To be eligible for summer aid, you must complete the FAFSA.
The 2020–21 FAFSA is the current financial aid application that must be completed for the summer 2021 semester. If you received aid during fall 2020/spring 2021, you already have a FAFSA on file for summer.
UT’s federal school code is 003530.
Viewing Your Eligibility
Once the FAFSA is complete and you have registered for classes, your financial aid eligibility for summer will be processed and viewable in MyUTK within two weeks.
For 2021: Your registration must be complete by May 17 and your summer loans accepted in MyUTK by May 24 to ensure processing by the payment due date.
Frequently Asked Questions
You must meet these requirements to receive financial aid for summer school, including the HOPE Scholarship:
You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to receive most forms of financial aid. Law students must be enrolled in three hours and graduate nursing students must be enrolled in 5 hours to be eligible for aid. Students who are determined to have summer Pell Grant eligibility can receive the grant if registered for at least one credit hour.
All students will be evaluated for Pell eligibility after they register for summer courses. If you were enrolled for full-time in fall and spring, you must be enrolled for 6 credit hours to be eligible for Summer Pell Grant. If you were a part-time student during the academic year, you may have eligibility for summer Pell Grant if enrolling in at least 1 credit hour. Students who transferred to UT will be evaluated based on their enrollment and Pell Grant awards received at their previous institutions. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact One Stop.
See our page on the HOPE Scholarship for summer.
If you want to take classes somewhere other than UT, please view One Stop’s information about consortium agreements.
Students who are going on a study abroad program need to complete the Study Abroad Summer Request form. Here is more information on the Study Abroad program and the summer form.
Full-time enrollment in the summer is considered 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students. The number of credit hours from all sessions is combined to determine your enrollment status. Mini-term, first, full, and second session are considered in determining your status.
It is easy to cancel your summer aid. If you decide not to attend the summer term use your UT email address to email OneStop before the first day of class to cancel your summer aid. If you are already enrolled for summer, you must drop all courses in MyUTK prior to the first day of class to avoid charges on your account.
Any change in enrollment status can affect your aid for summer. Speak with a One Stop counselor before dropping any courses. If you drop courses after the first day of full/first session, you could be responsible for repaying financial aid to UT. You could also permanently lose the HOPE Scholarship. Once classes begin, HOPE Scholarship recipients should not drop courses or they may forfeit future HOPE eligibility.
Students who already have a bachelor’s degree may qualify for limited types of student loans. Nondegree students who are taking prerequisite courses to be admitted to a degree program at the University of Tennessee may be eligible for student loans, however a NonDegree Eligibility Appeal (found on the One Stop forms page) is required to determine eligibility.
UT Consortium Agreements
If you are taking classes at another institution in the summer, read about consortium agreement requirements to find out if you are eligible to receive financial aid to help cover those costs.