Tuition Rates Tuition classification is governed by C.R.S. 23-7-101, et. seq. (1973), as amended. Institutions of higher education are bound to the provisions of this statute and are NOT free to make exceptions to the rules set forth. The statute provides that an in-state student is one who has been a legal domiciliary of Colorado for one year or more immediately preceding the beginning of the term for which the in-state classification is sought. Persons over 22 years of age or who are emancipated at the beginning of the 12 month waiting period establish their own domicile. Those who are under 22 and unemancipated assume the domicile of their parent or court appointed legal guardian. An unemancipated minor's parent, therefore, must have a legal domicile in Colorado for at least one (1) full year before the minor may be classified in-state for tuition purposes.
Domicile is established immediately when one has a permanent place of habitation in Colorado and the intention of making Colorado one's true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation. The tuition statute places the burden of establishing legal domicile on the person seeking in-state tuition. The question of intent is one of documentable fact and must be manifest by substantive ties with the state sufficient to evidence such intent. Legal domicile in Colorado begins the day that BOTH a permanent place of habitation AND one's intent to make Colorado your permanent, legal home can be proven to the registering authority. The most common ties with the state that serve to evidence the required intent are:
1- change of driver's license to Colorado;
CAUTION: Payment or filing of back taxes in NO WAY serves to establish a legal domicile at a time earlier than the date on which filing takes place.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND DEPENDENTS
1- Pay the ownership tax on your Colorado license plates. DO NOT take the military waiver on the ownership tax. This waiver requires an affidavit of NON-residence in Colorado.
2- Change your state of legal residence for income tax purposes to Colorado IMMEDIATELY upon forming your intent to make Colorado your legal domicile.
In order to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term, the 12 month waiting period (a full 365 days which does not begin until the legal domicile is established) MUST have expired by the first day of classes. If one's 12month waiting period expires at any time AFTER the first day of classes, in- state tuition CANNOT be granted for that term.
ONCE CLASSIFIED AS NON-RESIDENT FOR TUITION PURPOSES, YOU MUST PETITION THE OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS & RECORDS, IN WRITING, FOR A CHANGE OF CLASSIFICATION AT SUCH TIME AS YOU WISH THE CLASSIFICATION TO BE RECONSIDERED.
The petition and complete documentation MUST be submitted by the 6th day of classes in summer or the 12th day of classes in fall or spring in order to be considered for that term. Petitions submitted after this deadline CANNOT be considered until the next, subsequent term. If you have any questions, please contact the Tuition Classification Evaluator in Admissions & Records at 719-255-3381. A copy of the Colorado Revised Statutes, as amended, is available in the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Library.
SPECIAL RULES APPLY TO ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS OF THE U.S./CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, THEIR DEPENDENTS, and to OLYMPIC ATHLETES LIVING & TRAINING IN COLORADO SPRINGS AND PUEBLO. Contact the Tuition Classification Officer for details. These individuals must prove their entitlement to in-state rates EACH AND EVERY TERM they register by class day 12 in fall or spring and class day 6 in summer. There can be NO EXCEPTIONS to these deadlines.