A court may order parents to pay postsecondary education costs. “If
the court finds that it is appropriate for the parents to contribute to
the costs of a program of postsecondary education, then the court shall
terminate child support and enter an order requiring both parents to contribute
a sum determined to be reasonable for the education expenses of the child,
taking into account the resources of each parent and the child.”
C.R.S. 14-10-115(15)(c). Postsecondary education costs are not limited
to tuition; costs include books and fees. C.R.S. § 14-10-115(3(g).
These costs can be paid to the child directly, the institution or may
be ordered in another form of payment suitable for the situation. C.R.S.
§ 14-10-115(15)(g). The court may order payments from one parent
to the other if the child is living with that parent during the school
year or in excess of 30 days when school is not in session. C.R.S. §
14-10-115(15)(h). Postsecondary education payments will not exceed the
amount in child support. The court will be limited in ordering “an
amount not to exceed the amount listed under the schedule of basic child
support obligations . . . for the number of children receiving postsecondary
education.” C.R.S. § 14-10-115(15)(c). Finally, a postsecondary
education support order may be modified by the court just as a child support
order would be modified or terminated.