An unemancipated minor (i.e., a dependent who has not yet reached the age of 23 by the first day of classes for the semester) is presumed to have legal Colorado residency if they have a parent or legal guardian who resides in Colorado.
Residency requires that the parent has made Colorado their permanent, fixed home for at least one year prior to the start of classes, regardless of whether that parent provides any actual support or has legal custody.
Residency requires that:
- Your guardian has legal custody of you as defined by Colorado Revised Statutes §19-1-103(73).
- The court appointing the guardianship has certified that the primary purpose of the appointment is not to qualify the student for in-state tuition and that your parents do not provide financial support.
- The guardianship has been in effect for at least one year prior to the start of classes.
- The guardian has made Colorado their permanent, fixed home for at least one year prior to the start of classes.