Residency Classification for Out-of-State Students

Out-of-State Residents

Do you live outside of Tennessee?

Chances are you could be considered an In-State resident based on one of the criteria below:

Chattanooga State is conveniently located to serve students in Alabama and Georgia, and will even grant in-state tuition to residents of these bordering counties: Jackson County, Alabama; or Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker, Whitfield, or Fannin County, Georgia. This classification is based on the information provided on your admission application.

Military personnel and their spouses stationed in the State of Tennessee because of military orders are not required to pay out-of-state tuition, as long as they are stationed in Tennessee for a reason other than seeking an education.

Students who work full-time in Tennessee and attend class part-time will be charged in-state tuition. These students must provide an employer verification form (available online) when paying their fees each semester.

Students who are only taking online classes (and who do not qualify for a better tuition rate because of one of the classifications explained above) may qualify for a special tuition eRate. Information is available on the bursar's web site.

Chattanooga State follows the regulations set forth by TBR, and are in accordance with TBR Policy 3:05:01:00, for Classifying Student In-State or Out-of-State for the Purpose of Paying Fees and Tuition. The regulations may be found on the TBR website.

How to Determine your Residency Status

The following determines in-state and out-of-state status for fees and tuition purposes for college credit courses. The fee policies are defined by the State University and Community College System of Tennessee:

  • Everyone domiciled* in Tennessee is classified in-state for fee, tuition, and admission purposes.
  • Everyone not domiciled in Tennessee is classified out-of-state for said purposes.
  • The domicile of an "unemancipated person"** is that of his or her parent (i.e., father or mother, or non-parental guardian or legal custodian provided the guardianship or custodianship was not created primarily to create in-state status).
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) students who are out-of-state residents do not pay additional fees because of residency.
  • Unemancipated students of divorced parents are in-state when one parent, regardless of custodial status, is domiciled in Tennessee.
  • A graduate of any out-of-state high school must prove Tennessee residency before receiving in-state tuition status.
  • The spouse of a student classified as in-state shall also be classified as in-state.
  • International students will pay out-of-state tuition and cannot establish Tennessee residency.
  • Students classified by Immigration as a Permanent Resident, Resident Alien, Refugee, or Immigrant may be charged in-state fees if domiciled in Tennessee.
  • Part-time students who are not domiciled in Tennessee but who are employed full-time in Tennessee are classified out-of-state but are not required to pay out-of-state tuition. The student must provide proper documentation each semester.

* Domicile—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 elsewhere.
** Emancipated person—a person who is eighteen years old, and whose parents have entirely surrendered the right to his/her care, custody, and earnings and are no longer under any legal obligation to support or maintain him/her.