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Colorado Residency

For Tuition Purposes


Anschutz Medical Campus

Other programs of student at the Anschutz Medical campus
School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine Professional programs

The Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine Professional programs have more specific requirements that may affect your residency status and your status as an "accountable" or "sponsored" student.  The "accountable" or "sponsored" student status would remain the same throughout your career as a School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine student.  Please talk to your Admissions director (School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine) for current information about "accountability" and whether it applies to you.

For more information, contact:

Kathleen Corte
Office of the Registrar
University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus
Campus Box A-054, Education II North
13120 E. 19th Avenue, Room 3205
Aurora, CO  80045
kathleen.corte@ucdenver.edu
Voice:     303-724-8054
Fax:         303-724-8060

Denver Campus

Tuition classification is governed by Colorado statutes that apply to all state-funded institutions in Colorado.  Institutions are bound by the provisions of this statute and are not free to make exceptions to the rules set forth.

Students are initially classified as in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes at the time of application.  The classification is based upon information furnished by the student and from other relevant sources.  After the student's status is determined, it remains unchanged in the absence of satisfactory evidence to the contrary.

Once a student is classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes and has attended as a non-resident, the student must petition for a change in classification.  Petitions must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the term for which the student wishes to be classified as a resident.  It is preferred that petitions be received 30 days prior to the beginning of the term.  Late petitions will not be considered until the next semester.  Specific information may be obtained from the Tuition Classification Officer.

The final decision regarding tuition status rests with the University.  Questions regarding residence (tuition) status should be referred only to the Tuition Classification Officer.  Opinions of other persons are not official or binding upon the University.  Additional information is available in the brochure, Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes, which may be obtained from the Tuition Classification Officer.

 

Basic Requirements for Residency

The statue provides that an in-state student is one who has been a legal domiciliary of Colorado for one year or more immediately preceding the beginning of the term for which the in-state classification is being sought (see exceptions tab). Persons over 23 years of age or who are financially independent establish their own legal domicile. Those who are under 23 years of age and un-emancipated assume the domicile of their parent or court appointed legal guardian. An un-emancipated minor's parent must, therefore, have a legal domicile in Colorado for one year or more before the minor may be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes.

Domicile is established when one has a permanent place of habitation in Colorado and the intention of making Colorado one's true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation. The tuition statute places the burden of establishing a Colorado domicile on the student. The question of intent is one of documented fact and needs to be shown by substantial connections with the state sufficient to evidence such intent. The most common ties with the state are:

  1. Change of driver's license to Colorado;
  2. Change of automobile registration to Colorado;
  3. Colorado voter registration;
  4. Permanent employment in Colorado;
  5. And most important, payment of state income taxes as a resident by one whose income is sufficient to be taxed.
ASSET Students

Students who are U.S. citizens or undocumented and who graduate from high school (or obtain a GED) in Colorado and attended at least three years of high school in Colorado are eligible to pay in-state tuition in Colorado if they attended a public college in Colorado within 12 months of graduating from high school (or obtaining a GED).  The student must provide an official high school transcript with graduation date to be eligible.  Undocumented students seeking in-state tuition under the ASSET bill must go to the College Opportunity Fund website and choose the option for students who are NOT US citizens, permanent residents or otherwise legally present in the US.  This will give the student the opportunity to electronically sign an affidavit stating that he will apply to become a permanent resident as soon as he is able.

Detailed information is outlined in the brochure, Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes, which may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

Exceptions to the One-Year Domicile Requirement

The following chart indicates the exceptions to the one-year domicile requirement and whether the individual, a child dependent, or spouse qualifies. Also indicated is whether the exception provides for Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) eligibility and if the student is eligible for resident financial aid programs. Consult tuition classification staff to apply for these exceptions.

 

 

In-state
eligible

Child
dependent
qualifies6

Spouse qualifies

COF eligible

Resident financial
aid eligible

Colorado National Guard member (Colorado residents only)

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Active Duty military stationed in Colorado PCS

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Active Duty military temporary duty in Colorado

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

Returning active-duty member(1)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Canadian military active duty in Colorado

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Veterans(2)

YES

NO

NO

YES(6)

NO

Economic Incentive Program(3)

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

New faculty at state-supported college

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

Western Regional Graduate Program(4)

YES

NO

NO

*

NO

Three year resident(5)

  YES

NO

  NO

YES

YES

*COF does not apply to graduate programs

Notes:

1. A returning active duty member is a person domiciled in Colorado one year immediately preceding entering active duty who does not maintain Colorado domicile continuously while on active duty and who returns permanently to Colorado within 6 months of discharge.

2. Employee moved to Colorado due to employer moving operations to Colorado as result of receiving an incentive from the Colorado Office of Economic Development.  Employee must have been employed by the employer prior to the relocation.

3. See http://wrgp.wiche.edu for qualifying graduate majors.

4. U.S. citizen, Colorado high school graduate or G.E.D., attends high school in Colorado 3 years immediately preceding enrollment or resides in Colorado 3 years immediately preceding enrollment.

Honorably Discharged Veterans

Honorably discharged veterans are eligible to pay in-state tuition in Colorado if they were honorably discharged on or before the first day of classes and did at least two of the following on or before the first day of classes. 

  • Obtain a Colorado driver's license
  • Register to vote in Colorado
  • Register a car in Colorado
  • File Colorado state income taxes as a resident
  • Work off campus in Colorado
  • Purchase a home in Colorado (the home must be the student's primary residence)

The student must provide a copy of his DD214 with the notation "HONORABLE" at the bottom right.

Residency Forms

Residency Forms should be submitted after you have been admitted to the University but before the first day of classes for the semester. In order to download and view Adobe *.PDF forms, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download a free copy.

Residency Petition

Use this form if:

  • You have attended CU as a non-resident student or
  • You are under 23 years of age and are financially emancipated from your parents or the form is requested by the Tuition Classification Officer. Residency Petition.pdf

Otherwise, if you have been classified as a non-resident, submit the

Military Residency

Related Links

  • Brochure - "Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes"
    You may choose Microsoft Word format or Adobe Acrobat *.PDF format. In order to download and view Adobe Acrobat *.PDF files, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download a free copy.
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