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Tuition and Fees in Detail

Most Recent Costs

Fall 2018 + Spring 2019 (combined)
In-State Total Out-of-State Total
Undergraduates (pdf) $13,006 $31,426
Graduate Students (pdf) $13,120 $31,538
Law (pdf) $19,674 $38,348
Law Flexible Schedule (pdf) $15,594 $29,648
Veterinary Medicine (pdf) $29,310 $56,576

Note: Downloadable PDFs also show costs per credit hour, per semester. Housing and dining costs are not included.

Online Program 2018 + 2019 (combined)
In-State Total Out-of-State Total
Undergraduates (pdf) $12,524 $14,324
Graduate Students (pdf) $12,322 $13,672
Mini-Term 2019
Undergraduates (pdf)
Undergraduates Online Program (pdf)
Graduate Students (pdf)
Graduate Students Online Program (pdf)
Summer 2019
Undergraduates admitted fall 2014 or later (pdf)
Undergraduates Online Program (pdf)
Graduate Students (pdf)
Graduate Students Online Program (pdf)
Law (pdf)
Veterinary Medicine (pdf)

Students enrolled in Distance Education programs (aka fully online programs), pay fewer fees than students enrolled in on-campus programs/classes. Because of this reduction in fees, students enrolled in these programs do not qualify for these services: University Housing, Student Health Center access, student health insurance, Student Counseling Center access, RecSports access (e.g., Aquatics Center, TRECS), student tickets to athletic events, and commuter parking. Distance Education students do not have an option to pay the Student Programs and Services Fee.

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Learn how in-state and out-of-state student costs differ.

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You must pay all fees and charges so you can register for classes, receive a transcript, or get your grades or diploma.

Understanding Fees

Part-time students pay tuition and/or maintenance fees at the semester-hour rate, with the total not to exceed the maximum amount indicated. The minimum charge is equivalent to 1 hour at the semester-hour rate.

UT departments may authorize payment of some charges and fees for eligible students. Authorized amounts will be deducted from department accounts after the term starts. Additional per-credit-hour fees are assessed for students taking courses in architecture and design, business, engineering, law, and nursing. The amount is added to your student account when you register. The department that is involved determines if you receive a refund.

Some departments and colleges charge a Special Course Fee.

Fees for audited courses are the same as those taken for credit.

All fees are subject to any changes approved by the Board of Trustees prior to the beginning of a term.

If you think you have a charge or fee that is not correct, contact the associated department. If you have questions about third-party payments or authorizations, contact a One Stop counselor.

Fees in Detail

All students are required to pay mandatory fees.

Maintenance Fee

This is the in-state portion of tuition that is charged to all in-state and out-of-state students who attend UT. The fee is calculated based on the number of hours you are enrolled, up to a maximum full-time charge.

Tuition (out-of-state only)

This fee is what all out-of-state students pay in addition to the Maintenance Fee.

Facilities Fee

This fee is for all students enrolled in credit and audit courses. It helps provide upgraded classroom facilities, expand information technology in the classroom, and fund campus beautification and infrastructure improvements.

  • Full-time, in-state students—$202 per semester
  • Full-time, out-of-state students—$317 per semester
  • The fee is pro-rated for part-time students.

Library Fee

This $35 fee is for all students, excluding those studying veterinary medicine or law (which has a separate Law Students Library Fee), who are enrolled in credit and audit courses. It is used to fund student services, the acquisition of books and electronic resources, and other services and upgrades.

Student Programs and Services Fee

If you are enrolled for fewer than 9 semester hours with a minimum of 3 hours, you may elect to add the $101 Student Health Fee.

If you are taking 6, 7, or 8 hours, you may elect to pay the full Student Programs and Services Fee of $506, which includes the $101 Health Fee.

All students enrolled for 9 or more hours are required to pay this fee.

This fee helps pay for costs at several facilities including the Aquatics Center, Student Health Service, TRECS, and the Student Union, as well as student activities, publications, and the Student Government Association. The fee is assessed in two parts called Primary and Health. You have paid the full fee with a combined payment of $506. On the first day of classes, this fee becomes nonrefundable. Students who wish to purchase tickets to athletic events are required to pay the maximum Primary Fee and the Health Fee.

  • Primary—This fee is $45 per hour, with a maximum of $405. If you are enrolled in between 6 and 9 semester hours, you can choose to add the difference between the amount of the fee you already paid and $405.
  • Health—If you are registered for 9 or more hours, you have to pay the $101 portion of this fee. If you are enrolled for between 3 and 9 semester hours, you can choose to add the $101. Use of the Student Health Center is limited to students who have paid this portion of the fee.

Study Abroad Scholarship Fee

This $10 per-semester fee is charged to all students. It goes toward study abroad approved through UT Knoxville. You can find more information on the Programs Abroad Office website.

Technology Fee

This $14 per-credit-hour fee ($120 maximum) is assessed each semester to every student. It helps provide improved information technology resources on campus.

Transportation Fee

This $6 per credit hour ($75 maximum) fee helps provide students with transportation around campus and helps subsidize the cost of transportation systems.

You may be subject to pay other fees that are determined by your course of study, your student status, or your application for admission.

Architecture and Design Course Fee

This $109 per-credit-hour course fee is for all undergraduate architecture and design courses. It helps fund operation of the fabrication laboratories; materials for experiential learning, design and fabrication; student workstations and equipment; and additional faculty and staff to accommodate growth in the college.

Business Course Fee

This $99 per-credit-hour course fee is for all undergraduate business courses (with the exception of 100, 500, and 600 level courses). It covers the added demand for business courses, helps with advising and placement such as internships, and costs such as study abroad.

Deferred Payment Plan Fee

UT offers a Deferred Payment Plan as an option for paying your tuition and fees. More information is posted here.

Distance Education Course Fees

Distance education students are assessed the per hour rate of: maintenance, tuition (if out-of-state), the Library Fee, any applicable course fee, and the Distance Education Fee of $56 per credit hour. The Distance Education Fee is used to support the technology needed to deliver online courses to distance education students, as well as the creation of new courses and course material for future programs.

Drop/Withdrawal Fees

If you decrease the number of hours you are taking, it may change the amount you owe and affect your financial aid.

This fee has a schedule of charges that increases.

Check the Schedule

Engineering Course Fee

This $64 per-semester-hour course fee is assessed for all engineering courses.

Engineering Graduate Program Fees

The master’s program in engineering management has a $9,000 fee (including tuition and fees) per semester. The master’s program in engineering management for health systems has a $10,000 fee (including tuition and fees) per semester.

Final/Late Registration Fees

These fees are assessed to all students enrolled in a fall or spring term who do not priority register for the upcoming term.

This fee has a schedule of charges that increases.

Check the Schedule

Graduate School Readmission Fee

This $30 nonrefundable fee is due for students who are re-applying after an absence of at least one term.

Graduate Student Application Fee

This $60 nonrefundable fee due for prospective graduate students is due with each first-time admissions application.

Graduation Fee for Graduate Students

UT charges a nonrefundable graduation application fee each term for each graduate degree application submitted. The amounts are:

  • $30 master’s degree
  • $45 specialist in education degree
  • $75 doctoral degree

Housing Fees

Contracted amounts for on-campus housing are billed through student accounts. Rates vary depending on the type of room. For more information, you can email or call 865-974-3411.

Late Payment Fees

This $35 fee will be added to your student account if your minimum payment is not received by the due date. This does not include beginning of term registration statements that will cause your schedule to be cancelled if you do not meet the minimum payment. Late payment fees are exclusive of all other charges. They are due when they are assessed, even if you do not look at your account statement. Accounts are also subject to a $45 late fee if there is an account balance at mid-semester. It is assessed in addition to your unpaid fees and charges. Your account balance must be paid so you can register for classes, get a transcript, or receive your grades or a diploma.

Law Fee

All law school students pay an additional per semester charge of $625 for fall and spring.

Law Students Library Fee

All law school students pay an additional $125 per semester fee that supplements the declining collections budget for databases and books; provides support for improving patron services and library infrastructure; and provides support to upgrade the facility.

Living and Learning Communities Fee

This fee is charged to all living and learning community members to cover the cost of most events. The one-time, advance payment eliminates your need to buy a ticket for each event, although you may have to pay a portion of the cost for larger events. If you have questions, email University Housing or call 865-974-2571.

Meal Plans

These options are available through UT Campus Dining. You can find out the costs and choices online or by calling 865-974-4111.

Non-Resident Alien Tax

For international students, this is either a 14 percent (for J1 and F1 Visas) or a 30 percent tax on your financial assistance depending on the Visa code. The allowable charges, a book allowance, and a tax allowance are deducted from the total assistance you receive. Any excess is subject to the 14 percent or 30 percent tax, and it is payable by the student. The tax is calculated approximately one month into the term. It is reviewed and adjusted, if necessary, at the end of the semester. The tax assessments are submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

Nursing Course Fees

All nursing courses have additional fees attached. These fees vary by course and by program and cover costs associated with clinical experiences and placements; clinical lab supplies and equipment; advising and admissions; and more. Please contact the College of Nursing for additional information regarding these required fees.

Proficiency Examination Fee

These fees are $5 per credit hour for undergraduate students and $7 per credit hour for graduate students.

Social Work Graduate Fees

The social work doctorate program has a $200 fee each semester and the master’s degree program has a $150 fee each semester.

Third-Party Charges

Students are responsible for charges and fees paid by a third party. Non-Person Entity (NPE) accounts, which include government sponsored agencies and private organizations, are automatically assessed a $30 fee at their authorization. Late authorizations and payments are subject to late payment fees, as well as schedule cancellation policies and procedures.

Transcript Fee

UT charges $10 for each copy of your official transcript. Information on placing orders is posted here.

Undergraduate Application Fee

This $50 nonrefundable fee for prospective undergraduate students is due with each first-time admissions application.

Volunteer Bridge Program Fee

This $225 fee is per semester for all students enrolled in the Volunteer Bridge Program, a UT living and learning community. It helps you with additional academic support and funding for your first-year experience.

Policy on Approval of Student Fees

Fall 2017 + Spring 2018 (combined)
In-State Total Out-of-State Total
Undergraduates (pdf) $12,970 $31,390
Graduate Students (pdf) $13,084 $31,502
Law (pdf) $19,638 $38,312
Veterinary Medicine (pdf) $28,734 $56,540

Note: UT reserves the right to adjust tuition charges when deemed necessary. Official fees are set by the UT Board of Trustees in June/July of each year. Indirect costs will vary depending on your housing status.