A transformative new scholarship to help students achieve their dreams.
Launching in fall 2020, this innovative last-dollar scholarship will guarantee free tuition and fees to qualifying Tennessee residents enrolling at UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin. UT Promise is an expansion of scholarship offerings and does not replace existing scholarships.
Free tuition and fees (will be applied after all other financial aid is received) for in-state students meeting all of the following criteria:
- A family household income under $50,000
- Qualify for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
- Meet the academic qualifications of the University
Once enrolled, UT Promise recipients…
- Will be matched with volunteer mentors
- Must complete four hours of service each semester
“It is critically important that we take a lead role in ensuring students can achieve their dream of obtaining an undergraduate college degree. It is our mission and responsibility to do everything we can to ease the financial burden for our middle- and working-class families, and UT Promise is an ideal conduit to achieve that.”Randy Boyd
UT Interim President
Frequently Asked Questions
What is UT Promise?
UT Promise is a financial aid program that will provide free tuition to qualifying in-state students enrolling at University of Tennessee campuses located in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin.
How does it work?
UT Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program that will guarantee free tuition and fees for in-state students with a family household income of under $50,000 and after other financial aid is received (such as Pell Grants, HOPE Scholarship, or other institutional scholarships). Students must qualify for the Hope Scholarship and meet the academic qualifications for the institution to be eligible for this new scholarship. To help ensure success, students will be matched with volunteer mentors and will complete four hours of service each semester. UT Promise is an expansion of scholarship offerings and does not replace existing scholarships.
When will this start?
UT Promise will welcome its first class in the fall of 2020.
What if a student is enrolled at a UT campus prior to 2020?
Existing UT students who meet eligibility requirements will be eligible for the scholarship in the fall of 2020.
Will those students get a refund for previous years?
No. Students currently enrolled who meet the eligibility requirements will be eligible to receive the scholarship beginning in the fall of 2020.
How will this program be funded?
The University of Tennessee Foundation will launch the UT Promise Endowment campaign to help fund this initiative. In the interim, the University will cover the cost. Visit alumni.tennessee.edu/utpromise for more information about the UT Promise Endowment.
Will UT ask the state for money?
There are currently no plans to ask the state for funding UT Promise.
Will UT ask Tennessee Higher Education Commission to include UT Promise in Tennessee Promise?
There are currently no plans to fold UT Promise into Tennessee Promise.
Why did UT choose a household income of less than $50,000?
The UT system wants to help ensure higher education is accessible for working middle-class families. The current median family income in Tennessee is $51,340.
Can students transfer from any institution or do they have to transfer from a community college?
Qualifying Tennessee residents who meet the criteria for UT Promise can transfer from any institution.