The full description of the TBR policies governing residency for fee-paying purposes
is located on TBR's website:
||If a student’s primary source of support is the parents, then at least one of the
parents must be a resident of the state of Tennessee for the student to count as in-state.
||NOTE: If a student has begun his or her studies as an in-state student, the student
stays in-state as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled even if the parent
subsequently moves to another state.
||If the student is “emancipated,” i.e. not supported primarily through the parents,
a student must have their “domicile” in the state of Tennessee.
||Normally, a student establishes domicile by residing in Tennessee for at least two
regular (fall or spring) semesters before enrolling full-time at a college or university
||Students who have been residents of Tennessee for less than the normal period must
clearly establish that they moved to Tennessee for reasons other than educational
purposes before enrolling at a college or university in Tennessee. Some examples of
documentation could be copies of a lease or mortgage information, TN driver’s license,
utility bill, TN voter’s registration, etc.
||As long as an out-of-state student is continuously enrolled full-time at an institution
of higher-education in Tennessee, the assumption is that they are here primarily for
||The spouse of a student classified as in-state shall also be classified as in-state.
(Note: the spouse must be a student. A copy of the marriage certificate should be provided)
||An out-of-state student attending the University of Memphis on a part-time basis (11
hrs max for undergraduate students and 8 hrs max for graduate students) may pay fees
at an in-state rate in a given semester if they can establish, prior to the beginning
of the semester, that he or she is employed full-time in the state of Tennessee. A
letter of employment must be provided by the employer each semester. Information should
be included verifying that the student is employed full-time (minimum of 37.5 hours
||An active duty military personnel whose ‘Home of Record’ is Tennessee but who is stationed
elsewhere is considered an in-state student for fee paying purposes.
||Applicants who provide evidence that they have been transferred by their employer
to Tennessee will be considered in-state. A letter from the employer is required prior
to the beginning of the semester for documentation.
||Students who are non-immigrant visa holders will be considered as non-residents for
fee paying purposes. Students who are on a work related visa (H-1) may be eligible
to pay in-state fees providing that they work full-time in Tennessee and enroll part-time.
Documentation should be provided by the employer prior to the beginning of the semester.
Applicants who hold an “H-4” visa and who have applied for “Dual Intent Status” must
provide documentation validating the filing to be considered for in-state tuition.
||Non-immigrant visa holders who have been approved for Permanent Residency status must provide one the following as documentation to
be considered an in-state student for fee paying purposes; congratulatory letter from
Homeland Security, stamped passport, or copy of green card. Asylum and refugee classifications
are considered to be Permanent Residents. A copy of the I-94 card is required.
Admissions/non-resident Fee Waivers
1. Academic Common Market
2. Border County fee waivers
3. Employed full-time in Tennessee/Enrolled part-time
4. Military – Active duty military and their dependents stationed in Tennessee regardless
of their ‘Home of Record’ will be eligible to pay in-state fees.
Bursar Fee Discounts/Waivers
Please consult the policies posted on the site for a precise and detailed description
of these policies. The Office of Admissions is also available to answer any questions
you might have at 901-678-2111.