Residence Status for Tuition Purposes
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Lamar Community College determines residence status for tuition purposes at the time of admission to the College according to Colorado statute. Residence is synonymous with domicile. Establishment of residence requires adoption of Colorado as a place of fixed and permanent habitation. It involves not only personal presence but also concurrently, the intent to make such place the student’s true and actual home. The domicile of minors (under 23 years of age) is considered to be that of their parents or guardians. A person 23 years of age or older who has resided outside the state of Colorado and has established a residence outside cannot, merely by attending an institution of higher learning in Colorado, establish a residence within the state. To meet the legal residence requirements, a person must have resided in Colorado for 12 continuous months prior to enrollment at such institution and meet all other requirements.
After a student has registered at an institution, classification for tuition purposes remains unchanged in the absence of satisfactory evidence to the contrary. If, at a later date, the student believes that his/her residency status is no longer correct, he/she may petition for a change in residency status. Petition forms, acquired from the Office of Admissions & Records, must be submitted along with all supporting documentation to the Director of Admissions no later than 20 class days prior to the next school term for which the student desires a change in classification. This form and other supporting documentation is reviewed and a decision rendered in accordance with state law and authorized procedures.