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.

Our financial aid page has information on filling out and submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to start your financial aid process.

How to Complete and Submit the FAFSA

The federal government provides information on avoiding scholarship scams.

Scholarships for Different Types of Students

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.

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.

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.


November 1 – Priority Applicants

All scholarships for entering freshmen, including Chancellor’s, General and Alumni Scholarships, and UT College and Departmental Scholarships

February 1 – Continuing Students
Apply for scholarships

February 15 – Submit the FAFSA

April 1 – Transfer Students
Apply for scholarships

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