Both the School of Medicine and the School of Dental
Medicine accept Colorado residents and non-residents. Students are classified
for tuition purposes at the time they are admitted to a University of Colorado
professional program. For more information regarding Colorado residency for
tuition purposes please see the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s
online Guide to Residency
or Colorado State Statute C.R.S.
Unique to the M.D. and D.D.S. programs, in addition to being
classified as resident or non-residents, students may also be classified as
Who is an
According to Colorado State
23-20-138 an accountable student is “a person who, as of the date of
his or her selection for admission into a university of Colorado at Denver and
health sciences center professional health care program, will not be receiving
funding from the state of Colorado or a cooperative state for any portion of
the costs incurred in participating in a university of Colorado at Denver and
health sciences center professional health care program.”
Students admitted to the School of Medicine or the
School of Dental Medicine who have been classified as Colorado non-residents as of
their date of selection who are not sponsored through the WICHE Professional
Student Exchange Program are considered accountable students.
Students who are admitted to the Medical Scientist Training
Program (MSTP) are not considered accountable students, regardless of their
tuition classification as resident or non-resident.
What are the
Responsibilities of an Accountable Student?
Accountable students are required to pay a special support
fee to the university each year as a condition of their continued enrollment in
the University of Colorado School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine. This special support fee is also known as an
accountable student fee, and is listed an itemized part of a student’s bill
A student may petition to change their tuition
classification after establishing Colorado domicile. However, once a student
has been classified as an accountable student, this classification cannot be
changed, and they are responsible for continuing to pay the special support or
accountable student fee for each year of continued enrollment. Additionally,
according to Colorado State Statute:
“If after the first year the
accountable student ceases to participate in his or her university of Colorado
at Denver and health sciences center professional health care program for
reasons other than a medical disability, he or she shall repay to the
university of Colorado at Denver and health sciences center professional health
care program the difference between the amount paid for the special support fee
and the amount of tuition that would have been otherwise assessed to the
To read the full legislation regarding the accountable
student program at the University of Colorado please see C.R.S. 23-20-138.
For a list of tuition and fees please consult the tuition
and fees schedule for the School
of Medicine and the School
of Dental Medicine.
What is the
Date of Selection?
The date of selection is the uniformly applied date by which
accountable student status is determined for each admitted cohort. The date of
selection is the date by which students must have established at least one year
of Colorado domicile. The date of selection is applied during the same year the
student intends to matriculate.
The date of selection for the School of Medicine & School of
Dental Medicine is July 1st.
For example, if a student has applied to matriculate in
2019, then the date of selection would be observed as either July 1, 2019.
What is a
Cooperative State & the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program?
A cooperative state is “a state that has entered into a
cooperative agreement with the state of Colorado.” Currently, the only states engaged
in such agreements with the State of Colorado regarding medical education are
the member states and territories of the Western Interstate Commission for
Higher Education (WICHE).
WICHE oversees the Professional Student Exchange Program
(PSEP). Students must apply for consideration for PSEP support through their
home state’s WICHE office. PSEP funding is competitive, and students should
seek more information from their WICHE home state office as soon as possible.
Final confirmation of WICHE home state support for the
Professional Student Exchange Program typically arrives in July or August
preceding a student’s matriculation. It is a student’s responsibility to keep
in touch with their home state’s WICHE office to check on the status of their
WICHE PSEP application.
For more information about WICHE and PSEP please visit the
Military, Honorably Discharged Veterans & Their Dependents
Students who are current active duty members of the U.S.
military, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans or the dependents of U.S.
military active duty members or honorably discharged veterans may qualify as
Colorado residents without meeting 12 months of continuous domicile in the
state of Colorado.
Those active duty U.S. military members, honorably
discharged veterans and eligible dependents who do qualify for Colorado
residency under state statute and federal law will not be classified as
For more information please visit the Veteran and Military
Student Services residency webpage.
You may also contact Veteran and Military Student Services directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.