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Students are classified as either a resident or non-resident of Colorado for tuition purposes at the time of admission. Colorado Tuition Classification 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. Residency decisions do not transfer between Colorado colleges. Front Range Community College must apply the rules set forth in the residency statutes and is not free to make exceptions to the rules except as specifically permitted by law.
- Resident status requires domicile in Colorado for one year immediately prior to the first day of class. Domicile is defined as a true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation. Domicile is a legal characteristic that everyone has, and students can have only one domicile at any one time. A student's domicile is a legal, primary residence.
- During the one-year domicile period, the student should comply with all legal obligations of a Colorado resident such as demonstrating proof of voter registration, Colorado income tax payment, Colorado motor vehicle registration, Colorado issued driver's license or ID card, and/or proof of employment.
- Students under the age of 23 (unemancipated minors) may be eligible for in-state tuition if a parent or court-appointed legal guardian has been domiciled and complied with legal obligations in Colorado for one year.
- Students whose parents are not domiciled in Colorado may also qualify to begin the one-year domiciliary period if the student is: at least 23 years old, married, or emancipated. Emancipation requires that the student's parents do not provide financial support of any nature or purpose. Parental support includes funds previously set aside for current support even if those funds are in the student's name. Parents may provide reasonable incidental gifts, but may not provide significant funds in order to be considered emancipated.
- There are several amendments to the Tuition Classification Law for certain populations of students including Olympic athletes, military personnel, inmates, recent Colorado high school graduates, GED recipients, etc. Please contact the Tuition Classification Officer at Front Range Community College to determine if you may be in an eligible population.
- FRCC sets a priority deadline for each semester that is typically one week before the start of the fifteen-week semester. Students who meet this priority deadline should know the petition decision before the deadline to drop courses for the fifteen-week semester. However, all students have up to 30 days after the first day of his/her term of admission or enrollment to petition for in-state tuition. The Tuition Classification Officer may request additional documentation as the burden of proof rests upon the petitioner to substantiate the claim of resident for tuition classification purposes. The Tuition Classification Officer notifies the student of the outcome within 30 days of the decision via email and/or standard letter (For information about appealing procedures, please see Appeals Section)
The initial tuition classification decision is made by the designated Tuition Classification Officer in the Admissions and Records Office for the semester in which the student is admitted. The classification is based on the information provided on the application for admission. Failure to answer all questions could lead to a non-resident classification. After the student's status is determined, it remains unchanged in the absence of further action and evidence to the contrary.
Changes in Tuition Classification
Any student who believes that the tuition classification decision is not correct or whose information has changed and now wishes to prove eligibility for in-state tuition, may petition for in-state tuition or resident classification and should contact the Tuition Classification Officer for assistance. Petition forms are available online at www.frontrange.edu/residency or at the Admissions and Records Office.
Correction of Residency Determination Due to an Error
FRCC reserves the right to correct a residency determination after the 30-day deadline in cases where the college believes an error was made.