Tuition and Fees

Amounts by Term

Fall 2015–Spring 2016 In-State Total
(per semester)
Out-of-State Total
(per semester)
Undergraduate Students
      Admitted before fall 2013 $5,393 $14,603
      Admitted fall 2013, spring 2014, or summer 2014 $6,067 $15,277
      Admitted fall 2014 and afterward
$6,218 $15,428
Graduate Students
      All admissions $6,178 $15,387
Law Students
      Admitted before fall 2013 $9,503 $18,840
      Admitted fall 2013 and afterward
$9,628 $18,965
Veterinary Medicine Students
      All admissions $13,675 $27,690
Mini-Term 2016
Undergraduate Students
      Admitted before fall 2013
      Admitted fall 2013
      Admitted fall 2014 and fall 2015
Graduate Students
      All admissions
Summer 2016
Undergraduate Students
      Admitted before fall 2013
      Admitted fall 2013
      Admitted fall 2014 and fall 2015
Graduate Students
      All admissions
Law Students
      All admissions
Veterinary Medicine Students
      All admissions

Mandatory Fees

Student Programs and Services Fee: If you’re enrolled for fewer than nine semester hours with a minimum of three hours, you may elect to add the $99 Student Health Fee. If you’re taking six, seven, or eight hours, you may elect to pay the full Student Programs and Services Fee of $449, which includes the $99 Health Fee. All students enrolled for nine or more hours are required to pay this fee.

This is the in-state portion of tuition that is charged to all in-state and out-of-state students who attend UT. The fee is calculated based on the number of hours you’re enrolled, up to a maximum full-time charge.

This fee is for all students enrolled in credit and audit courses. It helps provide upgraded classroom facilities, expand information technology in the classroom, and fund campus infrastructure improvements.

  • Full-time, in-state students – $195 per semester
  • Full-time, out-of-state students – $310 per semester
  • The fee is pro-rated for part-time students.

This $30 fee is for all students (excluding those studying veterinary medicine) who are enrolled in credit and audit courses. It’s used to fund student services, the acquisition of books and electronic resources, and other services and upgrades.

This fee helps pay for costs at several facilities including the Aquatics Center, Student Health Service, TRECS, and the Student Union, as well as student activities, publications, and the Student Government Association. The fee is assessed in two parts called Primary and Health. You’ve paid the full fee with a combined payment of $449. On the first day of classes, this fee becomes non-refundable. More information about the Student Programs and Services Fee is posted here.

  • Primary – This fee is $39 per hour, with a maximum of $350. If you’re enrolled in between six and nine semester hours, you can choose to add the difference between the amount of the fee you already paid and $350.
  • Health – If you’re registered for nine or more hours, you have to pay the $99 portion of this fee. If you’re enrolled for between three and nine semester hours, you can choose to add the $99. Use of the Student Health Center is limited to students who have paid this portion of the fee.

Students who wish to purchase tickets to athletic events are required to pay the maximum Primary Fee and the Health Fee.

This fee is what all out-of-state students pay in addition to the Maintenance Fee.

This $10 per-semester fee is charged to all undergraduates. It goes toward study abroad approved through UT Knoxville. You can find more information on the Programs Abroad Office website.

This $14 per-credit-hour fee ($120 maximum) is assessed each semester to every student. It helps provide improved information technology resources on campus.

This $6 per credit hour ($75 maximum) fee helps provide students with transportation around campus and helps subsidize the cost of transportation systems.

Other Fees

You may be subject to pay other fees at UT that are determined by your course of study, your student status, or your application for admission.

The Drop/Withdrawal Fees and Final/Late Registration Fees have schedules of charges that increase.

This $105 per-credit-hour course fee is for all undergraduate architecture and design courses. It helps fund operation of the fabrication laboratories; materials for experiential learning, design and fabrication; student workstations and equipment; and additional faculty and staff to accommodate growth in the college.

This $95 per-credit-hour course fee is for all undergraduate business courses (with the exception of 100, 500, and 600 level courses). It covers the added demand for business courses, helps with advising and placement such as internships, and costs such as study abroad.

UT offers a Deferred Payment Plan as an option for paying your tuition and fees. Information on how the plan works, enrolling, and avoiding the late fee is posted in our section on affording UT.

Distance education students are assessed the per hour rate of: maintenance, tuition (if out-of-state), the Library Fee, any applicable course fee, and the Distance Education Fee of $46 per credit hour. The Distance Education Fee is used to support the technology needed to deliver online courses to distance education students, as well as the creation of new courses and course material for future programs.

If you decrease the number of hours you’re taking, it may change the amount you owe and affect your financial aid.
Check the Schedule by Term

This $62 per-semester-hour course fee is assessed for all engineering courses.

These fees are assessed to all students enrolled in a fall or spring term who do not priority register for the upcoming term.
Check the Schedule by Term

This $30 non-refundable fee is due for students who are re-applying after an absence of at least one term.

This $60 non-refundable fee due for prospective graduate students is due with each first-time admissions application.

UT charges a non-refundable graduation application fee each term for each graduate degree application submitted. The amounts are:

  • $30 master’s degree
  • $45 specialist in education degree
  • $75 doctoral degree

Contracted amounts for on-campus housing are billed through student accounts. Rates vary depending on the type of room. For more information, you can e-mail or call 865-974-3411.

This $35 fee will be added to your student account if your minimum payment isn’t received by the due date. This doesn’t include beginning of term registration statements that will cause your schedule to be cancelled if you don’t meet the minimum payment. Late payment fees are exclusive of all other charges. They’re due when they’re assessed, even if you don’t look at your account statement. Accounts are also subject to a $45 late fee if there’s an account balance at mid-semester. It’s assessed in addition to your unpaid fees and charges. Your account balance must be paid so you can register for classes, get a transcript, or receive your grades or a diploma.

All law school students pay an additional per semester charge of $625 for fall and spring.

This $125 per semester fee is for Law School students admitted fall 2013, fall 2014, or fall 2015. It supplements the declining collections budget for databases and books; provides support for improving patron services and library infrastructure; and provides support to upgrade the facility.

This fee is charged to all living and learning community members to cover the cost of most events. The one-time, advance payment eliminates your need to buy a ticket for each event, although you may have to pay a portion of the cost for larger events. If you have questions, e-mail University Housing or call 865-974-2571.

These options are available through UT Campus Dining. You can find out the costs and choices online or by calling 865-974-4111.

For international students, this is a 14% tax on your financial assistance. The allowable charges, a book allowance, and a tax allowance are deducted from the total assistance you receive. Any excess is subject to the 14% tax, and it’s payable by the student. The tax is calculated approximately one month into the term. It’s reviewed and adjusted, if necessary, at the end of the semester. The tax assessments are submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

All nursing courses have additional fees attached. These fees vary by course and by program and cover costs associated with clinical experiences and placements; clinical lab supplies and equipment; advising and admissions; and more. Please contact the College of Nursing for additional information regarding these required fees.

These fees are $5 per credit hour for undergraduate students and $7 per credit hour for graduate students.

Students are responsible for charges and fees paid by a third party. Non-Person Entity (NPE) accounts, which include government sponsored agencies and private organizations, are automatically assessed a $30 fee at their authorization. Late authorizations and payments are subject to late payment fees, as well as schedule cancellation policies and procedures.

UT charges $10 for each copy of your official transcript. Information on placing orders is posted here.

This $50 non-refundable fee for prospective undergraduate students is due with each first-time admissions application.

This $175 fee is per-semester for all students enrolled in the Volunteer Bridge Program, a UT living and learning community. It helps students with additional academic support and funding for their first-year experience.

Understanding Fees

You must pay all fees and charges so you can register for classes, receive a transcript, or get your grades or diploma. Part-time students pay tuition and/or maintenance fees at the semester hour rate, with the total not to exceed the maximum amount indicated. The minimum charge is equivalent to one hour at the semester hour rate.

UT departments may authorize payment of some charges and fees for eligible students. Authorized amounts will be deducted from department accounts after the term starts. Additional per-credit-hour fees are assessed for students taking courses in architecture and design, business, engineering, law, and nursing. The amount is added to your student account when you register. The department that’s involved determines if you receive a refund.

Some departments and colleges charge a Special Course Fee.

Fees for audited courses are the same as those taken for credit.

All fees are subject to any changes approved by the Board of Trustees prior to the beginning of a term.

If you think you have a charge or fee that’s incorrect, contact the associated department. If you have questions about third party payments or authorizations, contact a One Stop counselor.