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Sep 7 - Nov 22, 2014
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CONTACT
Greeley Campus
College Center, 1st Floor
5401 W 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
admissions.records@aims.edu
Phone: (970) 339-6440
Fax: (970) 506-6958

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for: Admissions & Records - Tuition Classification

  1. Where do the rules come from that govern Colorado tuition classification requirements?
  2. How long must I live in Colorado before I can be considered “in-state” for tuition purposes?
  3. What is domicile?
  4. How old must I be to establish my domicile in Colorado?
  5. What is emancipation?
  6. Can I receive any gifts or money from my parents if I am claiming to be emancipated?
  7. Who can be considered a legal guardian?
  8. If I marry a Colorado resident or live with a relative who is a Colorado resident, am I considered an “in-state” student?
  9. What is physical presence?
  10. What is intent?
  11. Are there special circumstances for military personnel?
  12. What if my parents are divorced and only one is living in Colorado?
  13. What if one of my parents lives in Colorado? Does that give me automatic in-state tuition or help the process?
  14. Can I establish “in-state” status while a student?
  15. May I leave the state for vacations or summer work while establishing my “in-state” status?
  16. Is there any consideration given for a minor whose parents have lived in Colorado for a number of years and established “in-state” status, but who moved out of state during the minor’s senior year in high school?
  17. Are non-U.S. citizens capable of establishing “in-state” classification?
  18. Who do I talk to if I disagree with the decision made on my classification?

Where do the rules come from that govern Colorado tuition classification requirements?

The requirements for establishing tuition classification are defined by a statute of the State of Colorado Title 23, Article 7 101 to 107 C.R.S. 1973 as amended, Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) regulations, and CCHE/ State Attorney General Guidelines.

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How long must I live in Colorado before I can be considered “in-state” for tuition purposes?

By law, an “in-state” student, or the student’s parents, must be domiciled in Colorado for 12 or more continuous months by the first day of classes.

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What is domicile?

“Domicile” is the legal term used to describe the place where a person has chosen to make a fixed and permanent home. Domicile includes physical presence and demonstrated intent to make Colorado your home, and must be established for 12 months prior to the first day of classes.

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How old must I be to establish my domicile in Colorado?

According to tuition law, there are three possible situations:
  1. Individuals at least 22 years of age are eligible to establish domicile in Colorado. Physical presence and intent must be established for 12 months prior to the first day of classes. Thus, an individual will meet the requirements of the law no sooner than his/her 23rd birthday.
  2. Individuals under 23 years of age whose parents or legal guardians have established domicile for 12 months prior to the first day of classes could be considered “in-state” for tuition purposes.
  3. Students emancipated prior to the age of 22 are eligible to establish domicile.


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What is emancipation?

Emancipation is the parental surrender of claim to the right to care and custody of a minor. According to the tuition law, emancipation occurs at the age of 22 years, or upon marriage, or if:
  1. The parents or legal guardians submit an affidavit surrendering any claim or right to the care, custody, and earnings of the minor, as well as the duty to support the minor, together with the student's proof that the student can independently meet all living expenses, including the cost of education; and
  2. Failure of parents or legal guardians to provide financial support together with the student's proof that the student can independently meet all living expenses, including the cost of education.
The 12-month waiting period for establishing domicile begins only after the date of emancipation has been established by appropriate documentation.

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Can I receive any gifts or money from my parents if I am claiming to be emancipated?

Gifts from parents that students depend on for financial support are considered evidence of non-emancipation according to the statute. Therefore, loans from family, use of family cars, jointly owned property and/or living with family members may prohibit the student from being considered emancipated.

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Who can be considered a legal guardian?

A legal guardian is defined as someone appointed by the court with personal and financial responsibility for a minor. The tuition law also requires the court document reflecting the guardian appointment to state that the appointment is not for tuition classification purposes and to certify that parents do not contribute to the minor’s support.

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If I marry a Colorado resident or live with a relative who is a Colorado resident, am I considered an “in-state” student?

No. Each individual must establish his/her own domicile as prescribed by the tuition law.

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What is physical presence?

Physical presence refers to the place where a person establishes domicile. A person can have only one legal domicile, which can be considered as physical presence for tuition classification purposes. An individual can establish proof of physical presence by providing rent receipts, lease agreements, home ownership papers, or statements from landlords.

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What is intent?

The tuition law lists several factors that can be used to determine that intent has been established. No one factor by itself is sufficient to measure intent. Each college must make that determination based on the information provided by the individual. It is the responsibility of the individual to provide as much information and documentation as appropriate to document intent. Several factors which will be considered are:
  • Payment of Colorado state income tax as a Colorado resident
  • Permanent, full-time, off-campus employment
  • Withholding of Colorado state taxes from wages
  • Obtaining a Colorado Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or a valid Colorado ID for identification purposes in a timely manner upon moving to Colorado or becoming eligible for one
  • Obtaining Colorado license plates in a timely manner upon owning a motor vehicle
  • Registering to vote in Colorado
  • Ownership of residential property in Colorado
  • Any factors which are specific to the individual which demonstrate established intent to make Colorado one’s permanent home
Intent, together with physical presence, establishes domicile. Intent, however, is more difficult to establish and prove. The more forms of intent that an individual can provide, the easier it is to determine if the individual has established intent. There is no one set of criteria that is applied to an individual. It is the responsibility of the individual to document special circumstances.

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Are there special circumstances for military personnel?

Yes. Military personnel and their family members permanently stationed in Colorado, as defined by military regulations, can qualify for in-state tuition classification. These individuals should contact the Education Officer at the installation where they are assigned for further information. Military personnel who wish to become permanent Colorado residents may establish their “in-state” status by proving intent according to tuition law.

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What if my parents are divorced and only one is living in Colorado?

An unemancipated student can be considered in-state if one of the student’s parents has established domicile in Colorado.

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What if one of my parents lives in Colorado? Does that give me automatic in-state tuition or help the process?

An un-emancipated student who is not domiciled in Colorado, but who has a parent who is domiciled in Colorado, is called a parent qualified student and qualifies for in-state tuition classification.

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Can I establish “in-state” status while a student?

Yes, but the mere fact that you are a student, part-time or full-time, is not sufficient evidence to consider you an “in-state” student. You must still demonstrate your physical presence and intent before you can be considered “in-state.”

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May I leave the state for vacations or summer work while establishing my “in-state” status?

Yes, but you must maintain the Colorado connections you have established, such as claiming any income as Colorado income for tax purposes. Any interruption or change in these connections could reverse the original classification and cause you to have to reestablish your domicile upon returning to Colorado. You should check with the institutional tuition classification officer before you leave the state.

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Is there any consideration given for a minor whose parents have lived in Colorado for a number of years and established “in-state” status, but who moved out of state during the minor’s senior year in high school?

Yes, a minor who remains in Colorado may be considered “in-state” for tuition purposes if parents can provide evidence of Colorado domicile for the immediately preceding four years. If the parents or legal guardians leave the state after a minor’s junior year of high school, the minor may still be considered “in-state” if he or she enrolls in a Colorado postsecondary institution within 42 months of the parents’ move, or maintains a Colorado domicile and complies with the other provisions of the statute.

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Are non-U.S. citizens capable of establishing “in-state” classification?

Non-U.S. citizens are legally capable of establishing domicile when the U.S. Immigration Service has granted them the status of lawful permanent resident. The date used to establish domicile is the date the application for permanent visa was accepted. This date should be documented with a photocopy of the immigrant card. In addition, some non-immigrant visa classifications are capable of establishing in-state status, but the group does not include student visas. Please contact the Admissions office for more information concerning your immigration status.

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Who do I talk to if I disagree with the decision made on my classification?

Any student who is denied in-state tuition classification may file a petition with the Tuition Classification Officer. If still in disagreement, an appeal may be filed with the Registrar. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Registrar no later than two weeks (10 class days) after the denial decision has been sent to the student. The Registrar will provide the student with instructions regarding the appeals process. The decision of the Registrar is the final College determination. There can be no retroactive changes in classification.

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