(1) "Public higher educational institution" shall mean a university or community college
supported by appropriations made by the Legislature of this State.
(2) "Residence" shall mean continuous physical presence and maintenance of a dwelling
within this State, provided that absence from the State for short periods of time
shall not affect the establishment of a residence.
(3) "Domicile" shall mean a person’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of
habitation; it is the place where he or she intends to remain, and to which he or
she expects to return when he or she leaves without intending to establish a new domicile
(4) "Emancipated person" shall mean a person who has attained the age of eighteen
years, and whose parents have entirely surrendered the right to the care, custody,
and earnings of such person and who no longer are under any legal obligation to support
or maintain such deemed "emancipated" person.
(5) "Parent" shall mean a person’s father or mother. If there is a non-parental guardian
or legal custodian of an unemancipated person, "parent" shall mean such guardian or
legal custodian; provided, that there are not circumstances indicating that such guardianship
or custodianship was created primarily for the purpose of conferring the status of
an in-state student on such unemancipated person.
(6) "Continuous enrollment" shall mean enrollment at a public higher educational institution
or institutions of this State as a full-time student, as such term is defined by the
governing body of said public higher educational institution or institutions, for
a normal academic year or years of the appropriate portion or portions thereof since
the beginning of the period for which continuous enrollment is claimed. Such person
need not enroll in summer sessions or other such inter-sessions beyond the normal
academic year for his or her enrollment to be deemed "continuous." Enrollment shall
be deemed continuous notwithstanding lapses in enrollment occasioned solely by the
scheduling of commencement and/or termination of the academic years, or appropriate
portion thereof, of the public higher educational institutions in which such person