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Student Residency Classification

Initial student residency classification of in-state or out-of-state is determined by an admissions processor from information contained on the University of Tennessee application for admission.


The State of Tennessee establishes student residency regulations.

Basically, the regulations state that:

  1. Students receiving parental support are classified according to parental domicile.
  2. An emancipated student independent of parents may establish in-state classification by producing clear and convincing evidence of Tennessee domicile. Proof must be provided that the move to Tennessee was not primarily for obtaining educational opportunities for themselves, dependents, or spouse.

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

For complete details, please see The Residency Classification Guide.

Appeal for In-State Classification
Students classified as out-of-state, or whose status is unclear, may submit an application for residency reclassification. The deadline for submission of the application and supporting documentation is on or before the last day of regular registration.  The residency classification officer will review the appeal and send a written response by mail.  Additional steps of appeal are available: appeal process



Contact Information

Anne Smethers - Undergraduate Students

Carla Poore - Graduate Students

Janet Hatcher - College of Law Students

Deborah Shepherd - College of Veterinary Medicine Students