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New UT Promise Program

On March 14, 2019, UT System Interim President Randy Boyd announced the creation of UT Promise, a financial aid program that will provide free tuition and fees to qualifying Tennessee residents enrolling at UT system campuses located in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin. This announcement furthers our commitment to making higher education more accessible to Tennessee residents, a key component of our land-grant mission. Please refer to the bullet points below for specifics regarding this new opportunity.

Program Details

  • UT Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program that will guarantee free tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students with a family household income of under $50,000 and after other financial aid is received (such as Pell Grants, HOPE Scholarship, or other institutional scholarships). UT Promise will go into effect in Fall 2020.
  • Students must be Tennessee residents with a family household income of under $50,000 to qualify as determined by the FAFSA for the qualifying academic year.
  • Students must qualify for the HOPE Scholarship and meet the academic qualifications for the institution.
  • This scholarship will be available for:
    • Transfer students
    • Currently enrolled UT students
  • UT Promise recipients will be matched with a volunteer mentor and will be required to complete 4 hours of service each semester.
Please note: Additional criteria and clarification will be added to this site as we receive further updates from the UT System Office. 


The UT Promise program is a new and additional scholarship, not a replacement of current UT Knoxville scholarship programs. UT Knoxville’s UT Pledge scholarship will still be awarded to qualified students who have a family income of $40,000 or less–covering tuition and fees along with room and board.

Existing UT Knoxville Promise Scholarship

UT Promise does not replace the current UT Knoxville Promise scholarship program. We are working to rename this scholarship which directly impacts students from UT Promise designated high schools in the state. We will send updates this Spring regarding program changes.



Scholarship Type









Family household income of
$40,001 – $50,000
Family household income of
< $40,000
UT Knoxville
Promise High School
  • If a student qualifies for Pledge and UT Knoxville Promise, the student’s tuition and fees and room and board will be covered under Pledge.
  • If a student qualifies for UT Promise and UT Knoxville Promise, the student’s tuition and fees will be covered.
  • These scholarships can be stacked with institutional scholarships (Volunteer) and other scholarships (HOPE) up to mandatory tuition/fees.