In-state or resident status requires domicile in Colorado for one year or more immediately preceding the beginning of the semester for which in-state status is sought.
"Domicile" means a person's true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where the individual intends to remain and to which he intends to return when he leaves. Establishment of a new domicile in Colorado occurs when an individual is physically present in Colorado and does not intend to return to the state in which he or she was formerly domiciled (or to acquire a domicile at some other place outside of Colorado).
The domicile of a non-emancipated minor is the same as the parent or guardian with whom he or she resides. Students over the age of 22 years, students enrolled in a graduate degree program, and emancipated minors are qualified to determine their own domicile.
Pursuant to Colorado law, the following may be considered as evidence of Colorado domicile:
Note: No single factor or combination of these factors may be considered conclusive evidence of domicile. Moreover, because domicile is defined as a true, fixed and permanent home, individuals who are present in Colorado on a temporary basis, e.g., for the purpose of completing a degree, cannot establish domicile by merely taking these actions.
You may qualify for in-state tuition through the domicile of a Colorado guardian only if your guardian has legal custody as defined by Colorado Revised Statutes §19-1-103(73). The court appointing the guardianship must certify that the primary purpose of the appointment is not to qualify the student for in-state tuition. The court must also certify that your parents do not provide financial support. The guardianship must be in effect for at least one year. Power of attorney is not guardianship.
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