What is HB 1023?
On August 1, 2006, HB06S-1023 became effective, which requires that all citizens who apply for state benefits provide proof that they are lawfully present in the United States. These benefits include in-state tuition, the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend, some types of state and institutional financial aid, and any other state-funded benefits that entail any payment or financial assistance.
Who is required to show proof of lawful presence?
All students who apply to Metro State and seek to qualify for in-state tuition, as well as other forms of state or institutional aid, are subject to the requirements of HB 1023. Any student whose lawful presence is verified through the process of completing an application for COF or by completing a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered to have met the requirements.
How do I provide proof of lawful presence?
Students who are not verified by Financial Aid or College Assist need to come to the Office of the Registrar in Student Success Building 160 to sign an affidavit of lawful presence and produce a valid form of identification as specified by the law.
What form of identification is acceptable?
* Valid Colorado Driver's License
* Valid Colorado Identification Card (issued by Dept. of Motor Vehicles)
* United States Military Card
* United States Military Dependent Identification Card
* United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
* Native American Tribal Document
The following documents may also presented if they bear a picture of the student:
* Copy of applicant’s birth certificate from any state, the District of Columbia and all United States territories
* United States passport, except for “limited” passports, issued for less than five years
* U.S. Citizenship or Naturalization Document
* An unexpired out-of-state driver's license from one of the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, VA, WV, WY
* Valid immigration documents demonstrating lawful presence and verified by Metro State.
For acceptable forms of secondary identification, please view "Attachment A" at the Secretary of State's Licensing Center site.
What if my driver's license is suspended or revoked?
If your license is not currently valid, you must acquire and present a state-issued Colorado ID card.
Can I fax a copy of my identification card?
No. All forms of identification must be presented in person. If this is not possible, you must submit a notarized copy of your identification along with the affidavit.
What if I don't bring in my identification?
You will be charged non-resident tuition and will not receive your COF stipend.