Active-duty members of the armed forces of the
United States and Canada on permanent duty stationed in Colorado and
their dependents (as defined by military regulations) are eligible for
in-state status, regardless of domicile or length of residence
The military member must have reported to a duty station in
Colorado, as certified by their military command, by the first day of
class of the applicable academic term. To obtain this in-state tuition
rate, the student must submit a Certification
of Military Status Form signed by their Base Education Officer
verifying their active military status and permanent duty assignment in
Colorado, along with a copy (both front and back sides) of the military
identification card. Dependents must
present verification of the active military person on permanent
duty, along with a copy of the military dependent identification card.
This certification must be signed and submitted to the Registrar’s
Office no earlier than 90 days prior
to the first day of classes and no later than 10 working days
from the first day of the term. The certification must be completed and
submitted each semester. Unless the student meets the requirements for
domicile in Colorado for one year, this
eligibility expires as of the first term that begins after
retirement or discharge from the military or loss of dependent status.
A dependent of a member of the armed forces is eligible for
in-state tuition classification when the member moves to Colorado on a
permanent change-of-station basis, regardless of the length of the
member's or dependent's residency in Colorado. After
qualifying as an in-state student, a member of the armed forces
of the United States on active duty, or the member's dependent, shall
not lose his or her eligibility for in-state tuition status if the
member retires or separates from the military.
"Dependent" means a spouse of a member of the armed services who
was the member's spouse at the time that the member was stationed in
Colorado and at the time the spouse is requesting in-state tuition
classification and any child under twenty-three
years of age born to or legally adopted by the member of the
armed forces who enrolls in a public institution of higher education
within twelve years after the member was stationed in Colorado.
If the parent was on active duty in Colorado at any time
during the student's senior year of high school in Colorado, the student
retains in-state status if the parent is transferred outside Colorado
(but not if the parent retires). The student must
enroll in a public institution of higher education in Colorado
within 12 months of graduation, but cannot have attended college outside
Military dependents continuously enrolled in a Colorado
college continue to qualify for in-state tuition if the military member
is transferred outside Colorado and/or separates from the military.
To retain domicile during an absence from Colorado due to
military orders, military personnel must maintain Colorado as their
state of legal residence for tax purposes, and voters must maintain
Colorado voter registration.
Military personnel may retain legal
residence in their original state, or they may establish a new legal
residence in a state in which they reside due to military orders. They
may not establish domicile in Colorado while residing elsewhere or while
being physically present in the State only on a temporary basis.
Persons domiciled in Colorado for one year who enter active
duty military service, and who return permanently to Colorado within 6
months of discharge, and their dependents, qualify for in-state tuition
regardless of changes of domicile while on active
The requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are defined by Colorado law (Colorado Revised Statutes
23-7-101 et. Seq
), and the tuition classification statutes apply to
all state-funded institutions in Colorado. Institutions are bound by the
provisions of this statute and are not free to make exceptions to the
rules. The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE)
also has information regarding the residency classification rules.