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How to make the most of free tuition at Colorado Northwestern Community College

A crowd of students walks down the halls at Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus, where Moffat County students can apply for free tuition for classes during the 2018-19 school year.

CRAIG — The college district board is offering free tuition to Moffat County residents in an effort to boost enrollment at Colorado Northwestern Community College during the 2018-19 academic year.

The college district board approved the tuition assistance as part of its 2018-19 budget, which was approved in May, as previously reported in the Craig Press.

In previous years, the Moffat County Junior Affiliated College District Board of Control provided Moffat County residents with 50-percent tuition buy-down. That assistance has been increased to 100-percent, equating to free tuition for eligible students.

Students must still pay course and college fees, which vary depending on the number of credit hours and classes taken.

To apply and qualify for free tuition, prospective students must apply for the Colorado College Opportunity Fund — a stipend for new and continuing in-state students — and provide proof of Colorado residency for the past 12 months and residence within Moffat County for the past six months using an application for in-district classification for tuition assistance.

For students younger than 23, residency is based on the residency of the parent, and both student and parent must complete the residency application. If a student is an emancipated minor, residency will be determined apart from the parents.

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Some of the documentation used to determine residency includes the following.

• Owning a primary residential home in Colorado

• Payment of Colorado state income tax

• Colorado vehicle registration

• Colorado driver's license

• Permanent employment in Colorado

• Voter registration

• Graduation from a Colorado high school

The determination of a student's residency status is determined under Colorado residency laws.

Free tuition for Moffat County residents has already increased enrollment for the fall semester, according to CNCC Marketing Director Brian MacKenzie.

College enrollment is open. Orientation is Aug. 18, and classes begin Aug. 20. The last day to register for the fall semester is Aug. 22.

To learn more and apply, visit cncc.edu/apply, call 800-562-1105, Ext. 0, or drop by the college — 2801 W. Ninth St. — between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

How to get free college tuition

1 — Apply for college admission cncc.edu/apply.
2 — Apply for the Colorado College Opportunity Fund.
3 — Complete an application for in-district classification for tuition assistance.
4 — Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

That’s it. The Moffat County Junior Affiliated College District Board will cover tuition after COF funding has been applied.

Students must still pay course and college fees that vary depending on the number of credit hours and classes.