The state of Colorado partially subsidizes the cost of tuition for all students whose domicile, or permanent legal residence, is in Colorado. Each CU student is classified as either a "resident" or a "nonresident" at the time of matriculation. These classifications are based on information furnished by each student on his or her application for admission to CU.
Tuition classification is governed by state law (Title 23, Article 7, of the Colorado Revised Statutes of 1973, as amended) and by judicial decisions that apply to all public institutions of higher education in Colorado, and is subject to change at any time. The university is not free to make exceptions to the rules except as specifically permitted by state law. For more information, please visit the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.
If your current tuition classification is nonresident, the residency petition process is your only tool to request a change to your residency status. All qualified individuals who are interested in petitioning for Colorado residency must complete the appropriate petition. Petitions may be downloaded by clicking the corresponding links. Paper copies are available in the Office of the Registrar.
The following students must submit a completed Adult Residency Petition:
Optional Tuition Classification 501 sessions are available for students who meet one of the above qualifications. These informational sessions cover basic domicile qualifications, petitioning process and deadlines. Seating is limited, so please register through the Tuition Classification Calendar.
Students who do not qualify to petition with the parent petition or the adult petition may qualify to petition as an EMANCIPATED MINOR.
An emancipated minor must prove that they are financially and residentially independent as well as domiciled in Colorado for one full year. Emancipation petitioners are required to attend a Tuition Classification 101 session to obtain a copy of the petition and to learn about the petition process. Petitions are not available online.
Tuition Classification 101: Emancipation Sessions are scheduled on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. throughout the semester in the Regent Administrative Center. Seating is limited, so please register through the Tuition Classification Calendar. Attending this session is the only way to obtain a valid residency petition for emancipation.
Submit a completed Parent Petition to demonstrate parent domicile in Colorado.
|Applicable Term||Domicile Qualifying Date*||Earliest Submission Date||Final Deadline|
|Summer 2016||May 8, 2015||April 1, 2016||May 13, 2016,
at 4:30 p.m. MT
|Fall 2016||August 21, 2015||April 1, 2016||July 25, 2016,
at 4:30 p.m. MT
|Spring 2017||January 16, 2016||September 30, 2016||December 16, 2016,
at 5 p.m. MT
*The domicile qualifying date is the date by which you must have established your permanent residence in Colorado to qualify to petition for the corresponding term.