Legislative Affairs

Colorado State Capitol Building

The Department of Higher Education is a key stakeholder in representing the voices of students and institutions at the Colorado State Capitol. The Department works with all legislators to advance our shared interests. Most importantly, we work with the Joint Budget Committee to set the state appropriation budget for all public institutions of higher education, which directly impacts tuition and other services for students. With the help of Department, the General Assembly has passed numerous bills to help erase racial equity gaps in higher education and increase student success support systems.

Legislative Leaders at a Press Conference

Under the leadership of Dr. Angie Paccione and with the support of Governor Jared Polis and public institutions of higher education, Colorado continues to lead the nation in higher education policy.

For more information on our budget requests, legislative agenda and state laws impacting higher education, please contact Chloe Figg, Legislative Liaison, at Chloe.Figg@dhe.state.co.us.  

2021 Legislative Session

The first regular session of the 73rd General Assembly convened on January 13th, 2021. 

Department Initiatives

Bills Impacting Higher Education

Bill tracker as of 4/19/2021

Important Dates

  • February 16: legislature reconvenes from their recess
  • March 9: Department figure setting at the Joint Budget Committee

Legislative Resources

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Legislative Page

General Assembly Website
Session Schedule

JBC Audio
JBC Schedule

Senate Education Committee
House Education Committee 
Capital Development Committee

Public testimony options