To be eligible to receive the UT Promise scholarship, first-time freshmen must have a family household income under $50,000/year and qualify for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship.


Family household income

Family household income is defined as “the accurate, verifiable total combined amount of parent and student adjusted gross income and untaxed income of less than $50,000, AND a total maximum asset amount of less than $75,000, as defined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).”

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Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

Eligible first-time freshmen must qualify for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship by meeting the following criteria:

  • Graduate from a TN eligible high school
  • Enroll within 16 months of high school graduation
  • One of the following: Minimum 21 ACT; or minimum 1060 SAT; or Overall minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Home school graduates- minimum 21 ACT
  • GED recipients- minimum 21 ACT; minimum average Revised GED score is 170
  • HiSet recipients- minimum 21 ACT; minimum average HiSet score is 15

Visit the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship page for more information on Tennessee HOPE eligibility.



Maintaining Eligibility

To maintain UT Promise eligibility, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time, continuously enrolled student
  • Maintain the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
  • Complete the FAFSA annually
  • Complete 8 volunteer service hours each semester
  • Complete mentoring requirements each semester


If you meet the eligibility requirements for first-time freshmen, Apply Now!