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.
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 scholarships, applicants only need to complete and submit the scholarship part of the undergraduate application or the entire Common Application, which contains UT’s scholarship question, by the November 1 early-action deadline. 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:
Many departments within UT colleges offer scholarships. For more information, look up the department within your college of interest.
Architecture and Design
Arts & Sciences
Communication & Information
Education, Health & Human Services
Other Scholarship Sources and Information
- Air Force ROTC scholarships
- Army Scholarship Foundation
- Army Health Professions Scholarship Program
- Army ROTC scholarships
- GI Bill (US Department of Veterans Affairs)
- CableTV.com $1,000 Scholarship
- eCampus Tours scholarships and grants
- Ned McWherter Scholars Program
- Minority Teaching Fellows Program
- Visine Students with Vision Scholarship
- US Department of Education (USDOE)
- Student Aid on the Web (Federal Student Aid)
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.
Students with Private Donor Scholarships – 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.