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2010-2011 Graduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fees



The Board of Trustees, the governing board of the College, reserves the right to alter any or all tuition and fees for any semester without notice.

Tuition and college service fees are determined by the trustees shortly before the beginning of each academic year. Information regarding tuition and fees can be found by accessing the Tuition and Fees Table on Metro State’s web site (www.mscd.edu/studentaccounts/).


Tuition Classification


A student is classified as an in-state or out-of-state student for tuition purposes at the time of admission. This classification is based upon information supplied by the student on the application for admission and is made in accordance with the Colorado Tuition Classification Law, (Title 23, Article 7, of the Colorado revised Statutes of 1973), as amended. Once determined, a student’s tuition classification status remains unchanged unless satisfactory evidence that a change should be made is presented. If a student believes he or she is entitled to in-state status, the student must submit the in-state tuition classification form, along with evidence of in-state status to the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline dates.

The tuition classification statute requires that in order to qualify for in-state status, a student (or the parents or legal guardian of the student in the case of students under 23 years of age who are not emancipated) must have been domiciled in Colorado for one year or more immediately preceding the first day of the semester for which such classification is sought.

Domicile for tuition purposes requires two inseparable elements: (1) a permanent place of habitation in Colorado and (2) intent to remain in Colorado with no intent to be domiciled elsewhere. Some examples of connections with the state that provide objective evidence of intent are: (1) payment of Colorado state income tax as a Colorado resident, (2) permanent employment in Colorado, (3) ownership of residential real property in Colorado, (4) compliance with laws imposing a mandatory duty on any domiciliary of the state, such as the drivers’ license law and the vehicle registration law and (5) registration to vote. Other factors unique to the individual can also be used to demonstrate the requisite intent.

Any questions regarding the tuition classification law should be directed to an admissions officer in the Office of Admissions or the Tuition Classification Officer with the Office of the Registrar. In order to qualify for in-state status for a particular semester, the student must prove that domicile began no later than one year prior to the first day of classes for that semester. Refer to the Academic Calendar (www.mscd.edu/academic/acal.htm) for dates to qualify and to submit petitions.

Graduate students, regardless of their tuition classification based on residence status, are not eligible for the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) even if they registered in undergraduate level courses.

House Bill 1023 Verification of Lawful Presence

HB06S-1023 which was signed into law on July 31, 2006, requires institutions of higher education to verify lawful presence of all applications for public post-secondary education benefits.  The bill requires all citizens who apply for state benefits to provide proof of lawful presence in the US.  These benefits include in-state tuition, some types of state and institutional funding, and any other state-funded benefits that entail any payment or financial assistance.

Any student whose lawful presence is verified through the FAFSA may be considered to have met the requirements. Students who are not able to be verified through FAFSA must complete a HB 1023 Affidavit form and provide a copy of identification supporting lawful presence in the US.  Information about HB 1023 is available online at http://www.mscd.edu/registrar/HB1023.shtml

Applicants who fail to meet verification requirements will be subject to nonresident tuition and removal of state funding.

Standard Fees

An application fee is required of all applicants for admission to the College. This fee is nonrefundable and will not be applied to tuition.

Application fee


Matriculation fee



Special fees


Returned check charge




Mandatory Health Insurance and Billing

Master’s program students registered for 9 or more credit hours in any given semester are required to participate in Metro State’s Student Health Insurance Program and are automatically billed for health insurance. If a student has current coverage that meets each of the College’s four waiver standards and submits proof of that coverage and an electronic waiver form to the Student Health Insurance Office via MetroConnect, the insurance charge will be removed once the waiver has been audited to ensure that the minimum standards have been met. A waiver form should not be submitted unless outside coverage meets the four minimum waiver standards. Waivers must be submitted by the waiver deadline for consideration, otherwise the student will remain enrolled in the insurance plan. For additional information, including waiver deadline dates and waiver standards, go to www.mscd.edu/student/resources/insurance/waiverinfo.htm or stop by the Student Health Insurance Office in the Plaza Building Room 149, adjacent to the Health Center at Auraria. If applicable, students should discuss this policy with their parents.


Student Dental Insurance

Voluntary Dental Insurance is available to students taking one credit hour or more. Information and application forms can be obtained at the Student Insurance Office in the Health Center at Auraria (PL 150).