Students may be classified as Colorado residents or an alternative residency classification if they meet the non-resident exceptions in one of the following categories.
An ASSET student who does not have lawful immigration status may be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes if:
- The student attended a public or private high school in Colorado for at least one year immediately preceding the date student graduated from a Colorado high school or the student was physically present in Colorado for at least one year immediately preceding the date the student successfully completed a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in Colorado and
- The student has been present in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling in an institution and
- The student submits an affidavit stating
- the student does not have lawful immigration status but has applied for lawful presence or
- The student does not have lawful immigration status but will apply as soon as the student is eligible.
Graduate applicants must meet the above requirements and must be continually pursuing college-level course work after graduating from a Colorado high school.
Students interested in ASSET classification should contact Victoria Obregon, Assistant Director College Assistance Migrant Program at 719-549-2402 or firstname.lastname@example.org to complete a Colorado ASSET form.
Persons who are lawful permanent residents or who are admitted as refugees are eligible to establish domicile for tuition purposes after one year of Colorado residence. Non-immigrant aliens who are residing in Colorado for purposes other than education may qualify for in-state status after one year of Colorado residence. The non-immigrant categories subject this provision are determined by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Non-immigrants in the following categories cannot qualify for in-state tuition: F-1, F-2, H-3, J-1, M-1 and M-2.
- H-4 will qualify unless the visa holder is the spouse of child of an H-3.
- J-2 will qualify if the J-1 visa holder is not a student or trainee.
- H-1B, L, K, V, E, O and P visa may qualify.
Applicants are required to provide proof of lawful permanent residence or visa status to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 719-549-2462 prior to the start of the first academic term.
Military & Dependents
Active-duty members of the armed forces of the United States shall be eligible for in-state tuition upon moving to Colorado on a permanent change-of-station basis or on a temporary assignment. A dependent member of the armed forces is eligible for in-state tuition when the active-duty member moves to Colorado on a permanent change-of-duty station basis. The military member must have reported to a duty station in the State of Colorado by the first day of class of the applicable academic term for the military member or dependent to receive in-state tuition classification.
To retain domicile during an absence from Colorado due to military orders, military personnel must maintain Colorado as their legal state of residence for tax purposes and voters must maintain Colorado voter registration.
Military dependents who are continuously enrolled in a Colorado institution of higher learning continue to qualify for in-state tuition if the military member is transferred to another duty station outside Colorado.
A military member (and dependents) may qualify for in-state tuition if the military member:
- was previously domiciled for 12 continuous months in Colorado prior to enlistment in the military and
- has permanently returned to Colorado within 6 months of discharge from the military.
Colorado National Guard members (and dependents) who maintain sole residency in Colorado shall receive in-state tuition at any institution of higher education in Colorado.
The military exception expires for dependents effective with the:
- first term after the retirement of the military member or
- first term after loss of dependent status (unless the dependent can establish domicile).
However, children of a military member who attended their senior year of high school in Colorado while the military member was active duty qualify for in-state tuition.
Contact Military and Veteran Success Center for information and documentation at https://www.csupueblo.edu/military-and-veteran-success-center/index.html or 719-549-2910.
Armed Forces Veterans & Dependents
Honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces qualify for in-state tuition classification if the honorably discharged veteran
- has established domicile in Colorado for any length of time prior to enrolling at Colorado State University Pueblo and
- enrolls in courses with the educational assistance benefits pursuant to chapter 30 or 33 of U.S.C. title 38.
Dependents of honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces qualify for in-state tuition classification if the dependent
- has established domicile in Colorado for any length of time prior to enrolling a Colorado State University Pueblo and
- enrolls in courses with the educational assistance benefits pursuant to chapter 30 or 33 of U.S.C title 38.
Honorably discharged service members and dependents retain in-state tuition classification after veteran education benefits are exhausted so long as they continue to reside in Colorado and remain continuously enrolled in the same institution.
Contact Military and Veteran Success Center for veteran information and documentation at
https://www.csupueblo.edu/military-and-veteran-success-center/index.html or 719-549-2910.
WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) students automatically qualify for a tuition rate at 150% of in-state tuition. WUE students who wish to petition for Colorado residency must forego WUE status for a full calendar year (12 continuous months) prior to residency reclassification. See Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education website for a list of participating states https://www.wiche.edu/tuition-savings/wue/.
WICHE Graduate Students
WICHE graduate students automatically qualify for a tuition rate equal to that of in-state tuition. See Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education website for a list of participating states https://www.wiche.edu/tuition-savings/wrgp/wrgp-savings-finder/school-details/?schoolID=0011H00001Q1eJQAZ.
New Mexico Reciprocity
New Mexico Reciprocity is a discount program that is applied to a limited number of New Mexico residents. The tuition charge for New Mexico Reciprocity students is equal to that of in-state tuition; however, these students are not classified as Colorado residents. The award of New Mexico Reciprocity is at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Interested applicants should contact an admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-549-2418.
Colorado American Indian Tribe Members
Colorado Senate Bill 21-029 provides that members of federally recognized American Indian tribes with historical ties to Colorado may be classified as Colorado residents eligible for in-state tuition beginning with the Fall 2021 semester.
The State of Colorado represents the ancestral home places of at least forty-eight federally recognized American Indian tribes as designated by the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. A complete list of the legacy tribes can be found on the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs website CO Tribal contact list 1550 September2021.docx (colorado.gov).
Applicants are required to provide proof of tribal affiliation to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 719-549-2462 prior to the start of the first academic term.
An Olympic athlete may qualify as an in-state student for tuition purposes if the athlete is in residence in Colorado Springs and
- is in training at the United States Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs in a program approved by the governing body for the athlete’s Olympic sport or
- is in training at a facility in Colorado Springs approved by the governing body for the athlete’s Olympic sport and in a program approved by such body.
Olympic athletes are determined to be Colorado residents for tuition classification purposes only.
Applicants are required to provide proof of residence in Colorado Springs and participation in approved training to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-549-2462 prior to the start of the first academic term.
Canadian Military & Dependents
Any member of the military forces of Canada stationed in Colorado, or the dependent of any such member, shall be determined a Colorado resident for tuition classification. The Canadian military member must maintain a full-time principal residence in the State of Colorado. In-state tuition status will end for Canadian military personnel or their dependents at the conclusion of the semester upon transfer to any duty station outside the State of Colorado.
Canadian Military Personnel are determined to be Colorado residents for tuition classification purposes only.
Applicants are required to provide proof of primary residence, Canadian military service and dependency (if required) to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 719-549-2462 prior to the start of the first academic term.