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.
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.
- Higher Education Budget & Legislative Agenda (FY 2021-22)
- Fact Sheets
- Smart Act Presentation
- Chief Educational Equity Officer
Bills Impacting Higher Education
- February 16: legislature reconvenes from their recess
- March 9: Department figure setting at the Joint Budget Committee
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Legislative Page