How to Apply for Financial Aid
Your first step to apply for grants, federal work study, need-based scholarships, and student loans is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Then UT will determine your eligibility. The annual priority deadline is February 15.
You must complete and submit the FAFSA to qualify for federal student aid.
UT’s federal school code is 003530.
You may begin filling out the FAFSA, save it online, and return to it later.
Questions such as “Am I considered an independent student?” are addressed in the HELP section of the FAFSA website.
If you receive enough financial aid to cover your charges, you’re not eligible for the Deferred Payment Plan.
You aren’t required to have an FSA ID to complete and submit a FAFSA on the Web application, but it’s the fastest way to sign your application and have it processed. It’s also the only way to access or correct your information online, or to pre-fill a FAFSA on the Web application with information from your previous year’s FAFSA. Create an FSA ID.
Types of Financial Aid
The funds may come from the federal government, the state of Tennessee, or even a combination. There’s also guidance for you to seek private scholarships and other awards.
If you need information about the requirements for keeping your financial aid, we have that, too.
Find out how your academic achievements and participation in teaching or research can make you eligible for funding that helps you earn an advanced degree at UT.
Looking for the Net Price Calculator?
Before applying for financial aid, you’ll likely want to spend some time estimating the costs of attending UT.
These costs will vary by your program and level. Visit our Cost Estimates page to learn more.
What Affects Your Costs?
Here are some of the contributing factors:
- The UT Board of Trustees sets official tuition and fee rates in June each year. New rates take effect each fall.
- The UT administration submits tuition and fee recommendations to the board as part of the budgeting process.
- Additional per credit hour fees may be assessed depending on what you’re studying. For instance, courses in business, engineering, and nursing have added fees.
Indirect costs also vary depending on your housing status.
Checking Your Status
You can log into MyUTK look under My Financials, and select see details next to Financial Aid Summary. If your aid isn’t applied to your account by the due date, you must enroll in a payment plan on MyUTK. Financial aid will not be applied to your account if you have a hold or a prior term balance.
Verification for Financial Assistance
Learn what you need to provide to comply with a Tennessee law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence if you apply for a scholarship, grant, loan, tuition or fee waiver, or other financial assistance that uses state funds.
How Aid is Applied
Excess financial aid is delivered to students after the beginning of each term. These funds are not available until your enrollment is verified and university fees and charges are credited or paid.
Financial aid recipients who withdraw from UT after registration must immediately notify a One Stop counselor. Financial aid must be repaid immediately if you withdraw during the refund period.
Financial aid checks are not disbursed to any person other than the payee.
How to Keep Your Financial Aid
Find out about the requirements you need to meet to keep receiving your financial aid.
The Fine Print
To receive financial aid, all students must meet the following requirements:
- Be admitted into a degree-seeking program of study (Students in certificate programs may qualify for some types of aid.)
- Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours each semester (Federal Pell Grant awards may be awarded for less than six hours of enrollment.)
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Be a citizen of the United States or eligible non-citizen
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- Register with Selective Service (males only)
- Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment from a federal grant overpayment
Additional Terms and Conditions that May Apply
- All awards are subject to change pending the availability of federal, state, and institutional funding and regulatory verification.
- Aid offers not accepted within 21 days are subject to cancellation.
- Cancelled aid awards will only be reinstated pending the availability of funds.
- Offered aid is based upon full-time enrollment (Undergraduate – 12 hours, Graduate – nine hours).
- The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship or HOPE Scholarship program is administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). TSAC determines student eligibility for the program based on the federal packaging criteria, which requires institutions to take into account all resources of assistance. HOPE recipients are responsible for being aware of all guidelines and information governing the program.
- Students who already have a degree may qualify for limited types of student loans.
- Aid will not be disbursed to students selected for participation in the Quality Assurance Verification Program until all document requirements are satisfied.
- Students with federal or state drug convictions that occurred while receiving aid may be ineligible for financial aid.