New In-state Tuition Rules for Students of Undocumented Parents

A change to Tennessee law provides new residency rules for certain students who are US citizens and whose parents are undocumented. The UT Registrar’s Office may classify you as a Tennessee resident and charge you in-state tuition and fees if you:

  • Are a US citizen
  • Graduated from a Tennessee public or private high school or have earned a Tennessee high school equivalency diploma AND
  • Have lived in Tennessee for at least one year prior to your admission

For questions, please contact Anne Smethers at 865-974-1189 or