Residency Classification Guide
Paragraph 4: Out-of-State Students Who are not Required to Pay Out-of-State Tuition
- 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.
- An unemancipated person whose parent is not domiciled in this State but is a member of the armed forces and stationed in this State, or who are 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 military orders.
- A person whose domicile is in a county or another state lying immediately adjacent to Montgomery County, or whose place of residence is within thirty (30) miles of Austin Peay University shall be classified out-of-state but shall not be required to pay out-of-state tuition at Austin Peay University. Provided, however, that there be no teacher college or normal school within the non-resident's own state, of equal distance to the said nonresident's bona fide place of residence.
- Part-time students who are not domiciled in this State, but who are employed full-time in the State or who are stationed at Fort Campbell pursuant to military orders, shall be classified out-of-state but 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.
- 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 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.
- A person who is domiciled in the Kentucky counties of Fulton, Hickman, or Graves shall be classified as 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 the condition that Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky continue to admit Tennessee residents from selected Tennessee counties to enroll in that institution without payment of out-of-state tuition.
- 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 service technician who was killed or totally and permanently disabled while performing duties within the scope of employment, shall be classified as out-of-state but shall not be required to pay out of state tuition.
- A veteran or any individuals entitled to the veteran’s educational benefits, 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 or eligible individual:
To continue to qualify for in-state tuition and fees after three (3) years have passed from the date of discharge as reflected on the veteran’s certificate of release or discharge from active duty, form DD0214, or equivalent document, an eligible student shall:
- Is eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits or Montgomery GI Bill benefits; and
- Enrolls in a public institution of higher education, after satisfying all admission requirements, within three (3) years 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
- Maintain continuous enrollment as defined by the public institution of higher education in which the veteran is enrolled; and
- Demonstrate objective evidence of established residency in this state by presenting at least two (2) of the following:
- Proof of voter registration in this state
- A Tennessee driver license
- A Tennessee motor vehicle registration
- Proof of established employment in this state; or
- Other documentation clearly evidencing domicile or residence in the state, as determined by THEC.
- 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.
- The spouse of a student classified as "in-state" shall also be classified "in-state".
- Students not domiciled in Tennessee but are selected to participate in specified institutional undergraduate Honors Programs shall be classified as out of state but shall not be required to pay out of state tuition. ****NOTE – The University of Tennessee at Knoxville does not grant in-state status to students based upon membership in the Chancellor’s Honors Program or its other honors programs. ONLY non-resident recipients of Chancellor’s Scholarships and Haslam Scholars are considered out-of-state students who are not required to pay out of state tuition. *****
- A person whose domicile is in Mississippi County, Arkansas, or either Dunkin County or Pemiscot County, Missouri, and who is admitted to Dyersburg State Community College, shall be classified as out-of-state but shall not be required to pay out of state tuition.
- A person who is not domiciled in Tennessee, but has a bona fide place of residence in a county which is adjacent to the Tennessee state line and which is also within a 30 mile radius (as determined by THEC.) of a city containing a two year TBR institution, shall be classified as out-of-state but shall not be required to pay out of state tuition. The two-year institution may only admit up to three percent (3%) of the full-time equivalent attendance of the institution without out-of-state tuition. (THEC may adjust the number of non-residents admitted pursuant to this section every three (3) years.) (See T.C.A. 49-8-102.)
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.
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