III:00:10 Student Appeal of Initial Classification of Residency Status for Purpose of Fee Payment

I. PURPOSE

Middle Tennessee State University ("MTSU") classifies students as either in-state or out-of-state for the purposes of assessing university fees and tuition in accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents ("TBR") Policy 3:05:01:00 Regulations for Classifying Students In-State and Out-of-State for the Purposes of Paying College or University Fees and Tuition and for Admission Purposes. Pursuant to TBR Policy No. 3:05:01:00, MTSU hereby establishes the following procedures by which a student may appeal his/her initial classification of residency status.

II. DEFINITIONS

The definitions of relevant terms contained in TBR Policy No. 3:05:01:00 are incorporated herein by reference.

III. PROCEDURE

Students enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University may appeal their initial classification of residency status for purposes of fee payment according to the following procedure:

A. Students who are initially classified as out-of-state for purposes of fee payment by personnel in the admissions office, the graduate office, or the office of international programs and services, and who wish to appeal this classification, must complete the Application for Tennessee Residency for Fee-paying Purposes.

1. Documentation submitted by the student will be reviewed by the appropriate staff. The student will be notified of any change in status or other action taken on their application.

2. In the event that the student's application for in-state residency is denied, the student will be advised to contact the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (or other designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs) to initiate an appeal of the classification.

B. The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (or other designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs) will, upon request of the student and receipt of any additional information required for full consideration, convene the Student Appeals Committee. A representative of the office of original classification in each individual case shall serve as a consultant to the Student Appeals Committee and, upon request, shall provide the basis for the original decision and any other relevant information.

C. The Student Appeals Committee shall hear such evidence as members regard as relevant to a proper review of the student's residency status and will make a recommendation to the Vice President for Student Affairs either denying the appeal or recommending that the student be re-classified as in-state for purposes of fee payment.

D. The Vice President for Student Affairs will approve, reject, or modify the recommendation of the Student Appeals Committee. In any event, the student will be notified of the Vice President's decision in a timely manner.

E. The decision of the Vice President for Student Affairs will be final in matters of appeal with regard to residency status for purposes of fee payment.

Revisions: June 14, 1994; August 13, 2012.

Cross-references: TBR Policy 3:05:01:00 Regulations for Classifying Students In-State and Out-of-State for the Purposes of Paying College or University Fees and Tuition and for Admission Purposes.