Discounts & Waivers

Discounts and Waivers to Attend UT

You may be able to take advantage of discounts and waivers available through UT and the state of Tennessee. Employee fee waivers depend on your pay status on the first day of classes each term.

Check out our video for a quick overview of the different discounts and waivers available for students!

Select a category to learn more:

Employees of Private Employers

If you work for a private employer, you may be eligible for discounted tuition or reimbursement. Please contact your employer’s Human Resources office for more information.

Graduate Student Positions at UT

Students, assistants and associates in graduate positions who are employed at least 25% time at the University receive some tuition and/or maintenance waivers. Check the list below to see if you qualify:

  • Graduate assistants
  • Graduate research assistants
  • Graduate teaching assistants
  • Graduate teaching associates

Individual academic departments authorize these positions. Contact the department for application information.

Students with Permanent Total Disabilities

Students with permanent total disabilities may take UT courses at a reduced rate. Please contact Student Disability Services for more information.

UT Employees, Spouses and Children

Human Resources provides information about eligibility for full-time and part-time employees, along with their spouses and dependent children.

Employees must receive approval from their department head to take classes during normal working hours.

Some departments charge a Special Course Fee (for example: engineering, nursing, business, chemistry, physical education, music, art, etc.). Course fees are not covered by the staff fee waiver.

UT Employee

Spouse or Dependent Child

Tennessee Board of Regents Employees, Spouses and Children

The Tennessee Board of Regents provides information about discounts for its employees, their spouses, and dependents.

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Children of Educators and Children of State of Tennessee Employees

The State of Tennessee provides information about discounts for children of licensed public school teachers and children of state employees.

  • Fall forms should be signed and submitted no earlier than June 1.
  • Spring forms should be signed and submitted no earlier than October 1.
  • Mini-term and summer forms should be signed and submitted no earlier than March 1.

Please note: forms must be submitted prior to or on the last day of instruction for each term.

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Children and Spouses of Military Members

This waiver applies to every dependent child in Tennessee under age 23 whose parent(s) served in the US military during an armed conflict and to spouses of veterans who meet the below conditions. You may be entitled to a waiver of tuition, maintenance fees, student activity fees, and required registration or other fees from any higher education institution operated by the State of Tennessee if you have a parent or spouse who:

  • Was killed
  • Died due to injuries
  • Was officially reported as a prisoner of war or missing in action
  • Is (or was) a former prisoner of war or missing in action

If this applies to you, please contact our Veterans Success Center for guidance and more information about how UT supports our veterans.

You can also call the Veterans Affairs Office in Nashville, TN at 1-800-827-1000 to learn more.

Senior Citizens

Visit our Register for Classes page to get information on discounts and registration forms.

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Veterans Benefits

If you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous GI Bill programs. Explore your options and apply for benefits through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Learn about the GI Bill

Visit UT’s Veterans Success Center

Academic Common Market

UT is a member of the Academic Common Market (ACM), a program enabling out-of-state students to pursue college degrees at discounted, in-state tuition rates. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through agreements among the states and schools.

If you receive ACM rates, you are not considered eligible for additional institutional scholarships, due to the higher award amount provided by the ACM. Please contact our Admissions team with questions about Academic Common Market at UT.