UT Promise is an undergraduate scholarship program guaranteeing free tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee residents attending UT’s campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis.

This innovative scholarship will cover a student’s last-dollar amount of tuition and mandatory fees after other financial aid is applied (such as Pell grants, HOPE Scholarship or other institutional scholarships) to students who qualify for HOPE and whose family household income is under $50,000 a year. UT Promise is a student-success oriented scholarship program that requires students to complete volunteer service hours and meet with a volunteer mentor each semester to ensure a successful student experience.

Eligible students include graduating high school seniors, transfer students and nontraditional students. Only students entering UT are eligible; currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply. Find out if you are eligible

Family household income is defined as “the accurate, verifiable total combined amount of parent and student adjusted gross income and untaxed income of less than $50,000, AND a total maximum asset amount of less than $75,000, as defined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Learn more about how last-dollar scholarships work



Steps for Eligible High School Seniors

Dec. 1, 2020

Complete the TN Promise application.**(The TN Promise application is closed for the Class of 2021)

Visit www.TNPromise.gov and apply through the TSAC Portal.

  1. Create an account.
  2. Log in.
  3. Click “Apply”.
  4. Select Tennessee Promise Scholarship Award 2020-2021.
  5. When asked to select your anticipated institution, you can select any college or university on the list of options.

Dec. 15, 2020

Complete the UT Promise Application. (The UT Promise application is closed for the Class of 2021)

This application is only for high school students planning to enroll at UT in fall 2021. If you are not a high school senior, please visit the correct application page. Please visit the application page that corresponds with your current status.

High school seniors have until Dec. 15 to complete the UT Promise application. However, please note that completing the TN Promise application above by Dec. 1 is a requirement for UT Promise eligibility.

Dec. 15, 2020

Apply for undergraduate admission to your UT institution(s) of choice.

March 1, 2021

File the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Visit www.fafsa.gov.

March/April 2021

View mandatory team meeting webinar.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, your mandatory meeting requirement will be completed virtually. The deadline to view the mandatory team meeting requirement is June 1, 2021! You will access the virtual team meeting on tnAchieves.org, view the video in its entirety and press submit. By viewing the virtual team meeting, you will satisfy your TN Promise team meeting requirement.

July 1, 2021

Complete and submit 8 hours of community service.

Submit by 11:59 PM CT at www.tnachieves.org.

July 1, 2021

Ensure UT institution of choice is listed on your TSAC Portal and FAFSA.

July 1, 2021

Complete financial aid verification, if selected.

Verification is completed through your financial aid office.

Sept. 1, 2021

Your financial aid verification must be fully complete (not just submitted for review) and your UT Promise award accepted by this date for you to be eligible. Failure to do this will result in not receiving the UT Promise. Do not wait to do this as submitting your initial documents may lead to the financial aid office requesting other documents. If your financial aid file is not fully complete, you will not be eligible.

Fall 2021

Enroll as a full-time student at your UT institution of choice.

After you enroll at a UT campus in fall 2021, you will be paired with a UT Promise mentor. You must meet with your mentor three (3) times a semester in order to maintain your eligibility. You will receive communications about your mentor fall 2021. In addition, you must complete and submit eight (8) hours of community every semester prior to each semester to maintain your UT Promise scholarship. Once enrolled at UT, you will track your community service hours here. To stay informed, check your email for updated from tnAchieves and UT.

For students enrolling in fall 2021 but graduating prior to the 2020-2021 academic year (i.e. took a gap year, etc.), you should follow the application process and deadlines for other students.
** It is important to note that UT Promise functions separately from TN Promise and can only be used at universities falling under the University of Tennessee system. UT Promise students are not eligible to receive TN Promise funds.

For more information on UT Promise, visit utpromise.tennessee.edu.

Please contact Krissy DeAlejandro at krissy@tnachieves.org or Ashton Braddock at utpromise@tennessee.edu with any questions specifically regarding UT Promise.