The first step to apply for scholarships (including HOPE) is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The priority deadline is January 15. UT’s federal school code is 003530.
Many of UT’s colleges and academic departments offer scholarships. Some are awarded to entering freshmen, but most are awarded to enrolled students who have met academic requirements in their majors.
To be considered for freshman competitive scholarships, applicants must submit your admissions application by the November 1 priority deadline. Admitted students will be emailed a link to complete the freshman scholarship application. The deadline to apply is December 15.
Application information will be forwarded to colleges to which students have applied. Awards are typically made in mid to late spring.
Some UT colleges have information posted on the scholarships they offer. Check with your college or department about other scholarship opportunities.
Other Scholarship Sources and Information
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The National Student Loan Data System is the US Department of Education’s central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.
Tax Information for Students (IRS)
Includes information about the new American Opportunity Credit and other potential tax benefits of pursuing higher education.
College Pays TN
Information about financing your college education in the state of Tennessee, including information on the HOPE Scholarship.
Private scholarships of $500 or more are split equally between the fall and spring semesters, unless the donor allows UT to change this. Written notification from the donor is necessary if you want to apply the entire amount to one semester. If you withdraw during the term, it is your responsibility to contact the donor.
Scholarship checks made payable to both the University of Tennessee and the student must be endorsed by the student first. Scholarships from external sources can be dropped off in person at One Stop or they may be sent to UT Bursar’s office. Their mailing address is 211 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996.