Military Members

Active Duty Military Exemption

  • Active-duty members of the armed forces (and their dependents) on either PCS or TDY orders in Colorado can qualify for resident tuition regardless of domicile or length of residency in Colorado. The military member must have reported to a duty station in the state no later than the first day of class for the applicable academic term. Active duty status stationed in Colorado must be verified each term by the military installation using the Military Tuition Waiver Request Form.
  • If a student’s parent was on active duty in Colorado at any time during the student’s senior year of high school in Colorado, the student can retain resident tuition if the parent is transferred outside Colorado (but not if the parent retires). The student must enroll at a public institution of higher education in Colorado within 12 months of graduation, but cannot have attended college outside of Colorado. Active duty status stationed in Colorado must be verified each term by the military installation using the Military Tuition Waiver Request Form.
  • Military dependents continuously enrolled in a Colorado college continue to qualify for resident tuition if the military member is transferred outside of Colorado and while the military member continues active military service. Active duty status stationed in Colorado must be verified each term by the military installation using the Military Tuition Waiver Request Form.
  • Unless the student meets the requirements for establishing Colorado residency, this eligibility expires as of the first term that begins after retirement or loss of dependent status.

Military Members Domiciled in Colorado

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 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 their dependents), who return permanently to Colorado within 6 months of discharge can qualify for resident tuition regardless of changes in domicile while on active duty.

Colorado National Guard Members

Members of the Colorado National Guard (and their dependents) qualify for resident tuition if the Guard member maintains his or her sole residence in Colorado. The Guard member must have been a member of the Colorado National Guard by the first day of class for the applicable academic term. Colorado National Guard status must be verified each term by the military installation using the National Guard Waiver.

GI Promise - Honorably Discharged Veterans

All honorably discharged veterans, their spouse and their dependents who show established domicile in Colorado immediately preceding the start of the semester, regardless of length of time, shall be granted in-state tuition. Honorable discharge status must be verified using the Honorably Discharged Veteran In-State Tuition Application form. A dependent is an unmarried undergraduate student and under the age of 23 on or before the first day of class.

Qualifying active-duty armed forces include:

  • United States Army
  • United States Navy
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Public Health Service
  • United States NOAA Corps
  • Members of the Canadian Military stationed in Colorado

 

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