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. This is done through agreements among the states and the schools. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available.
Discounts and Waivers to Attend UT
You may also 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% time receive some tuition and/or maintenance waivers.
The academic departments authorize these positions. You can contact the department for application information.
If you have a permanent total disability, you may audit courses at UT without paying fees. Contact Student Disability Services for 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.
The Tennessee Board of Regents provides information about discounts for its employees, and their spouses, and dependents.
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.
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.