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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**​
​Summer 2018 (May-Augu​st) ​March 5, 2018 ​April 27, 2018​ ​May 29, 2018 ​June 4, 2017
​Fall 2018​​ ​April 2, 2018 ​July 20, 2018 ​August 13, 2018 ​August 20, 2017
​Spring 2019 ​Oct. 1, 2018 ​Dec 7, 2018 ​January 14, 2019 ​January 22, 2018
Summer 2019​ ​March 4, 2019 May 10, 2019 June 3, 2019 June 10, 2018
Fall 2019​ April 1, 2019 July 19, 2019 ​August 12, 2019 August 19, 2018
Spring 2020​ ​Oct. 7, 2019 ​Dec. 6, 2019 ​Jan. 13, 2020 ​Jan. 21, 2019

*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