Students pay in-state or out-of-state tuition based on their residency status in Colorado. Students must live in Colorado for 12 months before the first day of class and have taken steps to make Colorado their permanent home (such as getting a driver’s license, filing Colorado state taxes, etc.).
Students under 23 years old are eligible for in-state tuition if a parent meets residency requirements. In addition, students who have lived in Colorado for at least one year qualify for in-state tuition and live in the Aims tax district may qualify for the in-district tuition discount.
Initial tuition classification is made at the point of admission based upon information the student supplies in the Application for Admission. Failure to answer all questions on the Application or failure to supply any requested documentation can result in the student being classified as “pending” tuition classification and the student will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate.
If your tuition classification is “pending”, you can fill out an Admissions Tuition Classification Addendum and return it to the Student Enrollment & Records Office on any campus for reclassification by the first day of the semester in which you intend to enroll. You will remain responsible for paying your student account based on the out-of-state rate until your Colorado residency is determined.
Tuition classification cannot be changed after the drop deadline for the semester in which the change needs to be made.
Individuals whose tuition was initially classified as in-state, but feel they now meet the requirements for in-district tuition should submit an Information Change Form with proof of your new address. This proof should be in the form of a lease or deed and must be turned in by the drop deadline for the semester in which the change needs to be made.
Individuals whose tuition was initially classified as out-of-state, but feel they now meet the requirements for in-state tuition should submit a Petition for In-State Tuition Classification to the Student Enrollment & Records Office.
The burden of proof rests upon the petitioner who has the responsibility to submit a petition with the required documentation in a timely manner. Only photocopies of requested documents should be submitted with the petition because all information submitted becomes part of the person’s permanent record and cannot be returned to the petitioner. Students are responsible for submitting the petition by the drop deadline for the semester with the required documentation. Petitions submitted after the deadline will be reviewed the following semester.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Tuition Classification Officer before beginning this process.
Students remain a non-resident until they have received notification from the Tuition Classification Officer indicating a residency change has been approved. Students who are petitioning for in-state tuition classification remain responsible for paying their student account based upon their current tuition classification.
To make an appointment with the Tuition Classification Officer or to learn more about the tuition classification process, please contact:
Student Enrollment Office
Colorado tuition classification for the state of Colorado is governed by State Law (Title 23, Article 7, of the Colorado Revised Statutes of 1973, as amended) and by judicial decisions that apply to all public institutions of higher education in Colorado and is subject to change at any time. The tuition classification decision made at one Colorado institution is non-transferable to other Colorado institutions. Aims Community College must apply the rules set forth in the tuition classification statutes and is not free to make exceptions to the rules except as specifically permitted by State Law.
Colorado Senate Bill 13-033 (ASSET) was signed into law on April 29, 2013 by Governor John Hickenlooper. This bill allows U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens and students without lawful immigration status to qualify for in-state tuition rates if they meet certain conditions.
To qualify for the in-state tuition rate under Advancing Student for a Stronger Tomorrow (ASSET), students must meet the following criteria:
- They must be enrolled for at least three years at a public or private Colorado high school immediately before graduating or earning a GED in Colorado.
- Be admitted into a Colorado college or university within 12 months after graduating from a Colorado high school or earning a GED in Colorado.
- Students without lawful immigration status (examples: no status, Deferred Action) must submit an affidavit saying they have applied for lawful status or they will apply as soon as they are eligible to do so. We do not share this information with the Department of Homeland Security or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Students who graduated from a Colorado high school or completed their GED prior to September 1, 2013 and meet all other eligibility criteria but were not admitted to a college or university within 12 months may still qualify for in-state tuition by providing documentation to Aims proving that the student has been physically present in Colorado for the 18 months prior to enrolling.
Students must provide the following documentation to the Student Enrollment Office if they would like to qualify for in-state tuition using ASSET:
- An official high school transcript showing three years of attendance at a Colorado high school and the date of graduation – OR
- An official high school transcript showing three years of attendance at a Colorado high school and an official copy of the GED diploma earned immediately after leaving high school – AND
- Learn more at the College Opportunity Fund website.
If you have further questions, please visit the Tuition Classification FAQ section of the Student Enrollment and Records FAQ page.