UT annually offers more than 4,000 awards from over 1,400 scholarship accounts to undergraduate and graduate students, with a total of $36 million awarded annually.

Apply for Financial Aid

Your first step to apply for grants, federal work study, need-based scholarships (including HOPE), and student loans is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline is February 15.

Go to the FAFSA

The federal government provides information on avoiding scholarship scams.

Scholarships from UT Colleges and Departments

Many of UT’s colleges and academic departments offer scholarships. Some are awarded to entering freshmen, but most are awarded to enrolled students who have met academic requirements in their majors.

To be considered for freshman competitive scholarships, applicants must submit their admissions application by the November 1 priority deadline. Admitted students will be emailed a link to complete the freshman scholarship application. The deadline to apply is December 1.

Application information will be forwarded to colleges to which students have applied, and awards are typically made in mid to late spring.

Some UT colleges have information posted on the scholarships they offer:

Check with your college or department about other scholarship opportunities.

Other Scholarship Sources and Information

Funding Education Beyond High School
The Guide to Federal Student Aid

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.

Tax Information for Students (IRS)
Includes information about the new American Opportunity Credit and other potential tax benefits of pursuing higher education.

TSAC – College Pays!
Information about financing your college education in the state of Tennessee, including information on the HOPE Scholarship.

Private scholarships of $500 or more are split equally between the fall and spring semesters, unless the donor allows UT to change this. Written notification from the donor is necessary if you want to apply the entire amount to one semester. If you withdraw during the term, it’s your responsibility to contact the donor.

How to Keep Your Scholarship

Find out about the requirements you need to meet to keep receiving your scholarship.

More Information

Scholarships FAQ

Federal Information on Grants and Scholarships