Steps in the Petitioning Process:

  • Attend a residency orientation to obtain detailed information regarding Colorado residency requirements, the petitioning process, petitioning deadlines, and to obtain a “Petition for In-State Tuition Classification.”
  • Complete the “Petition for In-State Tuition Classification” and attach all required documentation. The burden of proof to provide clear and convincing evidence of eligibility for Colorado residency is on the petitioner.
  • We recommend you submit your completed petition by the Priority Deadline to Submit Petition. Petitions must be submitted no later than the deadline date.
  • Completed petitions that include all required documentation will be reviewed within 4-6 weeks.
  • You will receive your decision by mail or CSU email.
  • To avoid late payment charges, continue to pay the amount due on your University student account by the due dates. If you are determined to be a Colorado resident, your non-resident tuition/fees will be adjusted to the Colorado resident rate. You will be reimbursed if you paid more tuition/fees than are due as a resident.

Any student who provides false information to avoid paying non-resident tuition may be subject to legal and/or disciplinary action.

Submit a Residency Petition:

Petitions may be securely uploaded here

Fax: 970-491-5010

Mailed petitions must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Attn: Tuition Classification
Office of Financial Aid
Colorado State University
1065 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523

You may drop-off documents in the secure drop-off box located outside of Centennial Hall on CSU campus (southeast corner of the oval behind the administration bldg).

Please note: Emancipations may not be faxed or uploaded.

Petition Review & Decision Process

Completed petitions that include all required documentation will be reviewed and petitioners will be notified of the decision by mail or email within 4-6 weeks after the completed petition is submitted. If additional information is required, the additional information must be submitted within 15 business days of the request unless special arrangements are made with the Tuition Classification Officer.

Decisions made by the Tuition Classification Officer may be appealed to the University’s Residency Appeals Committee. Petitioners who want to appeal the decision must contact Office of Financial Aid no later than two weeks (10 business days) after the date the denial letter was mailed to the petitioner. The decision of the Residency Appeals Committee is the final University determination for that semester.

Petition Deadlines

Submit completed petitions to Office of Financial Aid no later than the published deadline date for the semester for which you are petitioning. Mailed petitions must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Petitions will not be accepted after the published deadline date. Incomplete petitions will not be accepted and/or reviewed and your tuition classification and tuition assessment will remain non-resident for that term. Residency statutes do not permit retroactive tuition re-classification.

Petition Deadlines for Admitted Students

SemesterFirst Date to Submit PetitionDeadline Date to Submit PetitionDomicile Must be Established by this DateDomicile Year
Fall 2021April 1, 2021July 23, 2021Aug 23, 2020Aug 23, 2020 - Aug 23, 2021
Spring 2022November 1, 2021December 10, 2021Jan 18, 2021Jan 18, 2021 - Jan 18, 2022
Summer 2022March 1, 2022April 15, 2022May 16, 2021May 16, 2021-May 16, 2022
Fall 2022April 1, 2022June 30, 2022Aug 22, 2021Aug 22, 2021-Aug 22, 2022
Spring 2023November 1, 2022December 15, 2022Jan 17, 2022Jan 17, 2022-Jan 17, 2023

Petition Deadlines for GUEST Students

SemesterDeadline Date to Submit Petition*Domicile Must be Established by this DateDomicile Year
Fall 2020Sept 9, 2020Aug 24, 2019Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 24, 2020
Spring 2021Feb 3, 2021Jan 19, 2020Jan 19, 2020 - Jan 19, 2021
Fall 2021Sept 1, 2021Aug 23, 2020Aug 23, 2020 - Aug 23, 2021
Spring 2022Feb 2, 2022Jan 18, 2021Jan 18, 2021 - Jan 18, 2022
*GUEST Students whose applications are processed after the first day of classes for each semester and who want to petition for in-state tuition classification, must contact the Office of Financial Aid, Centennial Hall, (970) 491-6321. Petitions must be submitted by the end of course add/course drop for the semester.