Residency & Tuition

Colorado Residency Requirements Admissions-Colorado-Residency

You are classified as a Colorado resident or non-resident for tuition purposes based on the information you provide on your admissions application. To qualify for in-state tuition you must:

  1. Physically reside in Colorado for 12 consecutive months.
  2. Have legal ties to Colorado for 12 consecutive months preceding the beginning of the first day of the term with the intent to remain in Colorado indefinitely.

Examples of legal ties (intent) defined by the state of Colorado may include:

  • A Colorado driver’s license
  • Registered voter
  • Colorado vehicle registration
  • Employment
  • Filing and withholding state taxes as a Colorado resident

Classified as a Non-Resident?

If you have been classified as a non-resident and believe you meet the residency requirements (based on the guidelines outlined above), select the option below that best describes your situation to see how to establish residency:


Colorado residency information is available at the Colorado Department of Higher Education residency website at http://highered.colorado.gov/Finance/Residency/faq.html

Review of Residency Change Requests

  • Submitting a residency change request does not imply that your residency will be approved.
  • Residency change requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Correction forms will be reviewed within one week and and a Residency Petition will be reviewed within two weeks. A decision will be emailed to your student FRCC email account.
  • Non-residents who enroll in classes while their residency classification is being reviewed must pay the non-resident rates to hold a place in classes.
  • If your residency request is denied, you will be responsible for paying the non-resident tuition if you remain enrolled.
  • If a residency request is approved, you will receive a refund for the difference in tuition.