Residency and Tuition Classifications at CMC

Colorado Tuition Classification Law

Tuition classification is governed by state law (Colorado Revised Statutes 23-7-101, et seq., 1997). That applies to all public institutions of higher education in Colorado. Colorado Mountain College does not have discretion to make exceptions to the rules as defined by state law. Colorado Mountain College rigorously enforces tuition classification, as mandated by State statute.

For more information please see the Colorado Department of Higher Education residency requirements or contact the Tuition Classification Officer at your campus.

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CMC District Map

The CMC district and service area is almost the size of Maryland!

How Tuition Classification Is Determined

Your initial tuition classification is determined by the information provided on your CMC application.

If you believe your tuition classification status is incorrect you must submit one of the following completed petitions to your campus Tuition Classification Officer within 10 days of the start of the semester. If approved your tuition rate to be updated for the current semester.

Tuition Re-Classification Petition (Out of State to In State)

Tuition Re-Classification Petition (In-state to In-district/In-Service)

Emancipation Form - If you are under 23 and financially independent from your parent’s or guardian’s you will also need to submit this form with your petition.

If your residency status changes during your time at CMC it is your responsibility to submit a petition. Your tuition classification does not update automatically.

If you meet residency requirements during the semester you can submit your Tuition Re-classification petition any time and the change to your tuition rate will take effect the following semester.

In-State or Out-of-state Tuition?

To be considered a Colorado resident and to receive In-state tuition you must:

  • have lived in Colorado for 365 consecutive days prior to the first day of the semester.
  • show that you intend to make Colorado a permanent home.

If you are under the age of 23, your parent's or legal guardian's information on the application determines your residency classification.

Students under the age of 23 who are independent must complete an Emancipation Form to have their own address and information used for classification.

In District Tuition

To be considered an in-district resident and to qualify for in-district tuition you must:

  • have lived in Colorado for at least one year,
  • have met all State tuition classification requirements
  • have lived in the CMC District for at least 32 days prior to the first day of the semester. See CMC district service area map.

Students under the age of 23 who are independent must complete an Emancipation Form to have their own address and information used for classification.

In Service Area Tuition

The Service Area Classification provides reduced tuition rates for those living outside the CMC district but within the region served by CMC. This area includes Grand County, Jackson County and the northern part of Chaffee County.

Our service area does not include the southern part of Routt County which is part of the Colorado Northwestern Community College’s service area.

See our district service area map.

To qualify for CMC's service area status for tuition purposes, you must:

  • Have lived in Colorado for 365 days
  • Have lived in the Colorado Mountain College service area for at least 32 days prior to the first day of the semester.

Students under the age of 23 who are independent must complete an Emancipation Form to have their own address and information used for classification.

See Tuition Discounts and Special Tuition Rates at Colorado Mountain College

TUITION DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL RATES