition. They will be automatically granted in-state residency as long as they prove they are intending to make Colorado their permanent state of residence. In order to petition for in state residency, a student must provide a DD214 and TWO of the following four forms:
  • Colorado Drivers License/State ID
  • Colorado Vehicle Registration
  • Colorado Voter's Registration
  • Colorado State Tax Returns
  • Colorado House Deed
  • Proof of Off-Campus Employment (Pay Stub or Letter from Employer)


If you are petitioning for in-state residency status, all documentation must be faxed to 303.556.2398 or emailed to BEFORE THE END OF THE SEMESTER. If not, then you will be responsible for the difference between the in-state and out of state tuition. The Post 9-11 GI Bill will only cover tuition up to the in-state rate.


Office of Veteran Student Services

Phone: 303-556-2630 or 303-556-2745

Street Address: Tivoli Student Union, Suite 124, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 173364, Campus 155, Denver, CO 80217-3364


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