These scholarships are offered to admitted freshmen with a family income of up to $40,000, which equates to approximately 200% of the federal poverty level. Family Income combines parent and student Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) plus untaxed income, such as alimony, child support, social security income, and other forms of untaxed income reported on the FAFSA. Please note: Additional family resources, including assets, will also be considered when determining eligibility for the Pledge Scholarship.
The scholarship, when combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, will cover a student’s direct costs—tuition, fees, and an average for on-campus room and board, as determined by UT—without the use of student loans. This scholarship is a four-year award. A fifth year is available for students who initially enroll and maintain enrollment in the Architectural degree program.
Students majoring in architecture, business, engineering, and nursing are responsible for college specific course fees, which are not covered by the Pledge Scholarship.
To be eligible for the Tennessee Pledge Scholarship, you must submit all application materials by the regular application deadline of December 15. Late applicants will not be considered.
- Application deadline: Admission application must be submitted by the December 15 deadline
- Family income of $40,000 or less
- Tennessee resident
- Matriculate for fall semester immediately following graduation from a Tennessee high school
- Submit FAFSA by February 15 prior to enrollment (no scholarship application required)
- Award is based on all offered gift aid, including the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by February 15
- Annual family income of $40,000 or less
- Maintain 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Maintain required minimum eligibility for all awarded institutional, federal and state funds
The UT administration believes that accessibility to an education at Tennessee’s flagship land-grant university should be available to all citizens of the state. We offer need-based scholarships to qualified members of the fall entering freshman class who are Tennessee residents and graduate from a Tennessee high school.
The Promise Scholarship, when combined with the HOPE and other university scholarships, will provide funds to assist with tuition and fees for up to four years (eight semesters) on the Knoxville campus.
Although no scholarship application is required for this award, the following must be satisfied to qualify:
- Apply for admission as a first-time, first-year entering freshman by December 1
- Tennessee resident
- Graduate from a Tennessee Promise high school (listed below)
- Submit FAFSA prior to February 15
- Enroll as a full-time student
Eligible Tennessee High Schools
|Antioch High School||Antioch|
|Austin-East High / Magnet||Knoxville|
|B T Washington High School||Memphis|
|Brainerd High School||Chattanooga|
|Carver High School||Memphis|
|Central High School||Memphis|
|East High School||Memphis|
|East Ridge High School||Chattanooga|
|Fairley High School||Memphis|
|Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School||Somerville|
|Frayser Middle/ High School||Memphis|
|Fulton High School||Knoxville|
|Glencliff Comp High School||Nashville|
|Hamilton High School||Memphis|
|Howard School Of Academics Technology||Chattanooga|
|Kingsbury Middle/ High School||Memphis|
|Kirby High School||Memphis|
|Manassas High School||Memphis|
|Maplewood Comp High School||Nashville|
|Melrose High School||Memphis|
|Mitchell Middle/ High School||Memphis|
|Northside High School||Memphis|
|Oakhaven Middle/ High School||Memphis|
|Pearl Cohn Magnet High School||Nashville|
|Raleigh Egypt High School||Memphis|
|Sheffield High School||Memphis|
|Stratford STEM Magnet High School||Nashville|
|Trezevant High School||Memphis|
|Westwood Middle/ High School||Memphis|
|Whites Creek Comp High School||Whites Creek|
|Wooddale High School||Memphis|
The UT Promise Scholarship program is the only one of its kind in the state. Any new first-year student who is admitted and enrolls at UT from one of the eligible high schools will receive the Promise Scholarship.
Retain Your Scholarship
Find out the requirements to retain your Pledge or Promise Scholarship after it is initially awarded to you.