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Changing Your Residency

Changing Your Residency Status

If you feel you've met the residency requirements outlined below, you can apply for Colorado Residency by:


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Students petitioning for residency are strongly encouraged to schedule their courses appropriate to their current tuition classification of non-resident. Colorado residency is not granted based solely on living in-state for 12 continuous months, and the burden of proof to establish intent lies solely on the petitioner. If you are seeking to change your residency status to Colorado Resident fear not, this information will help guide you through the process.


The requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are defined by Colorado law (Colorado Revised Statutes 23-7-101 et. Seq), and the tuition classification statutes 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. The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) also has information regarding the residency classification rules.

Applica​ble Term​​ ​First Day to Submit a Petition ​Priority Review Deadline Date* Final Petition Submission Deadline Date​ “Must Move By” Qualifying Date**​
​Spring 2020 ​Oct. 7, 2019 ​Dec. 6, 2019 ​Jan. 13, 2020 ​Jan. 21, 2019
​Summer 2020​​ ​March 2, 2020 ​May 8, 2020 ​June 1, 2020 ​June 8, 2019
​Fall 2020 ​April 6, 2020 ​July 17, 2020 ​August 10, 2020 ​August 17, 2019
Spring 2021​ ​October 5, 2020 December 4, 2020 January 11, 2021 January 19, 2020
Summer 2021​ March 1, 2021 May 7, 2021 ​May 30, 2021 June 7, 2020
Fall 2021​ ​April 5, 2021 ​July 23, 2021 ​August 16, 2021 ​August 23, 2020

*Submitting a petition by the Priority Review Deadline Date guarantees the petitioner will be notified of a decision before the first day of the term.
**The “Must Move By” Qualifying Date is the date by which you must have established your permanent residence (which is domicile and intent) in Colorado to qualify to petition for the corresponding term.

In-State Tuition Residency Requirements
Qualified Individuals
Establishing Domicile
Special Circumstances