Tuition and Funding
The cost of attending UT is dependent on many variables— your status as either a resident of Tennessee or an out-of-state student, your participation in the academic common market, the courses you take, whether you are a full or part-time student, etc. We'll provide you with some quick estimates, but please contact us for further details.
Cost estimates for the current school year can be found on the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website. These estimates are based on in-state and out-of-state, full-time enrollment at The University of Tennessee.
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships also provides a free "Net Price" Calculator that will help you determine your likely out-of-pocket expenses. You may access the calculator from their website.
2013 Tuition Model—"Fifteen in Four" (15-4)
All freshmen and transfer students applying to enroll as full-time undergraduates in fall 2013 will pay for 15 credit hours, which is a change from the current tuition structure.
» Learn more on the Financial Aid website.
How Can I Afford It?
UT provides families with advice concerning a wide range of financial aid and scholarships from federal, state, and private sources.
Many students from other states in the southeastern region may benefit from participating in the Academic Common Market. The ACM is an agreement among Southern states for sharing unique academic programs. Participating states can make arrangements for their residents who are fully admitted to specific programs at UT to enroll on an in-state tuition basis if these programs are not available in the state of residence. For more information, please email us at email@example.com.
The Office of the Bursar administers VOL Xpress accounts, collects University fees and charges, and delivers excess financial aid. Federal Perkins Student Loan and UT Loan Program collections are also administered through this office. The Central Cashier's Division, which is responsible for collecting and accounting for departmental deposits, is also part of the Bursar's Office. Details of tuition and fees for the current year may also be found at the Bursar's Office.
Most aid comes from government sources and much of it requires demonstration of financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is usually required and should be submitted to the federal processing center no later than February 15 in the spring prior to the fall of the applicant's freshman year. The FAFSA can be completed online. Tennessee residents must submit the FAFSA in order to be eligible to receive the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship (HOPE Scholarship, or TELS).
Most scholarships awards are based upon a student's demonstrated academic, artistic, or athletic talent. Some scholarships are automatically awarded to students who have excellent high school grades and test scores, or demonstrated financial need. Others require a separate written application or an audition.
- UT's competitive scholarships offered by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and by colleges and departments are awarded based upon completion of the scholarship portion of the Application for Admission & Scholarships, which must be submitted by November 1. The online application for freshman applicants is part of the online application for Admission & Scholarships and is available through the student's VIP portal.
- UT's institutional scholarships are awarded to students who meet the established criteria for high school grade point average and test scores, or financial need. Only the completed admission portion of the Application for Admission & Scholarships, submitted by December 1, is required in order to be considered. The online application is available through the student's VIP portal.
Fee Discounts are available only by application and should be approved prior to the beginning of the term for which a discount is being sought.
Federal Work Study is funded from federal and institutional resources. This is a need-based program that allows eligible students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part time. At UT this program awards students an average of $2,600 per year. The exact earning potential depends upon award limit and hours actually worked.
» What's a "bursar"?
The Bursar's Office is the office that handles your money while you're at university by collecting fees, disbursing loans, administering VOLXpress accounts, and more.
» FAFSA Code
If you're planning to take out a Federal Student Loan to subsidize your education—or if you're planning to apply for grants, federal work study, or needs-based scholarships—you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. UT's code number for the FAFSA is 003530. Write it down!
Did you know that The University of Tennessee annually offers over 4,000 awards from over 1,400 scholarship accounts?
Scholarships at UT are available from many sources to undergraduate and graduate students. Over $23,000,000 in scholarship funds are awarded annually, with four-year, one-year, and renewable scholarships available. Learn more from UT Financial Aid.
» Feeling competitive? Get a head start.
UT's top scholarships and many college-level and departmental scholarships are awarded based upon the Entering Freshman Academic Scholarship Application, which must be postmarked no later than November 1 of the applicant's senior year in high school!
» Yes, Virginia, there are strings attached.
Federal, State, and University regulations require that financial aid recipients show satisfactory academic progress toward their degree objective. Check the SAP requirements here.
» We have HOPE.
Virtually all in-state students who are admitted to UT are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. You can read more about the HOPE, Promise, and Pledge scholarships on the Financial Aid website.
» Visit the Financial Aid website.
» Affording Study Abroad
Want to study abroad but don't have change to spare? You can receive financial aid for Study Abroad programs. Check the guidelines here.
» Work Study
Working it off? Federal Work Study participants can work up to 20 hours per week during regular class sessions to help pay for their education.