Tuition & Fees

UT’s 15-4 Tuition Model

Our 15-4 tuition model explains how UT assesses tuition and fees for students who enroll as full-time undergraduates between fall 2013 and summer 2014.

Tuition Definition

Tuition is what all out-of-state students must pay to attend UT. Maintenance fees are the in-state portion of tuition. They’re 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.

The numbers in the tables below are based on full-time enrollment, and are calculated for the entire academic year (fall and spring).

» Download a detailed breakdown of tuition and fee calculations for fall 2013-spring 2014.

New Tennessee (In-State) Student
Tuition & Fees for Fall 2013–Spring 2014
Tuition (Maintenance) $9,780 per year
In-State Fees $1,414 per year
 TOTAL IN-STATE TUITION & FEES  $11,194 per year
New Out-of-State Student
Tuition & Fees for Fall 2013–Spring 2014
Tuition (Maintenance) $9,780 per year
Tuition $18,190 per year
TOTAL OUT-OF-STATE TUITION $27,970 per year
Out-of-State Fees $1,714 per year
 TOTAL OUT-OF-STATE TUITION & FEES $29,684 per year
Returning Tennessee (In-State) Student
Tuition & Fees for Fall 2013–Spring 2014
Tuition (Maintenance) $8,270 per year
 In-state Fees $1,414 per year
 TOTAL IN-STATE TUITION & FEES $9,684 per year
Returning Out-of-State Student
Tuition & Fees for Fall 2013–Spring 2014
Tuition (Maintenance) $8,270 per year
Tuition $18,190 per year
TOTAL OUT-OF-STATE TUITION $26,460 per year
 Out-of-state Fees $1,714 per year
 TOTAL OUT-OF-STATE TUITION & FEES $28,174 per year

The out-of-state total is calculated by adding the following fees: Maintenance, Programs & Services, Health, Library, Study Abroad, Technology, Transportation, Out-of-State Facilities and Out-of State Tuition.

If you’re a part-time student, you pay tuition and/or maintenance fees at the semester hour rate, with the total not to exceed the maximum amount indicated above. The minimum charge is equivalent to one hour at the semester hour rate.

Fees and Charges

Fees are the same for both new and returning students in fall 2013. You must pay all fees and charges so you can register for classes, receive a transcript, or get your grades or diploma. If you register for less than a full course load, UT will charge fees at the semester hour rate. You must pay additional fees immediately if you add classes.

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 business administration, engineering, and nursing. The amount is added to your VOLXpress student account when you register. The department that’s involved determines if you receive a refund.

Some departments charge a Special Course Fee. Examples are: Engineering, Chemistry, Physical Education, Music, Art, Nursing, College of Business, College of Social Work, School of Architecture, etc. Please check with the department for the specific course fee.

If you’re enrolled for fewer than nine semester hours with a minimum of three hours, you may elect to add the $97.00 Student Health Fee. If you are taking six, seven, or eight hours, you may elect to pay the full Program and Services Fee of $372.00, which includes the $97.00 Health Fee. This amount is not optional if you are enrolled for nine or more hours. 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.

Please note: The Final/Late Registration Fee has a schedule of charges that increase.

Mandatory Fees at UT

This is a mandatory fee 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  - $160 per semester
  • Full-time, out-of-state students – $310 per semester
  • The fee is pro-rated for part-time students.

Learn more about the Facilities Fee.

This is a $10 mandatory fee for all students (excluding those studying law or 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 mandatory 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 and 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 $372. On the first day of classes, this fee becomes non-refundable.

  • Primary – This fee is $29 per hour, with a maximum of $255. 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 $255. In Fall 2013, this fee increases to $31 per hour, with a maximum of $275.
  • Health – If you’re registered for nine or more hours, you have to pay the $97 portion of this fee. If you’re enrolled for between three and nine semester hours, you can choose to add the $97. Use of the Student Health Center is limited to students who have paid this portion of the fee.

You have to pay the maximum Primary Fee and the Health Fee so you can purchase student tickets to athletic events. Learn more about this fee.

This $5.00 per-student, mandatory per-semester fee goes toward study abroad approved through UT Knoxville. You can find more information on the Programs Abroad Office website.

This $12 per-credit-hour fee ($100 maximum) is assessed each semester to every student. It helps provide improved information technology resources on campus.

Learn more about the Technology Fee.

Students registered for credit and audit courses are required to pay this $5.00 per hour ($60.00 maximum) fee. It 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.

A $64 per-credit-hour course fee for all undergraduate business courses at the 200 level and higher (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, and the Distance Education Fee of $46.00 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.

An additional course fee of $57 per semester hour 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.

Spring Term 2014
Final/Late Registration Period
Full Term
1st Session
2nd Session
Fee
January 8 – 14, 2014 January 8 – 14, 2014 February 27 – March 5, 2014 $20
January 15 – 22, 2014 January 15 – 22, 2014 March 6 – 12, 2014 $40
January 23 – 29, 2014 January 23 – 29, 2014 March 13 – 19, 2014 $60
January 30 – February 5, 2014 January 30 – February 5, 2014 March 20 – 26, 2014 $80
February 6, 2014 – Forward February 6, 2014 – Forward March 27, 2014 – Forward $100
Mini-term 2014
Final/Late Registration Period
Full Term
Fee
May 7 – 13, 2014 $20
May 14, 2014 $40
May 15, 2014 $60
May 16, 2014 $80
May 17, 2014 – Forward $100
Summer Term 2014
Final/Late Registration Period
Full Term
1st Session
2nd Session
Fee
May 29 – June 4, 2014 May 29 – June 4, 2014 July 3 – July 9, 2014 $20
June 5 – 11, 2014 June 5 – 11, 2014 July 10 – 16, 2014 $40
June 12 – 18, 2014 June 12 – 18, 2014 July 17 – 23, 2014 $60
June 19 – 25, 2014 June 19 – 25, 2014 July 24 – 30, 2014 $80
June 26, 2014 – Forward June 26, 2014 – Forward July 31, 2014 – Forward $100

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

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

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 VOLXpress accounts. Rates vary depending on the type of room. They’re available through the Housing Office or by calling 865-974-3411.

A $35 fee will be added to your VOLXpress 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 VOLXpress 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 must pay an additional per semester charge of $625 for fall and spring.

This is a $250 mandatory fee for Law School students. 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 Learning Communities 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 the Department of University Housing at housing@utk.edu 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 $5.00 per credit hour for undergraduate students and $7.00 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 $20 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 each to provide a copy of your official transcript to you or a third party. Information on placing orders is posted here.

A $40 non-refundable fee for prospective undergraduate students due with each first-time admissions application

This fee is mandatory for all students enrolled in the UT-PSCC Bridge Program, a UT Living and Learning Community. It helps students with additional academic support and funding for their first-year experience. The fee is $175 per semester, with students participating in the program for a total of three semesters (summer, fall, and spring).