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Congratulations! Someone in Your Family Wants to be a Vol!

Your son or daughter has included UT in their college search process, and we encourage you to participate with them. We have resources and information just for parents.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs provides the resources you need to stay connected and support your student’s success from orientation through graduation.


Our site’s Visit section contains information about upcoming recruitment events, our tour program, and how to sign up for a visit to campus. Parents are invited and encouraged to join students on these tours. Please keep in mind that tours fill up quickly during times when high schools are typically out of session (fall and spring breaks, summer vacation, etc.), so it’s best to register early.

University of Tennessee App

Find your way around campus anytime, stay up-to-date with the latest news and events, keep tabs on the teams, and more with our app. The Apple products version is in the iTunes app store. Android users will find it in the Google Play store. A BlackBerry version is available in BlackBerry App World.

Our site’s Apply section tells you and your student about how to apply, the types of applicants, our admission requirements, and what determines whether your student is considered in state or out of state. Be sure to note the important deadlines we have listed! If you need more information, visit our Contact page.

Our site’s Afford section gives you information regarding tuition and other costs, as well as how to offset those expenses with scholarships and other types of financial aid. Again, there are several important deadlines to note.

PLUS Loans

PLUS Loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. The US Department of Education makes Direct PLUS Loans to eligible borrowers through schools like UT that participate in the Direct Loan Program.

Here’s a quick overview of Direct PLUS Loans:

  • The US Department of Education is the lender.
  • The borrower must not have an adverse credit history.
  • Loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent.
  • The maximum loan amount is the student’s cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial aid received.

To receive a Direct PLUS loan, you (or your student) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet these requirements:

  • Be a graduate or professional degree student enrolled at least half time at an eligible school in a program leading to a degree or certificate, or be the parent (biological, adoptive, or in some cases, stepparent) of a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half-time at a participating school; AND
  • Meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid. If you are borrowing on behalf of your child, your child must also meet these requirements.

Discounts and Waivers

Your student may be eligible for discounts and waivers while attending UT, or you may be eligible to take reduced rate classes yourself. Some of the situations that apply include: whether you work for UT or another state institution, if you’re a Tennessee educator or state employee, or if you served in the military. Employee fee waivers are contingent on your pay status on the first day of classes each term.

Deferred Payment Plan

The Deferred Payment Plan is available to students in good financial standing, meaning you have a balance of $50 or greater. The DPP allows students to pay 50 percent of the total term charges, plus a $30 service charge by each term’s due date. Students who don’t pay 100 percent of their charges by the due date are required to enroll in the DPP. After the first installment of 50 percent, half of the remaining balance is due approximately 45 days later, and the final balance is due approximately fifteen days later. There’s a $35 late fee if you don’t pay the installments on time, even if you don’t receive a reminder statement. If you’re not eligible for the DPP, you must pay 100% of the total term charges by the due date so your schedule isn’t canceled.

Our Experience section gives you information about what it means to be a Vol, our residence halls, dining facilities, meal plans, student organizations, campus events and traditions, and even special campus programs including diversity, sustainability, and community service.

UT governs the distribution of student information based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (or FERPA). It’s also known as the Buckley Amendment. FERPA established the requirements that govern the privacy of student educational records in regard to their release and access.

Students are notified of their FERPA rights and the procedures for limiting disclosure of directory information in Hilltopics, at orientation for new students, and in annual e-mails from the university administration. Visit UT’s FERPA website for more information, including a tutorial, forms, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Parents and UT students may be eligible for education-related tax benefits. The American Opportunity (Hope Credit extended) and the Lifetime Learning Credit are education credits you can subtract in full from federal income tax, not just deduct from taxable income. Information from the IRS is posted here.

UT Knoxville is committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone on campus. There are numerous resources that enhance campus safety. The UT Police Department is dual-accredited and has more than fifty uniformed officers.