The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Residency Classification Guide

Paragraph 3: 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 admission purposes.
  2. Every person not having his or her domicile in this State shall be classified "out-of-state" for said 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 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:
    1. Graduated from a Tennessee public secondary school;
    2. Graduated from a private secondary school that is located in Tennessee; or
    3. Earned a Tennessee high school equivalency diploma.
  1. The spouse of a student classified as “in-state” shall also be classified “in-state”.
  2. All classifications shall be subject to the Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act, Tennessee Code Annotated ยง4-58-101 et seq.

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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