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Non-Resident Students and Tuition in Alcoa City Schools

School Board Policy 6.204 defines non-resident students as "A pupil under eighteen (18) years of age shall be considered a resident only if his/her parents are domiciled within the City of Alcoa. Domicile shall be defined as your "true home - the place where you reside daily; to be inherently present where you exist."

Alcoa City Schools have allowed non-resident students to enroll in school for over 60 years.

As of late December 2018, Alcoa City Schools has an enrollment of 2082 students – of which, 357 students are non-resident (17%).

City property taxes supplies 20.31% of school funding.

In the 2018-2019 school year, Alcoa City Schools is budgeted to receive $4,020,000.00 from the City in local property tax.

  • The School System has received $4,020,000 from the City each year for the last 10+ years.
    • Our enrollment over the last 10+ years has increased over 400 students
      • Resident enrollment has increased from 1154 students in 2007-2008 to 1725 students in 2018-2019
      • Non-Resident enrollment has decreased from 456 students in 2007-2008 to 357 students in 2018-2019
  • The percentage of our non-resident students in the system has decreased from 28% in 2007-2008 to 17% in 2018-2019
  • The $4,020,000.00 the school system receives from the City of Alcoa is not related to student enrollment.
  • The amount of City property tax funds received by the school system is NOT effected by the increase or decrease of resident students or the increase or decrease of non-resident students.
  • There is no relationship between City property taxes and non- resident students in the Alcoa City School System.


Non-Resident Students generate approximately $3,086,440 in funding for the system because when they enroll in addition to tuition payments, they bring a BEP dollars in state funding. Also, any increase in enrollment increases our percentage of county sales taxes, county property taxes and other county-wide taxes. (This does not include the $4,020,000 of city property tax).

If we stopped non-resident students from attending school in Alcoa:

  • The cost to fund 15 additional teachers to teach 357 non-residents students is $1,170,000 and would no longer have to be paid.
  • The school system would lose the additional funds generated by tuition students of $1,916,440.00
  • The $4,020,000.00 from the City would need to increase to $5,936,440 to provide the same level of educational funding
  •  Alcoa Residents would potentially be facing an estimated $0.39 per $100 property tax increase to replace that funding.