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Classification will be determined and the applicant will be notified by email. For additional information regarding the State of Tennessee regulations for classification see links at right.


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. Turning 18 in itself does not provide that a student is emancipated for in-state tuition purposes.

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 last day of registration for a semester is located on the Timetable/Financial Deadlines Calendars for the semester and is the “Last Day to Final Register, Add, Change Grading Options with a W - Full Session Course”. The residency classification officer will review the appeal and send a response by email. Additional steps are available in the appeal process. Completing the residency application or the appeal process does not guarantee a student will receive in-state classification.


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
Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays.


Telephone calls for the Office of the University Registrar are answered by One Stop Express Student Services Center (865-974-1111) located at Hodges Library Ground Floor, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard. To contact University Registrar staff please refer to Staff Listing.


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