Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What is Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits?
As of August 1, 2006, Colorado State Statute §24-76.5-103(4)(b) C.R.S requires that all students who apply for certain public benefits that entail any payment or financial assistance provide proof that they are legally present in the United States . In the higher education arena, these public benefits include the College Opportunity Fund (COF), in-state or reduced tuition rates, some types of institutional and state-sponsored financial aid and any other benefit for which there is an application, excluding employment benefits.
What is considered a "public benefit"?
Some of the identified benefits include the College Opportunity Fund (COF), in-state tuition, some types of state or institutional financial aid, Military and Olympic Athlete tuition waivers, WUE/WICHE, Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO) for anyone over the age of 18, any other state-funded benefits that entail any payment or financial assistance, excluding employment benefits.
Who is required to show proof of legal presence?
All students who apply to the University of Colorado , or who apply for any state benefits (i.e., in-state tuition, some forms of institutional or state aid, etc.) on or after August 1 2006, are subject to the requirements of Colorado State Statute §24-76.5-103(4)(b) C.R.S legislation. However, any student whose legal presence is confirmed through the process of completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a College Opportunity Fund (COF) application will be considered to have met the requirements of Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits.
Are there any students who applied for state or institutional benefits but will be exempt from having to sign the affidavit/provide identification?
Any student who applied, accepted/confirmed or enrolled as an in-state student at a University of Colorado campus prior to August 1, 2006. In addition, any out-of-state student who applied, accepted/confirmed or enrolled on any University of Colorado campus prior to August 1, 2006, will be grandfathered in for any current benefits they are receiving. However, if any new state or institutional benefits are awarded to any student on August 1, 2006, or later, such as in-state tuition, the student must sign an affidavit and produce the appropriate identification. Any student whose legal presence is confirmed through the process of completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered to have met this requirements of Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits.
How do I provide proof of legal presence?
Students who are required to show proof of legal presence will have to sign an affidavit of legal presence and produce a form of identification specified in the law. Students in this category for fall 2006 will receive a notice concerning this requirement. This requirement can be fulfilled in person at their campus registrar's office. In the near future, the affidavit will appear electronically on the web at the same site where you register/drop/add courses.
What are the consequences of not complying with this Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits requirement?
All students receiving in-state tuition or reduced out-of-state tuition benefits will have their tuition changed to the higher, out of state rate. Students who apply for and are eligible for state or institutional aid will be required to return their award if they fail to comply with this legislation.
What is an acceptable form of identification?
Download List of Acceptable Identification for Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits
1. For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents:
2. For those with Immigration Documents:
What if I don't have any of the types of ID listed above?
Students who do not have any of the types of ID indicated above may still demonstrate legal presence by:
Applying for a Colorado Driver's License or Colorado ID card. However, any license from any other state would have to be surrendered, or
Verification through the Colorado Department of Revenue waiver process.
The waiver request form is available at http://www.revenue.state.co.us/EDO_dir/pdf/dr4678.pdf . Once completed, this form, as well as all supporting documentation, must be presented in person to your local driver's license office in the State of Colorado . It will then be submitted to the Department of Revenue for verification.
The University will periodically check with the Department of Revenue to determine if your waiver has been accepted.
Students who must follow this process will have a temporary waiver placed upon their student record for this Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits compliance.
If you are denied this waiver at the state level, you will be assessed at the out-of-state tuition level or your benefit must be returned.
Instead of coming in to the registrar's office, can I fax in a copy of my identification card?
Yes but you must use the official Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits notary form. The form must be completed by an official notary before you fax it to the Office of the Registrar. Click here for Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits forms.
I will not be able to satisfy the identification requirement but would be able to sign the affidavit. Would it be possible for me to sign the affidavit and be eligible for my state benefits?
No. Legal Presence – Restriction on Public Benefits requires compliance with both the affidavit, as well as the identification.