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FAQ: Residency

For questions or information regarding residency please contact:

Undergraduate: Anne Smethers, 865-974-1189 or uaresidency@utk.edu
Graduate: Carla Poore, 865-974-1338 or cpoore@utk.edu

Or visit the Registrar’s website.

Always check your student profile for your Residency Classification for tuition purposes.

Admissions bases your residency classification using many different questions answered in the enrollment application. If you have been classified as out-of-state and feel this is incorrect you may need to provide additional documentation to determine your residency classification.

Full time Active duty military currently stationed in the State of Tennessee or at Ft. Campbell, KY are considered out of state students who do not have to pay out of state tuition. Current military orders need to be provided to the residency classifier in order to receive this waiver.

The military waiver does not apply to out of state students who are current Reservists or in the Tennessee National Guard who have not been called into active service under §58-1-102.

If your ‘Home of Record’ is Tennessee and you are currently active duty military stationed out of state or abroad, you or your dependents qualify for in-state classification for tuition purposes. Documentation showing this information would need to be provided to the residency classifier to receive this waiver.

If you are recently discharged or a retired veteran and ‘Home of Record’ is Tennessee on your DD-214 you are eligible for in-state tuition, provided you immediately domicile and remain domiciled in Tennessee after separation from the military. Documentation showing this information would need to be provided to the residency classifier to receive this waiver.

Recently discharged veterans whose ‘Home of Record’ is not Tennessee and former or current members of a reserve or Tennessee National Guard unit who was called into active military service as defined in §58-1-102 are not required to pay out of state fees provided the veteran has not been dishonorably discharged from a branch of service, is eligible for Post-9/11 or Montgomery GI Bill benefits and enrolls in a public institution within the state of Tennessee within 3 years of the date of discharge as reflected on form DD-214. Documentation will need to be provided to the residency classifier to obtain this waiver. In order to continue to qualify for in-state tuition the student needs to remain continuously enrolled at the University and within 3 years of date of discharge on form DD-214 must provide two of the following items – Tennessee voter registration card, Tennessee driver’s license, Tennessee motor vehicle registration, Proof of Tennessee Employment – to the residency classifier to retain this waiver.

This waiver in classification does not apply to Reservists or National Guard members who have not been called into active service under §58-1-102 or military veterans who have been discharged for more than 3 years prior to enrollment to the University.

If you are a dependent of an active duty military member who’s ‘Home of Record’ is Tennessee and they are stationed out of state or abroad, you qualify for in-state classification for tuition purposes. Documentation showing this information would need to be provided to the residency classifier to receive this classification. Dependents of an active duty military member whose ‘Home of Record’ is not Tennessee but the military member is currently stationed in Tennessee or Ft. Campbell, KY are considered out of state students who do not have to pay out of state tuition. Current military orders will need to be provided to the residency classifier in order to receive this waiver.

The military waiver does not apply to out of state students if the student is a dependent of U.S. Reservists or Tennessee National Guard members who have not been called into active military service as defined in §58-1-102.

Dependents of recently discharged veterans whose ‘Home of Record’ is not Tennessee and dependents of former or current members of a reserve or Tennessee National Guard unit who was called into active military service as defined in §58-1-102 are not required to pay out of state fees provided the veteran has not been dishonorably discharged from a branch of service, the dependent is eligible for the veterans educational benefits, and the dependent enrolls in a public institution within the state of Tennessee within 3 years of the date of discharge as reflected on the veterans form DD-214. Documentation will need to be provided to the residency classifier to obtain this waiver. In order to continue to qualify for in-state tuition the student needs to remain continuously enrolled at the University and within 3 years of the date of discharge on the veterans DD-214 must provide two of the following items – Tennessee voter registration card, Tennessee driver’s license, Tennessee motor vehicle registration, Proof of Tennessee Employment – to the residency classifier to retain this waiver.

This waiver does not apply to dependents of current Reservists or National Guard members who have not been called into active service under §58-1-102 or dependents of military veterans who have been discharged for more than 3 years prior to enrollment to the University.

If the veteran has been discharged from the military for more than 3 years from the date of enrollment of the student, domicile is determined in the same way as any other dependent student whose parents are not currently domiciled in the State of Tennessee.

Residency requirements for obtaining a driver’s license and auto registration are different from residency requirements for tuition purposes.

Moving into your room, renting an apartment prior to attending, moving into a relative’s home, or any other place to live prior to the first day of school does not prove primary domicile required for in-state classification for tuition purposes and will not automatically provide in-state classification for tuition purposes. Intent to remain in the state after attending the University does not provide the documentable proof required by auditors to show move is incidental to educational purposes.

True, Tennessee does not have a specific time requirement that indicates a person must be domiciled in the state 6 months or a year, however, this does not indicate that moving to Tennessee prior to the start of classes will automatically provide consideration for in state classification for tuition purposes.  If you move to Tennessee and immediately enroll at the University or was accepted to the university prior to domicile in the state, it is difficult to show your move was incidental to education purposes.

A person may be financially dependent on his/her parents for purposes of determining domicile even if parents are not claiming the student for income tax purposes. Failure to claim a qualifying relative as a dependent does not, in and of itself, establish that the child is in fact financially independent. The student needs to document that he/she has income independent of parents sufficient to support themselves. Income obtained from parent financed, guaranteed or co-signed loans, gifts from parents, classified as a dependent for FAFSA purposes, property purchased by parents, and college funds, 529 plans, trust funds or savings plans set up for a student by parents are not considered independent financial support.

Property ownership alone does not provide in-state classification for tuition purposes if the property is not the parent’s current, primary, legal domicile. Owning a vacation home, 2nd home, or a condo purchased for a student to use while in college is not sufficient evidence of domicile. A student residing in a home or property owned by parents that is not the primary domicile of parents does not provide in-state classification. The home in Tennessee must be the primary legal domicile of the student’s supporting parents. Transferring property owned or purchasing a home for a student in the state to reside in while attending the University also does not provide in-state classification.

Enrolled out of state students do not acquire domicile in Tennessee while attending the University regardless of the length of time a student is enrolled. A presence in the state of Tennessee to attend a higher educational institution does not provide permanent domicile but is considered a temporary residence for educational purposes. The presumption is the student is residing in the state primarily for educational benefits regardless of how long the length of stay.

Attending an educational institution as a student does not provide in-state classification after 6 months, a year, or more.

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