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Under the Recent Changes, Would Our Son Qualify for Colorado Resident In-State Tuition?

Q: My son will be a freshman at CU Boulder in the fall. My husband is on active duty and we are currently stationed in FL, while retaining NY as our state of residence. With the recent changes signed into law in CO, will we be eligible for in-state tuition if my son is using the GI Bill to pay for his education.

A: No you would not and here is why. Under the Colorado tuition residency changes, military dependents can maintain residency for tuition purposes if they meet this requirement: “Military dependents continuously enrolled in a Colorado college continue to qualify for resident tuition if the military member is transferred outside of Colorado and while the military member continues active military service.” In your son’s case, he had not yet stated school when your husband was stationed in CO.

Your son may have been able to claim Colorado residency if you would have claimed and maintained legal residency in CO, but since you are retaining your residency in NY, this clause does not apply to him – “To retain domicile during an absence from Colorado due to military orders, military personnel must maintain Colorado as their state of legal residence for tax purposes and Colorado voter registration.”

However just because he would not qualify for instate tuition, all may not be lost as the University of Colorado at Boulder is a Yellow Ribbon school, meaning the school and the VA would pay in part, if not in whole, the difference between resident and non-resident tuition.

According to the U of C website for the 2012/2013 academic year, they will take up to 20 students in their Yellow Ribbon Program and pay up to $2,500 per student (meaning the VA would pay up to another $2,500 for a total of $5,000). It is something to look into as far as if they have any slots left.

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