The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Residency Classification Guide

Paragraph 2: Definitions

(Whenever 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 the State, provided that absence from the State for short periods of time shall not affect the establishment of residence.
  3. "Domicile" shall mean a person's true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation; it is the place where he intends to remain; and to which he or she expects to return when he or she leaves without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere.
  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 or such person and are no longer under any legal obligation to support or maintain such persons.
  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 National 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 ยง 58-1-102.

Authority: Public Acts of Tennessee, 1839-1840, chapter 98, Section 5 and Public Acts of Tennessee, 1807, chapter 64, Administrative History: Original rule filed November 23, 1976; effective December 23, 1976; Repeal and new rule filed May 27, 1986; effective August 12, 1986. Amendment filed October 19, 1995; effective February 28, 1996.


1 Intent


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

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

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
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