The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


  1. "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.
  2. "Continuous enrollment" shall mean enrollment at a public higher education institution or institutions of this State as a full-time student, as such term is defined by the governing body of the said public higher 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 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.
  3. “U.S. Armed Forces: shall mean the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
  4. “Veteran” means:
    1. A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces; or
    2. A former or current member of a reserve or Tennessee National Guard unit who was called into active military services of the United States, as defined in Tennessee Code Annotated § 58-1-102.

Authority: Public Acts of Tennessee, 1839-1840, Chapter 98, Section 5; Public Acts of Tennessee, 1807, Chapter 64; and Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-9-105. Administrative History: Original rule filed November 23, 1976; effective December 23, 1976. Repeal and new rule filed May 27, 1986; effective August 12, 1986. Repeal and new rule filed May 27, 2015; effective August 25, 2015.

1 Intent
2 Definitions
3 Rules for Determination Status
4 Out-of-State Students Who Are Not Required to Pay Out-of-State Tuition
5 Presumption
6 Evidence To Be Considered for Establishment of Domicile
7 Appeal
8 Effective Date for Reclassification


To help you understand residency regulations at the University of Tennessee Knoxville see the section Frequently Asked Questions.


Contact Information

Anne Smethers- Undergraduate Students

Carla Poore - Graduate Students

Janet Hatcher - College of Law Students

Deborah Shepherd - College of Veterinary Medicine Students



The Office of the University Registrar

209 Student Services Building - Knoxville, TN 37996-0200
Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays.


Telephone calls for the Office of the University Registrar are answered by One Stop Student Services (865-974-1111) located at Hodges Library Ground Floor, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard. To contact University Registrar staff please refer to Staff Listing.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000 | The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System

Contact Webmaster