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 the responsibility of the petitioner.
  • Petitions must be submitted no later than the deadline date.
  • Completed petitions that include all required documentation will be typically be reviewed within 4-6 weeks.
  • Students will receive the decision through CSU email.  Parent petitioners will receive the decision through the email address provided on the petition.
  • 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.

Petition Review and Decision Process

  • Completed petitions that include all required documentation will be reviewed and petitioners will be notified of the decision by email typically within 4-6 weeks after the completed petition is submitted.
  • If additional information is required, the additional information must be submitted within two weeks of the request unless special arrangements are made with the Tuition Classification Office.
  • 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 the deadline provided in the decision letter.
    • 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.
    • If you are a new student admitted to CSU no earlier than 30 days before the posted petition deadline or after the posted petition deadline, please contact our office as soon as possible to inquire about the petition process.
  • 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

Semester First Date to Submit Petition Deadline Date to
Submit Petition
Domicile Must be
Established by this Date
Domicile Year
Summer 2022 March 1, 2022 April 15, 2022 May 16, 2021 May 16, 2021 - May 16, 2022
Fall 2022* April 1, 2022 June 30, 2022* Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021 - Aug 22, 2022
Spring 2023 November 1, 2022 December 15, 2022 Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022 - Jan 17, 2023
Summer 2023 March 1, 2023 April 15, 2023 May 15, 2022 May 15, 2022 - May 15, 2023
Fall 2023 April 1, 2023 June 30, 2023 Aug 21, 2022 Aug 21, 2022 - Aug 21, 2023
Spring 2024 November 1, 2023 December 15, 2023 Jan 16, 2023 Jan 16, 2023 - Jan 16, 2024

*Submit the petition by the date on your copy of the petition. Some fall 2022 petitions have a different deadline date due to a transition of the petition deadline schedule.

Petition Deadlines for GUEST Students

Semester Deadline Date to Submit Petition* Domicile Must be Established by this Date Domicile Year
Spring 2022 Feb 2, 2022 Jan 18, 2021 Jan 18, 2021 - Jan 18, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept 8, 2022 Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021 - Aug 22, 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.

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).