Published: Sept. 6, 2022 By

Who Received This Email?
We sent this email at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, 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 2023, provided you established physical presence in Colorado on or before Aug. 27, 2022, and take the necessary steps to establish legal ties by the time periods outlined below.

To become a resident of Colorado, and be eligible for in-state tuition, you must demonstrate your intent to establish domicile in Colorado as your true, fixed, and permanent home of habitation. Domicile intent is demonstrated through a number of actions to build legal ties to Colorado, along with physical presence in the state. To be reclassified as a resident by this time next year, you must complete the below steps in addition to the physical presence requirement above.

Your Next Steps to Petition for a Fall 2023 Residency Change

If you've established physical presence and you'd like to petition for a change in residency for Fall 2023:

  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 to obtain your driver's license, or Colorado ID, and register your vehicle in Colorado.

    Please note that maintaining any of the above ties with a state other than Colorado (e.g., holding an unexpired license/vehicle registration in another state) is evidence of non-domicile in Colorado, and may negatively impact your eligibility to qualify as a Colorado resident. Failure to obtain one of these legal ties simply because the previous state's documentation has not expired will negatively affect your petition for residency.

  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 to request a change in residency between March 1, 2023 and July 14, 2023 (5 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.

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