Published: Sept. 7, 2021 By

Who Received This Email?
We sent this email at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, to first-semester graduate and law students who were classified as nonresidents for tuition purposes.

Dear [first],

According to our records, you're currently classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes. As a graduate or law student, you may be eligible to petition for in-state residency for Fall 2022, provided you established physical presence in Colorado on or before Aug. 21, 2021, and take the necessary steps to establish legal ties by the time periods outlined below.

Your Next Steps to Petition for a Fall 2022 Residency Change

If you've established physical presence and you'd like to petition for a change in residency for Fall 2022:

  1. Take action now to establish legal ties to Colorado. You're expected to obtain a Colorado driver's license within 120 days of your move and register your vehicle within 180 days. Make your DMV appointment now; students are reporting significant delays due to COVID-19.
  2. Review our adult petition information, graduate student video and graduate student handout for additional requirements expected of a Colorado resident.
  3. Submit your completed petition between March 1, 2022, and July 15, 2022 (4:30 p.m.). Mark the final deadline on your calendar now. 

If you have individual questions about the petition process, please email the tuition classification office at

Considerations for International Students & WRGP Participants

International students with student visas (e.g., F-1, F-2, H-3, J-1, M-1, M-2) do not typically qualify for in-state tuition and should not submit a petition without first contacting the tuition classification office at

Graduate students who qualify for in-state tuition rates under the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) should not make changes to their domicile and should not petition for in-state tuition. WRGP applies to select academic programs only.

Office of the Registrar | University of Colorado Boulder
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