Exceptions to One-Year Domicile

The following exceptions are rare. Please read the qualifications carefully and contact Tuition Classification with any questions before filling out an application.

Military Exceptions

Active-Duty Military Dependent

A dependent of an active-duty military member currently stationed in Colorado must:

  • be a dependent of an active-duty military member currently stationed (PCS) in Colorado
  • be a dependent at the time the member is stationed in Colorado
  • if a child dependent, be biological or legally adopted

To apply, complete this form: Verification of Active Duty Station in Colorado.

A dependent of a current or former military member not stationed in Colorado must:

  • enroll in a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 years after the member was active duty and stationed (PCS) any length of time in Colorado
  • if a child dependent, be biological or legally adopted
  • if a spouse, have been married to the military member at the time the member was stationed in Colorado and at the time the spouse is requesting in-state tuition classification 

To apply, complete this form: Dependents of Military Personnel Previously on PCS in Colorado.

When approved, the military dependent is:

Active-Duty Military Student

Any military member who has ever had a PCS or TDY/TAD in Colorado is eligible for in-state tuition. Once qualified as an in-state student, the member does not lose eligibility if the member retires or separates from the military, nor does the member lose in-state status by reason of presence in any state or country while a member of the armed forces. 

If the military member is currently on active duty, complete this form: Verification of Active Duty Station in Colorado.

If the military member is a veteran, see the Veteran section below. 

When approved, the active-duty personnel is:

  • if PCS, eligible for the College Opportunity Fund (separate application required)
  • if TDY, not eligible for the College Opportunity Fund
  • if PCS or TDY, not eligible for resident financial aid
Canadian Military Active Duty in Colorado

Personnel must:

  • be stationed in Colorado with permanant change of station (PCS) orders
  • have physical residence in Colorado

Child dependents and spouses must:

  • have physical residence in Colorado
  • provide evidence that they are the military member's spouse or their biological or legally adopted child

To apply, please contact Tuition Classification for the appropriate form.

Colorado National Guard Members and Dependents

A Colorado National Guard member must:

  • be stationed in Colorado by the first day of classes for the applicable term
  • have physical residence in Colorado

Child dependents and spouses qualify for the exception if the Colorado National Guard member:

  • is stationed in Colorado
  • maintains physical residence in Colorado

To apply, please contact Tuition Classification for the appropriate form.

When approved, the military member and/or dependent is:

Veteran

A veteran must:

  • be an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces
  • have a DD214 dated on or before the first day of the term
  • have previously been stationed in Colorado on a PCS or TDY/TAD, or be moving to Colorado permanently

To apply, complete this form: Verification of U.S. Armed Forces Veteran.

A veteran’s child dependent or spouse applying as a student must have completed two years of Colorado high school. To apply, complete the Veteran Dependent Form.

When approved, the veteran and/or dependent is:

Note: Veteran dependents who do not qualify for the above exception may qualify for in-state tuition if the dependent qualifies under the requirements of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. If you believe that you may qualify under this act, please contact veterans@colorado.edu for more information.

Colorado High School Exceptions

ASSET/Three-Year Colorado High School

See the Colorado ASSET website for program details.

Students identified as U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents (green-card holders) must:

  • attend at least three full years of Colorado high school (need not be consecutive)
  • graduate from a Colorado high school or earn a Colorado GED
  • enroll in a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months of high school graduation

Students identified as not having lawful immigration status (includes DACA status) must:

  • attend at least three full years of Colorado high school (need not be consecutive)
  • graduate from a Colorado high school or earn a Colorado GED
  • enroll in a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months of high school graduation
  • apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) and submit the supplemental COF affidavit indicating that the student does not have lawful immigration status, but has applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as the student is eligible (separate application required)

Transfer students who do not enroll in a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months will be further evaluated to determine whether they've also completed 18 months of continuous physical presence. These students will be identified through the admissions application process.

After the student is admitted to CU-Boulder, complete the College Opportunity Fund application.

Family Moved During Student's Senior Year of High School

If the student's parent(s) or court-appointed legal guardian moved the family to Colorado as a result of the parent accepting employment in Colorado during the student's senior year of high school AND the student has graduated or will graduate from a Colorado public high school, the student is eligible for in-state tuition. To apply, please contact Tuition Classification for the appropriate form.

When approved, the student:

  • is not eligible for the College Opportunity Fund for the first year of enrollment
  • is not eligible for resident financial aid
Four-Year Rule

If the student's parents or court-appointed legal guardians maintained Colorado domicile for four years and then established domicile elsewhere, the student will remain eligible for in-state tuition if either:

  • The student's parents left Colorado after the student's junior year of high school and the student enrolled at a Colorado public college or university within three years and six months after the parents left Colorado

OR

  • The student maintained continuous Colorado domicile (this provision will generally be met if the student continues to reside in Colorado after the parents leave or if the student resides outside the state only temporarily [for example, to attend college or for military service] while maintaining Colorado domiciliary connections, such as voter registration and income tax filing)

New applicants may indicate "four-year rule" on the tuition classification form submitted with the application for admission.

Admitted students should contact the Office of the Registrar for additional instructions and information.

Whan approved, the student is:

Program & Employment Exceptions

Dependent Child of New Faculty at Colorado State-Supported College

This application is for children of new faculty at Colorado state-supported colleges and universities who otherwise would not qualify for in-state tuition as one-year Colorado residents. The parent must have moved to Colorado for the primary purpose of taking a faculty position.

To apply, complete this form: New Faculty at Colorado State-Supported Institutions.

When approved, the child dependent is:

Note: The faculty member and the faculty member's spouse do not qualify for this exception.

Economic Incentive Program

This program is for employees moving to Colorado as a result of the employer relocating to Colorado due to an incentive from the Colorado Office of Economic Development. An employee must:

  • have been employed by the employer prior to and after the relocation
  • provide appropriate documentation from the Colorado Office of Economic Development

To apply, please contact Tuition Classification for the appropriate form.

Child dependents are eligible for the exception if the parent provides proof of participation in the Economic Incentive Program. To apply, please contact Tuition Classification for the appropriate form.

When approved, the employee and/or child dependent is:

Note: The employee's spouse does not qualify for this exception.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Check the WICHE website for more information on WRGP.

A student must:

  • be enrolled in a qualifying program at CU-Boulder
  • prove residency in a qualifying state (not Colorado)

To apply, complete this form: Western Regional Graduate Program In-State Tuition Application.

When approved, the WRGP student:

  • is not eligible for the College Opportunity Fund
  • is not eligible for resident financial aid
  • must not attempt to become a Colorado resident
  • cannot use any period of time while receiving the WRGP exception to begin Colorado domicile

Status Exceptions

International Students

International Students are persons who are lawful permanent residents or who are admitted as refugees are eligible to establish domicile for tuition purposes. Nonimmigrant aliens who are residing in Colorado for purposes other than education may qualify for in-state status after one year of Colorado residence. The nonimmigrant categories subject to this provision are determined by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Nonimmigrants in the following categories cannot qualify for in-state tuition: F-1, F-2, H-3, H-4 (if the visa holder is the spouse or child of an H-3), J-1 and J-2 (if the J-1 visa holder is a student or trainee), M-1, and M-2.