Exceptions to 1-Year Domicile Requirement

Four-Year Rule

If your parents (or court-appointed legal guardians) maintain Colorado domicile for four years and subsequently establish domicile elsewhere, you will remain eligible for resident tuition if:

  • Your parents leave Colorado after your junior year of high school and you enroll at a Colorado public college or university within three years and six months after your parents leave Colorado.


  • You maintain continuous Colorado domicile. This provision will generally be met if you continue to reside in Colorado after your parents leave or if you reside outside the state only temporarily (for example, to attend college or for military service) while maintaining Colorado domiciliary connections such as voter registration and income tax filing.

Colorado High School Graduates

A student can qualify for resident tuition regardless of emancipation, parent domicile or parent citizenship if the student:

  • Is a U.S. citizen (green card holders do not qualify), AND
  • Graduated from a Colorado high school or received a Colorado GED, AND
  • Attended a Colorado high school for at least the three years immediately preceding enrollment in a Colorado institution of higher education. In the case of a GED, the three-year requirement is a physical residence requirement rather than a high school residence requirement.

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.

Economic Development Incentive

The Economic Development Incentive provides exception to the one-year domicile requirement for employees (not spouses) and employee’s children (unmarried child under 22 years of age on the first day of the term) of companies who move to Colorado pursuant to an incentive from the Office of Economic Development or a local government economic incentive program. The employee must have been employed by the employer prior to the relocation. See the Tuition Classification Officer for the necessary Economic Development Form if you believe you qualify.

New Faculty at State-Supported Colleges

This initiative provides exception to the one-year domicile requirement for the child of a new faculty member (not the faculty member or spouse) who is employed at a state-supported institution of higher education. The student (unmarried child under 22 years of age on the first day of the term) will qualify for resident tuition if the student’s parent (or court appointed legal guardian) moves to Colorado to take a faculty position.


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