Emancipation for Tuition Purposes

Who uses this form? Students under the age of 23 who are attempting to petition for in-state tuition using their own information and must prove emancipation from their parents. This form must be submitted with the Petition for In-State Tuition in order to be considered for emancipation. According to the tuition classification law, the student is considered emancipated when they demonstrate complete financial independence, as well as Colorado domicile, for at least one year prior to the first day of class. 

A student who is emancipated receives no financial support from their parents, family, friends or other such sources, including from trust funds that their parents or other third-party persons have established for them.

Essentially, a student can start proving that they have been emancipated at the age of 22 years or younger and can potentially qualify for in-state tuition if they submit the supporting documentation. In addition, students who are 22 years or younger are considered emancipated and can potentially qualify for in-state tuition if they have been married for at least one year prior to the first day of class. 

Please note:

In-state tuition eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.  It is the responsibility of the petitioner to provide as much information and documentation as appropriate to document physical presence (apt lease, house warranty, utility bill, etc.) and intent (legal ties to Colorado i.e. driver's license, CO taxes, CO paystub, etc.), financial independence (state and federal taxes, bank statements, paystubs etc.), and when necessary proof of citizenship status. Out-of-state legal ties can be considered as evidence indicating domicile outside of Colorado.  Residency classification will be determined based on the information submitted. The burden of proof is on the student.  Please visit the Office of Registration & Records in the Confluence Building, room 114 on the Auraria Campus if you have any questions about the process, or email your questions to
Last updated: 
December 11, 2023