Students who do not qualify to petition with the adult petition or the parent petition should read the requirements carefully before attempting to petition as an EMANCIPATED MINOR.
An emancipated minor must prove complete financial and residential independence, and must have been domiciled in Colorado for at least one year prior to the first day of classes in the semester for which they are petitioning.
A student who is emancipated receives no support from anyone. Proving emancipation is extremely rare and virtually impossible for most undergraduate students.
Students petitioning to prove emancipation must attend a Tuition Classification 101 session to obtain a copy of the petition and learn about the petition process. Emancipation petitions are not available online; however, you may view a sample petition.
Specific Emancipation Requirements
To be reviewed for residency as an emancipated minor, complete an emancipation petition, with all required supporting documentation, and submit by the posted deadline. If an emancipated minor is granted in-state tuition status, financial independence must be maintained; otherwise, the student is subject to reclassification as a nonresident.
Attendance at an on-campus Tuition Classification 101 session is required for students needing to prove emancipation; however, anyone interested in petitioning for Colorado residency may attend. Visit the Attend a Session page to check the schedule and register for an upcoming session.