APS #8012

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Special Tuition Status

Brief Description

Sets forth university requirements for extension of special tuition status to individuals not meeting common in-state definitions. This Administrative Policy Statement encompasses special tuition status requirements determined by Board action:

Special Tuition Status Sections Applies To Section
In-State Tuition Status for Honorably Discharged Military Members and their Dependents All Campuses 1
In-State Tuition Status for Students who Move to Colorado as the Result of an Economic Development Incentive All Campuses 2
In-State Tuition Status for Athletes Training in Colorado in Programs Approved by the United States Olympic Committee All Campuses 3
Reason for Policy

Current state statute and guidance from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education provide the primary authority for the domicile requirements for in-state tuition classification at all public universities in Colorado.  This policy consolidates the circumstances where the Board of Regents, based on statutory discretion, has taken action to offer special tuition status to students who do not otherwise fulfill the domicile requirements for in-state tuition at the University of Colorado

Policy Profile

APS Policy Title: 
Special Tuition Status
APS Number: 
8012
Effective Date: 
September 10, 2020
Approved By: 
President Mark R. Kennedy
Responsible University Officer: 
Senior Vice President for Strategy, Government Relations and Chief Financial Officer
Responsible Office: 
Senior Vice President for Strategy, Government Relations and Chief Financial Officer
Policy Contact: 
Budget and Finance Office
Supersedes: 
Special Tuition Status, July 1, 2013
Last Reviewed/Updated date: 
September 10, 2020
Applies to: 
All Campuses

History: See each section for full history. Note: The following sections were deleted in September 2020 because they are already in state statute: 1) In-State Tuition Status for Dependents of Active Duty Military Members; and 2) In-State Classification at Institutions of Higher Education For Students Who Complete High School in Colorado.

Section 1 – In-State Tuition Status for Honorably Discharged Military Members and their Dependents

Policy Snapshot

Brief Description:  This policy is established to meet the university's statutory requirements and to allow campus chancellors to implement policy as allowed by C.R.S. §23-7.4-203. 

Applies To:  All Campuses

I. Introduction

C.R.S. § 23-7.4-203 requires governing boards of state institutions of higher education to adopt a policy that will provide in-state tuition status to honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the United States that have been domiciled in Colorado, as defined in the tuition classification statutes, for any period of time. Additionally, the Board of Regents passed a resolution in February 2016 authorizing the campus chancellors to implement a policy pursuant to C.R.S. § 23-7.4-203 to offer in-state tuition status to students who are dependents of honorably discharged members of the armed forces who have resided in Colorado for any period of time prior to enrollment, who can otherwise establish domicile in Colorado.

II. Policy Statement

  1. The campuses shall provide in-state tuition status to any student that enrolls in the university; provides documentation that they have been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States; and meets, for any length of time, the presumptions and rules for maintaining a domicile in Colorado under C.R.S. § 23-7-101 et seq.
     
  2. Campus chancellors may implement a policy pursuant to HB 09-1039 to offer in-state tuition status to students who are dependents of honorably discharged members of the armed forces who have resided in Colorado for any period of time prior to enrollment, who can otherwise establish domicile in Colorado.

III. History

  • Adopted:  July 1, 2009.
  • Revised:  September 10, 2020.
  • Last Reviewed:  September 10, 2020.

IV. Key Words

statute, promise, act, in-state, tuition, honorably, discharged, armed forces, military, veteran, C.R.S. 23-7-101, army, navy, marine, coast guard, air force

Section 2 – In-State Tuition Status for Students who Move to Colorado as the Result of an Economic Development Incentive

Policy Snapshot

Brief Description:  This establishes the administrative policies and procedures necessary to implement the creation of a program to provide in-state tuition status for students who move to Colorado for state economic development incentives, as allowed pursuant to C.R.S. § 23-7-109 and approved by the Board of Regents.

Applies To:  All Campuses

I. Introduction

C.R.S. § 23-7-109 allows governing boards of state institutions of higher education to provide in-state tuition status to students who move to Colorado as a result of state or local economic incentives, as well as to students whose parents or legal guardians move to Colorado to take a faculty position at a state-supported institution of higher education. In order to provide this benefit to students who move to Colorado as a result of economic development incentives offered to employers to relocate all or a portion of their operations to the state, the following policy and procedures must be established to ensure this classification is appropriately applied.

II. Policy Statement

Eligibility requirements for Residency for Economic Development Incentives Program:

  1. Student must meet the general requirements established in C.R.S. § 23-7-109;
  2. Student must complete the appropriate campus form for the Residency for Economic Development Incentives Program, to include at a minimum:
    1. Name;
    2. Student ID;
    3. Name of Student's Parent or Legal Guardian (if requesting residency as the child1 of a parent or legal guardian who was relocated to Colorado by a company);
    4. The date of the relocated employee's hire with the relocated company; and
    5. The date the student or the student's parent/guardian was relocated to Colorado.
  3. Student must obtain a letter of verification from the company that relocated the student or the student's parent/guardian to Colorado. The documentation must provide:
    1. Company Name;
    2. Specific reference to the state or local economic incentive awarded;
    3. Employee Name; and
    4. Employee date of hire with the company.

III. Contacts

  1. For questions or more information on the Residency for Economic Development Incentives Program - contact your campus tuition classification officer.
  2. For questions or more information on state and local economic incentive programs, contact the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade at 1600 Broadway Street, Suite 2500 Denver, CO 80202 or by phone at (303) 892-3840.
  3. For questions or interpretation of this policy statement, contact the Office of the Senior Vice President for Strategy, Government Relations and Chief Financial Officer.

IV. History

  • Adopted:  July 1, 2009.
  • Revised:  September 10, 2020.
  • Last Reviewed:  September 10, 2020. 

V. Key Words

statute, C.R.S. 23-7-109, economic, development, incentive, faculty, residency, resident, benefit, domicile, covell, dependent

Section 3 – In-State Tuition Status for Athletes Training in Colorado in Programs Approved by the United States Olympic Committee

Policy Snapshot

Brief Description:  This policy is established to meet the university's statutory requirements and to allow campus chancellors to implement a residency exception as allowed by C.R.S. § 23-7-105.

Applies To:  All Campuses

I. Introduction

C.R.S. § 23-7-105, which codified HB 17-1081, allows governing boards of state institutions of higher education to classify athletes in training with the United States Olympic Training Committee (USOC) as an in-state student for purposes of tuition at any state-supported institution of higher education.   The Board of Regents passed a resolution in September 10, 2020 authorizing the campus chancellors to provide in-state tuition to any athlete in residence and training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and any athlete that is residing in Colorado and training in an elite level program and approved each term by the United States Olympic committee.

II. Policy Statement

  1. Campuses may provide in-state tuition status to any eligible athlete in training residing in Colorado that provides documentation that they are in training in an elite level program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the governing body for the athlete's Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, or Parapan American sport.
  2. Eligibility requirements for Residency for Olympic Athletes in Training in Colorado:
    1. Student must meet the general requirements established in C.R.S. § 23-7-105;
    2. Student must complete the appropriate campus Athlete Verification form each semester for the United States Olympic Training Committee that includes:
      1. Name;
      2. Student ID; and
      3. Participation in a Colorado-based elite-level training program that is approved by the USOC and a national governing body of an Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American or Parapan American sport.

III. Contacts

  1. For questions or more information on the Residency for Olympic Athletes in Training - contact your campus tuition classification officer.
  2. For questions or more information on U.S. Olympic Committee Certification Requirements contact U.S. Olympic Committee, Athlete Career and Education (ACE) Program, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909,  (719) 866-2775.
  3. For questions or interpretation of this policy statement, contact the Office of the Senior Vice President for Strategy, Government Relations and Chief Financial Officer.

IV. History

  • Adopted:  September 10, 2020.
  • Revised: N/A.
  • Last Reviewed:  September 10, 2020

V. Key Words

statute, in-state, tuition, Olympic athlete, C.R.S. 23-7-105

  • 1. Child must be a minor as defined by C.R.S. § 23-7-102.