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Residency Application Guidelines

The Residency Application Process allows an admitted/current student who has been classified as an out-of-state (i.e., non-Tennessee) resident for fee/tuition paying purposes to ensure a review of his or her residency classification status. A Residency Application submission includes both a completed application form and associated supporting documentation. Residency Applications are reviewed and acted on by the UTHSC Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services, with appeals heard by UTHSC's Residency Appeals Committee. The Registrar serves as the Residency Coordinator.

We strongly encourage admitted/current students to discuss the classification by telephone and/or face-to-face with the Registrar (or designee), including possible extenuating circumstances considered relevant to the classification decision.You can contact the residency designee at or set up an appointment at the One Stop Shop, 901-448-7703 to discuss your case.

Before a Residency Application can be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs/Enrollment Services, the admitted/current student must have:

It is important to note that submitting a Residency Application and supporting documentation does not guarantee that a change of residency classification from out-of-state to in-state will occur.

When reclassification is granted, it is not retroactive and will take effect in the academic term immediately following the one in which the decision was rendered (e.g., if the decision was rendered in fall 2016, reclassification will take effect spring 2017).

Deferred Action

On Friday, June 15, 2012, The White House announced President Obama signed a Memorandum calling for Deferred Action for an undocumented person who:

  • Came to the U.S under the age of 16 and is currently under the age of 30;
  • Has lived in the country for over 5 years;
  • Has a High School Diploma/GED or is a veteran of the Coast Guard/Armed Forces; and
  • Has no criminal record and is not considered to “pose a threat” to national security or public safety, including having been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors.

Individuals who have applied for or obtained the deferral, should be advised that the deferral does not confer lawful immigration status on the individual. Students who qualify for the deferral remain ineligible for in-state tuition rates based on domicile and remain ineligible for federal student loan programs and any other programs for which they were ineligible prior to the deferral.

Residency Appeal Process

Admitted/current students may request reconsideration of their residency classification by submitting an appeal. The appeal procedures are described below. An admitted/current student may appeal only one time per term. Once the Residency Appeal Committee's decision has been made for that term, the applicant cannot appeal again until the following term.

A request for appeal must be made in writing to the Residency Coordinator, within ten (10) days of written notification of the initial decision. The Residency Appeal Committee will review the documentation provided by the student and the Residency Application. The Committee will then hand down its decision whether or not to reclassify administratively at this step in the process.

Final Appeal – Office of the Chancellor

Request for a final appeal must be made in writing to the Residency Coordinator, Registrar, or designee within ten (10) days of written notification of the appeal/reconsideration decision. The Chancellor only overturns Residency Appeal Committee decisions when the applicant contends there were inherent flaws or biases in the process leading up to the residency decision. The Chancellor will not consider new information not already considered by the Residency Appeals Committee. The appealing student will be notified in writing of the decision which is final.

Reapplying for Reclassification

Students who have exhausted the appeals process and have been denied in-state tuition status are eligible to reapply for reclassification the following term if they believe that circumstances have changed or new facts warrant a new application. This application is seen as a new case, not a continuation of the initial appeal. The application and appeals process are the same.


Last Published: Oct 28, 2019