The information on this website is considered to be general guidance and is not legal advice. Refer to the state statutes to view the actual law.

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.

According to Colorado tuition classification statutes, a student who is not yet 23 years of age may qualify as an emancipated minor if the student demonstrates complete financial and residential independence for at least one year. If you believe that you qualify to petition as an emancipated minor, you must not receive financial support from your parents, family, friends or other such sources, including from funds that your parents or others previously established for you.

Specific Emancipation Requirements

  • Parents or legal guardians have entirely surrendered the right to your care, custody and earnings; are no longer under any duty to support you; and have made no provision for your support.
  • You must provide evidence of verified income necessary to pay all ordinary or necessary expenses, including tuition.
  • You may not be included on parent’s health insurance or cell phone plan.
  • Financial support from sources outside your personal income, including gifts, co-signed loans (including PLUS loans), trust funds or other assets established by family or others are regarded as evidence of non-emancipation if the funds or assets were intended, or could reasonably have been expected, to provide support for the period you claim to be emancipated. Direct loans (subsidized or unsubsidized), scholarships or grants through financial aid are acceptable sources of income.
  • You may receive reasonable incidental gifts consistent with emancipation, so long as such gifts are not inconsistent with the concept of financial independence.
  • Colorado domicile must be verified during the entire emancipation qualifying year.

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.

The following may also be considered evidence of emancipation, although none of these situations is considered conclusive evidence:

Attend a Session

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.