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Tennessee Pledge and UT Promise Scholarships

Tennessee Pledge Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to admitted freshmen with a family income of up to $40,000, which equates to approximately 200% of the federal poverty level. Family Income combines parent and student Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) plus untaxed income, such as alimony, child support, social security income, and other forms of untaxed income reported on the FAFSA.

Please note: Additional family resources, including assets, will also be considered when determining eligibility for the Pledge Scholarship.

The scholarship, when combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, will cover a student’s direct costs—tuition, fees, and an average for on-campus room and board, as determined by UT—without the use of student loans. This scholarship is a four-year award. A fifth year is available for students who initially enroll and maintain enrollment in the Architectural degree program.

Students majoring in architecture, business, engineering, and nursing are responsible for college specific course fees, which are not covered by the Pledge Scholarship.

To be eligible for the Tennessee Pledge Scholarship, you must submit all application materials by the regular application deadline of December 15. Late applicants will not be considered.


  • Application deadline: Admission application must be submitted by the December 15 deadline
  • Family income of $40,000 or less
  • Tennessee resident
  • Matriculate for fall semester immediately following graduation from a Tennessee high school
  • Submit FAFSA by January 15 prior to enrollment (no scholarship application required)
  • Award is based on all offered gift aid, including the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship

Retention Requirements

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by January 15
  • Annual family income of $40,000 or less
  • Maintain 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Maintain required minimum eligibility for all awarded institutional, federal and state funds
  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment

The UT administration believes that accessibility to an education at Tennessee’s flagship land-grant university should be available to all citizens of the state. We offer need-based scholarships to qualified members of the fall entering freshman class who are Tennessee residents and graduate from a Tennessee high school.

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UT Promise Scholarship

If you are looking for information on the new UT Promise scholarship—announced by UT System Interim President Randy Boyd on March 14, 2019—please visit this page.

The information below is about the UT Knoxville Promise Scholarship, which will be renamed in the coming months.

The Promise Scholarship, when combined with the HOPE and other university scholarships, will provide funds to assist with tuition and fees for up to four years (eight semesters) on the Knoxville campus.

Although no scholarship application is required for this award, the following must be satisfied to qualify:

  • Apply for admission as a first-time, first-year entering freshman by December 15
  • Tennessee resident
  • Graduate from a Tennessee Promise high school (listed below)
  • Submit FAFSA prior to January 15
  • Enroll as a full-time student

School City
Antioch High School Antioch
Austin-East High / Magnet Knoxville
B T Washington High School Memphis
Brainerd High School Chattanooga
Carver High School Memphis
Central High School Memphis
East High School Memphis
East Ridge High School Chattanooga
Fairley High School Memphis
Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School Somerville
Frayser Middle/ High School Memphis
Fulton High School Knoxville
Glencliff Comp High School Nashville
Hamilton High School Memphis
Howard School Of Academics Technology Chattanooga
Kingsbury Middle/ High School Memphis
Kirby High School Memphis
Manassas High School Memphis
Maplewood Comp High School Nashville
Melrose High School Memphis
Mitchell Middle/ High School Memphis
Northside High School Memphis
Oakhaven Middle/ High School Memphis
Pearl Cohn Magnet High School Nashville
Raleigh Egypt High School Memphis
Sheffield High School Memphis
Stratford STEM Magnet High School Nashville
Trezevant High School Memphis
Tyner Academy Chattanooga
Westwood Middle/ High School Memphis
Whites Creek Comp High School Whites Creek
Wooddale High School Memphis

The UT Promise Scholarship program is the only one of its kind in the state. Any new first-year student who is admitted and enrolls at UT from one of the eligible high schools will receive the Promise Scholarship.

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Retain Your Scholarship

Find out the requirements to retain your Pledge or Promise Scholarship after it is initially awarded to you.