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:

Review your petition with a counselor before submitting (recommended).

Fall and Spring:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT)
Summer:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MT)

Mailed petitions must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Attn: Tuition Classification
Office of Financial Aid
Centennial Hall
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Petitions may be securely uploaded here

Fax: 970-491-5010

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 Students Admitted to a Degree Program

SemesterFirst Date to Submit a PetitionPriority Deadline to Submit Petition. (Petitioner will be notified of decision before semester begins)Deadline to Submit a PetitionDomicile Must Be Established by this DateDomicile Year
Spring 2018Nov 1, 2017Dec 1, 2017Dec 8, 2017Jan 16, 2017Jan 16, 2017 - Jan 16, 2018
Summer 2018March 1, 2018April 2, 2018April 13, 2018May 14, 2017May 14, 2017 - May 14, 2018
Fall 2018April 2, 2018June 22, 2018July 20, 2018Aug 20, 2017Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 20, 2018
Spring 2019Nov 1, 2018Nov 30, 2018Dec 7, 2018Jan 22, 2018Jan 22, 2018 - Jan 22, 2019
Summer 2019March 1, 2019April 1, 2019April 19, 2019May 20, 2018May 20, 2018 - May 20, 2019

Petition Deadlines for GUEST Students

SemesterDeadline Date to Submit Petition*Domicile Must be Established by this DateDomicile Year
Spring 2018Jan 31, 2018Jan 16, 2017Jan 16, 2017 - Jan 16, 2018
Fall 2018Sept 5, 2018Aug 20, 2017Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 20, 2018
Spring 2019Feb 6, 2019Jan 22, 2018Jan 22, 2018 - Jan 22, 2019
Fall 2019Sept 11, 2019Aug 26, 2018Aug 26, 2018 - Aug 26, 2019
*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.