To be eligible to receive the UT Promise scholarship, nontraditional students must qualify for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship-Nontraditional.


Tennessee HOPE Scholarship-Nontraditional

Eligible nontraditional students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for nontraditional HOPE:

  • Be at least 25 years of age and enroll at a baccalaureate program as an entering freshmen or with at least two years after last attending any postsecondary institution; OR must enroll in a baccalaureate degree program at an eligible 4-year institution while maintaining continuous enrollment following the completion of an Associate Degree as a TN Reconnect recipient
  • Must have a student and spouse’s adjusted gross income of less than $36,000 on IRS tax form
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA after 12 attempted semester hours*

    * Nontraditional students must attain the GPA requirement before they will start receiving HOPE funds. UT Promise policy requires students to be receiving HOPE funds to receive UT Promise scholarship funds. Thus, eligible nontraditional students will not be able to receive UT Promise funds until they have completed 12 hours and meet the minimum GPA requirement for nontraditional HOPE.


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



Maintaining Eligibility

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

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


If you meet the eligibility requirements for nontraditional students, you can apply by completing the Current UT Student or Transfer Student application.