State of Colorado Residency Qualifications

A student is classified as a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes at the time admission is granted and upon completion of the CSM Colorado Residency for Tuition Classification Form. The classification is based upon information furnished by the student. The student who, due to subsequent events, becomes eligible for resident tuition after enrolling at CSM must complete a petition through the Registrar's Office. More information on residency requirements and what petition to complete can be found on the residency website.

The final decision regarding tuition status rests with the Tuition Appeals Committee of Colorado School of Mines. A student who willfully gives wrong information to evade payment of nonresident tuition shall be subject to serious disciplinary action.

Petitioning for In-State Tuition Classification

The specific requirements for establishing residency for tuition classification purposes are prescribed by state law (Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 23, Article 7). Because Colorado residency status is governed solely by Colorado law, the fact that a student might not qualify for in-state status in any other state does not guarantee in-state status in Colorado. The tuition classification statute places the burden of proof on the student to provide clear and convincing evidence of eligibility.

There are three components to determining residency eligibility for undergraduate students: 

  • Emancipation means a student's parents have entirely surrendered care, custody, and support of the student. The student is able to independently support themselves. Support of any kind from family and/or friends does not make a student emancipated. Emancipation must occur at least one year before a student can establish domicile and intent.
  • Domicile is a person’s true, and permanent home and place of habitation and must be established at least one-year prior to the first day of classes.
  • Intent are the legal ties a person has established to make Colorado their permanent home and must be established concurrently while establishing domicile. 

To be able to establish domicile and intent, an undergraduate student must be a "qualified person" under one of the following categories: parent/legal guardian, adult (23 years old prior to the first day of classes), or if you are under 23 years old you must be legally emancipated. More information on how to qualify and petition for resident status, as well as deadlines, can be found on the residency website.