Four-Year Rule

If you are not a qualified individual and your parents had Colorado domicile for four or more years and then moved to another state after you completed your junior year of high school and you enroll at a Colorado public college or university within three years and six months after your parents left Colorado you may be eligible for Colorado residency. Please contact Office of Financial Aid for the appropriate form and documentation that will need to be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Economic Incentive Program

Employees whose employer moved their company operations to Colorado as a result of receiving an incentive from the Colorado Office of Economic Development are eligible for Colorado residency for tuition purposes. The employee must have been employed by the employer prior to the relocation and show they have established domicile in Colorado.  Please contact Office of Financial Aid for the appropriate form and documentation that will need to be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester

New Faculty at a State-Supported College

The dependent child of a new faculty member (but NOT the faculty member or the spouse) at a state-supported institution of higher education is eligible for Colorado residency for tuition purposes. A faculty member is defined as academic faculty with regular and special appointments of 50% time or greater.  A dependent child is an unmarried undergraduate student and under the age of 23 on or before the first day of class.  Please contact Office of Financial Aid for the appropriate form and documentation that will need to be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Attended Colorado High School for Three Years

A student (other than a nonimmigrant alien) who meets the below criteria is eligible for in-state tuition classification. This includes U.S. Citizens, permanent resident aliens and students without lawful immigration status.

  • Enrolled for at least three year at a public/private Colorado high school immediately preceding graduation or earning a GED
  • Admission into Colorado institution of higher education/attends a reciprocal program within 12 months of high school graduation or earning a GED
  • Students without lawful immigration status are required to submit an affidavit (onetime on the COF website) stating that the student has applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. Once you have been admitted to CSU and have complete the COF affidavit please contact Office of Financial Aid.

Students who graduated from a Colorado high school or completed GED prior to September 1, 2013 and were not admitted into Colorado university or college within 12 months of graduation but meet ALL other eligibility criteria may qualify for in-sate tuition by providing documentation to the school proving that the student has been physically present in Colorado for eighteen months prior to enrolling. Please contact Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.

Colorado Employment and relocation by parents of dependent student

Granting in-state student status to a child who moves to Colorado during the child’s senior year of high school as the result of the child’s parent or legal guardian taking a job in the state that requires relocating to Colorado.

  • Child’s parent or legal guardian moved their family to CO for the purpose of accepting a job in the state during the child’s senior year of high school.
  • Child moved with their parent or legal guardian to CO during the child’s senior yr of high school and they graduated from a CO public high school.
  • Must be a legal resident of the US.

Please contact Office of Financial Aid for the appropriate form and documentation that will need to be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Admissions Application Instructions:

If you are preparing to apply for admission and think you may qualify for one of the above exceptions:

  • Select “Yes” to the Residency prompt in the application for admission. I understand that I may be classified as a non-resident until I petition AND my petition has been reviewed and approved.” Completed the residency section for you and your parent/guardian to the best of your ability.

The Office of Admissions will review the residency information you provide and make an initial determination of your residency classification.  If you think you may qualify for an exception, you will need to follow the instructions for the exception or contact Office of Financial Aid for more information.