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Tri-Star Scholarship Program

UT is committed to providing Tennesseans with a high-quality affordable education at Tennessee’s flagship land-grant university. Our Tri-Star Scholarship program helps Tennessee residents access the Volunteer experience through three scholarships based on a student’s financial need.

UT Promise Scholarship

The UT Promise Scholarship is offered to admitted and continuing students who qualify for the HOPE Scholarship and have an annual family income of $50,000 or less.

When combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, this scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees.*

Criteria

  • Tennessee resident
  • First-time freshman student, transfer student, current UT student, or nontraditional student
  • Annual family household income of $50,000 or less (Family income combines parent and student adjusted gross income plus untaxed income such as alimony, child support, Social Security income, and other forms of untaxed income reported on the FAFSA.)
  • Recipient of the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
  • Completion of eight (8) volunteer service hours and participation in mentoring each semester

Visit the UT Promise website for information about application deadlines, specific criteria by student type, and retention requirements.

Tennessee Pledge Scholarship

The Tennessee Pledge Scholarship is offered to admitted freshmen with a family income of $40,000 or less. When combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, this four-year scholarship covers direct costs—tuition, mandatory fees*, and an average of on-campus room and board expenses.

Students majoring in architecture, business, engineering, and nursing are responsible for college specific course fees, which are not covered by the Pledge Scholarship. A fifth year of scholarship eligibility is available for students who initially enroll and maintain enrollment in the architecture degree program.

To be eligible for the Tennessee Pledge Scholarship, you must submit all application materials by December 15. Late applicants will not be considered. No separate application is required for this award. It is granted automatically to students who meet all criteria.

Criteria

  • Tennessee resident
  • First-time freshman student who enters UT in the fall semester immediately following graduation from a Tennessee high school
  • Annual family household income of $40,000 or less (Family income combines parent and student adjusted gross income plus untaxed income such as alimony, child support, Social Security income, and other forms of untaxed income reported on the FAFSA. Additional family resources, including assets, will also be considered when determining eligibility for the Pledge Scholarship.)
  • Submission of admission application by the December 15 deadline
  • Submission of the FAFSA by February 1 prior to enrollment

Retention Requirements

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

Flagship Scholarship

The Flagship Scholarship is offered to admitted freshmen who graduate from one of 32 designated Flagship high schools.

When combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, this scholarship covers a student’s tuition and mandatory fees* for up to eight (8) semesters.

No separate application is required for this award. It is granted automatically to students who meet all criteria.

Criteria

  • Tennessee resident
  • First-time freshman student who enters UT in the fall semester immediately following graduation from a designated Tennessee Flagship high school (listed below)
  • Submission of admission application by the December 15 deadline
  • Submission of the FAFSA by February 1 prior to enrollment


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

* Mandatory fees include a facilities fee, maintenance fee, library fee, student services fee, technology fee, transportation fee, etc. Mandatory fees do not include program of study fees, room and board, book costs or other postsecondary expenses. For more on fees, visit our tuition and fees page or call us at 865-974-1111.