SB18-206 - Research Institutions Affordability For Residents

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning ensuring affordability at public research universities in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Under current law, the number of in-state students enrolled at public institutions of higher education is governed by various percentage limits and requirements. The bill standardizes the calculation for public research institutions in the following ways:


  • Requires the university of northern Colorado (UNC) and the Colorado school of mines (CSM), in addition to the university of Colorado (CU) and Colorado state university (CSU), to admit 100% of academically qualified Colorado first-time freshman students;
  • Reduces the various percentages so that in-state students make up no less than 55% of total enrollments at each campus of CU and at CSU, UNC, and CSM, excluding foreign students and students enrolled solely in online courses; and
  • Increases the cap on foreign students enrolled at CU and CSU to 15% of total student enrollment and includes UNC and CSM in the percentage limit.

The department of higher education shall submit an annual report to specified committees of the general assembly demonstrating that the institutions included in the bill have met resident admission and enrollment requirements. The department and the public research institutions shall ensure that necessary data is available for the report.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: June 5, 2018
06/05/2018 - Governor Signed
05/16/2018 - Sent to the Governor
05/16/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/16/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/07/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2018 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/02/2018 - House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/17/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
04/12/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/11/2018 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/10/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/09/2018 - Senate Second Reading Re-referred to Appropriations - No Amendments
04/04/2018 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/09/2018 - No Amendments
03/29/2018 - Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/19/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education