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The first step to apply for scholarships (including HOPE) is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The annual priority date is March 15, 2024.

UT’s federal school code is 003530.

Go to the FAFSA     FAFSA Help

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Scholarships from UT Colleges

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, you must submit your admissions application by the November 1 early action deadline and complete your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) by November 15. You can apply for competitive scholarships directly in the UT application.

Don’t forget that filing your FAFSA each year helps determine your eligibility for most types of aid, including some UT college-specific scholarships! The priority date for 2024 – 2025 is March 15, 2024.

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. Don’t forget that filing your FAFSA each year helps determine your eligibility for most types of aid, including some UT college-specific scholarships!

Architecture and Design

Haslam College of Business

Communication and Information (graduate)

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Other Scholarship Sources and Information

Air Force ROTC scholarships

Army Scholarship Foundation

Army Health Professions Scholarship Program

Army ROTC scholarships

GI Bill (US Department of Veterans Affairs)

eCampus Tours scholarships and grants

Ned McWherter Scholars Program

This award is $6,000 per academic year. This consists of $3,000 from the State of Tennessee and $3,000 from the University of Tennessee. Please note, however, that the money coming from UT could be made up of merit and/or need-based awards. The $3,000 would not be stacked on top of their awards.

Minority Teaching Fellows Program

US Department of Education (USDOE)

Federal Student Aid

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

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.