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AP 4-25 Tuition Classification Appeal

Arapahoe Community College
Series 4 – Students
AP 4-25 Tuition Classification Appeal

Originated: July 2004

Revised: January 2006; July 2012; July 2016

Effective: July 2004; January 2006; July 2012; July 2016

References: CCHE Policy VI-B-1


Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D. President, Arapahoe Community College


This Procedure contains pertinent information affecting students, current through the date of its issuance. To the extent that any provision of this Procedure is inconsistent with State or Federal law, State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Policies (BPs) or Colorado Community College System President’s Procedures (SPs), the law, BPs and SPs shall supersede and control. BPs and SPs are subject to change throughout the year and are effective immediately upon adoption by the Board or System President, respectively. Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the BPs, SPs as well as College directives, including but not limited to this Procedure.

Nothing in this Procedure is intended to create (nor shall be construed as creating) an express or implied contract or to guarantee employment for any term. The College reserves the right to modify, change, delete or add to this Procedure as it deems appropriate.


This procedure applies to students.


Students who believe they have been classified incorrectly may need to complete a Correction for Tuition Classification form available at to correct information submitted on the application or provide additional residency information. The Correction for Tuition Classification Form must be submitted by the tenth working day of the term for which the student wishes to change his/her residency status.  The Admissions and Records office will notify the student via email at their Student email address if the additional information submitted was adequate to change his/her classification or of the need to submit a Petition for In-State Tuition classification to appeal the residency decision.

Students classified at “Non-Resident” for tuition purposes are entitled to petition for in-state classification as described below.

  1. Students should obtain a “Petition for In-State Tuition Classification” form (Petition) online at The student should complete the Petition fully and gather all requested supporting documentation. The completed Petition and all supporting documentation should be submitted to the Admissions Manager no later than thirty (30) days from the start of the term for which the student is petitioning.  Petitions received after 30 days will be considered for the following term. This Admissions Manager will rule on the petition within four weeks of receipt. The student will be notified of the outcome via email at their Student email address within ten days of the ruling.
  2. After notification of the ruling on the petition, the student may provide additional information through an informal appeal to the Admissions Manager within ten days following notification of the decision. The Manager will review any additional information and notify the student of the decision within ten days of receipt of additional sustaining information. If the Admissions Manager sustains the Petition denial, the student may formally appeal the decision as outlined below.

Appeal for Hearing

  1. The student must submit a written request to have the case reviewed by the Tuition Classification Hearing Board to the Admissions Manager within ten days of the date of the notification of sustained denial was sent.
  2. The Tuition Classification Hearing Board shall be composed of on faculty member, one administrator, one student and the Admissions Manager or designee (non-voting).
  3. A hearing will be scheduled within two weeks of the receipt of the student’s written request to formally appeal the ruling. The student will be notified by mail of the date, time and location of the hearing. The Tuition Classification Hearing Board will accept new substantiating information along with the original petition of the appealing student. The student may present, in writing as part of the appeal, new information including his or her reasons why the decision of the Admissions Manager should be changed.
  4. Hearings are closed to the public.
  5. The decision of the Hearing Board is final.