Residency Classification Application
The rules of the University of Tennessee require that out-of-state students pay out-of-state tuition. In order to be classified in-state, a student must provide evidence that he or she is
“domiciled” in Tennessee. Domicile is defined as a person’s “true, fixed and permanent home,” and is determined by looking at a number of factors. The primary factor is evidence
that a person intends to make Tennessee his or her home on a permanent basis. Typically, a student who only comes to Tennessee to attend the University is not granted Tennessee
residence. The initial residency classification is determined by information provided on the application for admission.
Regulations for Classifying Students In-State or Out-of-State
for the Purpose of Paying Fees and Tuition
Intent. It is the intent that the public institutions of higher education in the state of Tennessee shall apply uniform
rules, as described in these regulations and not otherwise, in determining whether students shall be classified
“in-state” or “out-of-state” for fees and tuition purposes and for admission purposes.
Definitions. Wherever used in these regulations:
1. “Public higher education institution” shall mean a university or community college supported by appropriations
made by the Legislature of this State.
2. “Residence” shall mean continuous physical presence and maintenance of a dwelling place within this State,
provided that absence from the State for short periods of time shall not affect the establishment of a residence.
3. “Domicile” shall mean a person’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation; it is the place where
he or she intends to remain, and to which he or she expects to return when he or she leaves without intending
to establish or having established a new domicile elsewhere. Undocumented aliens cannot establish domicile in
Tennessee, regardless of length of residence in Tennessee.
4. “Emancipated person” shall mean a person who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years and whose parents have
entirely surrendered the right to the care, custody, and earnings of such person and are no longer under any legal
obligation to support or maintain such person.
5. “Parent” shall mean a person’s father or mother. If there is a non-parental guardian or legal custodian of an
unemancipated person, then “ parent” shall mean such guardian or legal custodian; provided, that there are
not circumstances indicating that such guardianship or custodianship was created primarily for the purpose of
conferring the status of an in-state student on such emancipated person.
6. “Continuous enrollment” or “continuously enrolled” shall mean enrollment at a public higher educational institution
or institutions of this State as a full-time student, as such term is defined by the governing body of said public
higher education institution or institutions, for a normal academic year or years or the appropriate portion or
portions thereof since the beginning of the period for which continuous enrollment is claimed. Such person need
not enroll in summer sessions or other such inter-sessions beyond the normal academic year in order that his
or her enrollment be deemed “continuous.” Enrollment shall be deemed continuous notwithstanding lapses in
enrollment occasioned solely by the scheduling of the commencement and/or termination of the academic years,
or appropriate portion thereof, of the public higher educational institutions in which such person enrolls.
7. “U.S. Armed Forces” shall mean the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
8. “Veteran” means:
(a) a former member of the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(b) a former or current member of a reserve or Tennessee national guard unit who was called into active military
service of the United States, as defined in Tennessee Code Annotated § 58-1-102.
Rules for Determination of Status.
1. Every person having his or her domicile in this State shall be classified “in-state” for fee and tuition purposes and for
2. Every person not having his or her domicile in this State shall be classified “out-of-state” for fee and tuition purposes
and for admission purposes.
3. The domicile of an unemancipated person is that of his or her parent, except as provided in paragraph (4) of
this Section .03. Unemancipated students of divorced parents shall be classified “in-state” when one (1) parent,
regardless of custodial status, is domiciled in Tennessee, except as provided in paragraph (4) of this Section .03.
4. A student shall be classified as “in-state” for fee and tuition purposes if the student is a citizen of the United States,
has resided in Tennessee for at least one (1) year immediately prior to admission, and has:
(a) Graduated from a Tennessee public secondary school;
(b) Graduated from a private secondary school that is located in Tennessee; or
(c) Earned a Tennessee high school equivalency diploma.
5. The spouse of a student classified as “in-state” shall also be classified “in-state.”
6. All classifications shall be subject to the Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act, Tennessee Code Annotated §
4-58-101 et seq.
Out-of-State Students Who Are Not Required to Pay Out-of-State Tuition.
1. An unemancipated, currently enrolled student shall be reclassified out-of-state should his or her parent, having
theretofore been domiciled in the State, remove from the State. However, such student shall not be required to pay
out-of-state tuition nor be treated as an out-of-state student for admission purposes so long as his or her enrollment
at a public higher educational institution or institutions shall be continuous.
2. An unemancipated person whose parent is not domiciled in this State but is a member of the armed forces and
stationed at Fort Campbell pursuant to military orders shall be classified out-of-state, but shall not be required to
pay out-of-state tuition. Such a person, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which he or she is
currently enrolled, shall not be required to pay out-of-state tuition if his or her parent thereafter is transferred on
3. Part-time students who are not domiciled in this State but who are employed full-time in the State shall be classified
out-of-state but shall not be required to pay out-of-state tuition. This shall apply to part-time students who are
employed in the State by more than one employer, resulting in the equivalent of full-time employment.
4. A member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty for more than thirty (30) days and who has a permanent duty
station in the State of Tennessee (or the spouse or dependent child of such a member) who should be classified
out-of-state in accordance with other provisions of these regulations will be classified out-of-state but shall not be
required to pay out-of-state tuition. This provision shall continue to apply to such a member, spouse, or dependent
child while continuously enrolled at that public higher education institution, notwithstanding a subsequent change in
the permanent duty station of the member to a location outside the State.
5. A person who is domiciled in the Kentucky counties of Fulton, Hickman, or Graves shall be classified out-of-state and
shall not be required to pay out-of-state tuition at The University of Tennessee at Martin if qualified for admission.
This exemption is on condition that Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, continues to admit Tennessee
residents from selected Tennessee counties to enroll at that institution without payment of out-of-state tuition.
6. Any dependent child not domiciled in Tennessee but who qualifies and is selected to receive a scholarship under
the “Dependent Children Scholarship Act” (T.C.A. § 49-4-704) because his or her parent is a law enforcement
officer, fireman, or emergency medical service technician who was killed or totally and permanently disabled while
performing duties within the scope of employment, shall be classified out-of-state but shall not be required to pay
7. A veteran enrolled in any public institution of higher education in this State shall not be required to pay out-of-state
tuition or any out-of-state fee, if the veteran:
(a) Has not been dishonorably discharged from a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or the national guard;
(b) Is eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits or Montgomery GI Bill benefits; and
(c) Enrolls in a public institution of higher education, after satisfying all admission requirements, within twenty-four
(24) months after the date of discharge as reflected on the veteran’s certificate of release or discharge from active
duty, Form DD-214, or an equivalent document.
To continue to qualify for in-state tuition and fees under this subsection, a veteran shall:
(a) Maintain continuous enrollment (as defined by the public institution of higher education in which the veteran
is enrolled); and
(b) Within one (1) year of enrolling in the public institution of higher education:
1. Register to vote in the State of Tennessee; or
2. Demonstrate by objective evidence intent to be a resident of the State of Tennessee by
obtaining at least two (2) of the following:
(i) A Tennessee driver’s license;
(ii) A Tennessee motor vehicle registration;
(iii) Proof of established employment in the State of Tennessee; or
(iv) Other documentation clearly evidencing domicile or residence in this State, as
determined by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
8. Students not domiciled in Tennessee but who are selected to participate in institutional undergraduate honors
programs specified by the public higher education institution in which the student is enrolled shall be classified
out-of-state but shall not be required to pay out-of- state tuition.
9. A “covered individual” under the federal Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, Public Law 113-
146, who maintains continuous enrollment at the same public institution of higher education.
Presumption. Unless the contrary appears from clear and convincing evidence, it shall be presumed that an
emancipated person does not acquire domicile in this State while enrolled as a full-time student at any public or
private higher educational institution in this State, as such status is defined by such institution.
Evidence to be Considered for Establishment of Domicile. If a person asserts that he or she has
established domicile in this State, he or she has the burden of proving that he or she has done so. Such a person is
entitled to provide to the public higher educational institution by which he/she seeks to be classified or reclassified
“in-state”, any and all evidence which he or she believes will sustain his or her burden of proof. Said institution will
consider any and all evidence provided to it concerning such claim of domicile but will not treat any particular type
or item of such evidence as conclusive evidence that domicile has or has not been established.
Appeal. The classification officer of each public higher educational institution shall be responsible for initially
classifying students “in-state” or “out-of-state.” Appropriate procedures shall be established by each such institution
by which a student may appeal his or her initial classification.
Effective Date for Reclassification. If a student classified “out-of-state” applies for in-state classification and
is subsequently so classified, his or her in-state classification shall be effective as of the date on which reclassification
was sought. However, out-of-state tuition will be charged for any quarter or semester during which reclassification is
sought and obtained unless application for reclassification is made to the classification officer on or before the last
day of registration of that quarter or semester.
Adopted by the University of Tennessee in sessions held on the following dates: 12/13/74, 2/21/75, 3/21/86, 9/16/88, 6/29/90, 6/24/94, 1/18/96.
Guidelines for Residency Appeals Process
1. Complete the appeals form completely and thoroughly. The more information a student
provides, the easier it is to make a residency classification determination.
2. Attach a copy of the following information:
a. Tennessee driver’s license
b. Tennessee vehicle registration card
c. Tennessee voter registration card
d. Statement from Tennessee employer
3. Explain fully why you believe you should be classified as an in-state student.
4. If you have questions about the process, please contact the Admissions Office.
5. Return the form and documents to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Hall Moody Administration Building, Martin, Tennessee 38238
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