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Discounts and Waivers

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Academic Common Market

UT is a member of the Academic Common Market, which enables 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.

Recipients of the Academic Common Market are not eligible for additional institutional scholarships due to the higher award amount already provided by the Academic Common Market. If you have questions regarding Academic Common Market at the University of Tennessee, please contact

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Veterans Benefits

Veterans may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous GI Bill programs.

Explore your options, apply for benefits, etc. through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Learn about the GI Bill

Visit UT’s Veteran Student Services

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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 are contingent on your pay status on the first day of classes each term.

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.

Select a category to learn about the requirements or get a submission form:

Graduate positions including: graduate assistants, graduate research assistants, graduate teaching assistants, and graduate teaching associates who are employed at least 25 percent time receive some tuition and/or maintenance waivers.

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

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

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

Employees must get your department head’s approval 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.

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Spouse or Dependent Child

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

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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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This waiver applies to every dependent child in Tennessee under age 23 whose parent(s) served in the US military during an armed conflict. If you have a parent 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

Then you are entitled to a waiver of tuition, maintenance fees, student activity fees, and required registration or other fees. The waiver allows you to be admitted free to any higher education institution Tennessee operates.

This waiver also applies to spouses of veterans who meet these conditions.

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