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Financial Aid & Scholarships

College is a big investment, and we are ready to invest in your future!

More than 80 percent of our students receive financial aid and scholarships from federal, state, and private sources.

Types of Financial Aid

There are a number of different types of financial aid available to transfer students, including:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Work study
  • Loans

Some forms of aid, like loans, must be paid back. Others, like scholarships and grants, do not have to be paid back. Funds may come from the federal government, the state of Tennessee, or private sources.

The One Stop website has detailed information about financial aid, scholarships, and other financing opportunities available for students transferring to UT.

Complete the FAFSA

Your first step to apply for grants, federal work study, need-based scholarships, and student loans is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Then UT will determine your eligibility.

UT’s code number is 003530.

Tennessee residents are encouraged to submit the FAFSA application by February 15. This is UT’s priority deadline for several forms of need-based assistance.

Scholarships

Several merit and need-based scholarships are available to incoming transfer students.

The HOPE Scholarship, also known as the Lottery Scholarship, is funded by the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) Program. It is available only to Tennessee residents.

To receive TELS funding, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Transfer students must have an official academic transcript sent to UT from all prior institutions, including the most recent semester you attended. Generally this delays payment of TELS awards during the first semester at UT, especially for mid-year transfer students.

Visit the One Stop website for more information about the HOPE Scholarship.

The Pledge Scholarship is a two-year (four-semester) award for Tennessee residents who meet the Tennessee Pledge financial need requirements.

Students must graduate from a Tennessee high school, enroll in an in-state community college immediately afterward, and then transfer directly to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with the qualifying credentials.

When combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, this scholarship will assist with a student’s direct costs without the use of student loans.

Submit the FAFSA by February 15.

The UT Promise Scholarship is a two-year (four-semester) award for Tennessee residents who graduate from a UT-designated Promise High School.

Students must graduate from a UT-designated Promise High School, enroll in an in-state community college immediately afterward, earn an AA or AS degree, and then transfer directly to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with the qualifying credentials.

When combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, this scholarship will assist with tuition and fees.

Submit the FAFSA by February 15.

The Volunteer Transfer Scholarship is awarded for up to two years (four semesters) to students with at least a 3.25 UT calculated GPA who have received an associate’s degree from a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) community college within three years of high school graduation.

Scholarships will be awarded to incoming eligible students beginning in the fall 2017 semester and any entry term thereafter. You must enroll at UT the fall or spring subsequent completion of your community college degree. Previous enrollment in a four-year institution forfeits eligibility. You must be a US citizen or permanent resident to be considered.

UT calculated GPA Annual Amount

(up to two years/four semesters)

3.25-3.49 $1,500
3.50-3.74 $3,000
3.75+ $5,000

In order to keep the Volunteer Transfer Scholarship, you are required to maintain a 3.0 UT cumulative GPA, federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and maintain continuous full-time enrollment throughout each fall and spring semester.

Twenty-five annual scholarships are available for Phi Theta Kappa members who will graduate with an AS or AA degree or have completed 60 hours of earned transferable credit.

You must apply for admission by April 1 to be eligible for this scholarship.

One Stop Student Services

One Stop is your source for information about scholarships, financial aid, tuition and fees, student accounts, registration, and records. Contact a One Stop counselor at 865-974-1111 or onestop@utk.edu for information about scholarships and other financing opportunities available for students transferring to UT.

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