ptblazer wrote:rekopter wrote:Just to add to this, it's really important to file a CO tax return--even if you moved here in August, and even if you made no income. File it.
And you're allowed to go home for breaks or to travel.
Sorry, I meant move back home for the 3 month summer break or is that okay? Not that law students would do that. My understanding was that leaving for such of long period of time doesn't demonstrate you're intent on becoming a resident.
Typical law student/lawyer answer: it depends. Are you taking a summer associate position which leads to a permanent job? Iffy. Are you moving home to care for your ailing mother? Better.
Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis by a tuition classification officer on campus. You want to show an intent to make CO your home. Taking a month of your summer to tour South America probably won't defeat this. Buying a house in California, incorporating a new business in Wyoming, or taking a permanent job out-of-state probably will.
If you file a tax return here, register to vote, register your car, get a drivers license, and buy a house here, that's a lot of good evidence for you. Even if you do just some of this, you'll probably be good. I don't know of any of my classmates who had any trouble getting the in-state classification after their first year.