Qualifying for In-State Tuition

Military Personnel

  • Active-duty members of the armed forces of the United States and Canada on permanent duty station in Colorado and their dependents (as defined by military regulations) are eligible for in-state status, regardless of domicile or length of residence in Colorado. The military member must have reported to a duty station in the state, as certified by his or her military command, not later than the first day of class of the applicable academic term.
  • Unless the student meets the requirement for domicile in Colorado for one year as detailed in the Residency application, this eligibility expires as of the first term that begins after retirement or loss of dependent status, except that if student is a Colorado high school graduate and the parent was on active duty in Colorado during the students senior year, the student qualifies for in-state tuition.
  • Military dependents continuously enrolled in a Colorado college continue to qualify for in-state tuition if the military member is transferred outside Colorado but not if the parent retires.
  • Unless the student meets the requirement for domicile in Colorado for one year as detailed above, this eligibility expires as of the first term that begins after retirement or loss of dependent status.
  • To retain domicile during an absence from Colorado due to military orders, military personnel must maintain Colorado as their state of legal residence for tax purposes, and voters must maintain Colorado voter registration.
  • Military personnel may retain legal residence in their original state, or they may establish a new legal residence in a state in which they reside due to military orders. They may not establish domicile in Colorado while residing elsewhere or while being physically present in the state only on a temporary basis.

Canadian Military

  • Any member of the military forces of Canada stationed in Colorado, or the dependent of any such member, shall receive in-state tuition status at any institution of higher education in this state.
  • No member of the Canadian military shall be deemed to be stationed in this state unless he maintains a full-time principal residence in this state.
  • In-state tuition status for Canadian military personnel or their dependents shall terminate at the conclusion of the current quarter or semester upon transfer to any station outside of this state.

If you do not qualify for residency based on the standards above, you may qualify based on the general classification standards set by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. You may petition for residency by filling out our Residency application available at the One Stop for Student Services. For more information please visit the CDHE residency site.

In-State Tuition Petition

Applications for in-state residency can be picked up at the One Stop for Student Services. Completed applications can be turned in to the Records Office.

Spring Semester

  • 1st Submission Date: November
  • Priority Decision Deadline: December
  • Due Date: Spring Add/Drop Deadline
  • Domicile Qualifying Date: January of Previous Year

Summer Semester

  • 1st Submission Date: April
  • Priority Decision Deadline: May
  • Due Date: Regular Session Add/Drop Deadline
  • Domicile Qualifying Date: May of Previous Year

Fall Semester

  • 1st Submission Date: April
  • Priority Decision Deadline: May
  • Due Date: Fall Add/Drop Deadline
  • Domicile Qualifying Date: August of Previous Year
For more information regarding residency petitions, please refer to the Records Office Colorado Residency Info.