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, Memphis and Pulaski.

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 $60,000 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 via tnAchieves. Please visit the University of Tennessee's website for more details. 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 $60,000, 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.

The 2022 UT Promise application deadline was Dec. 15, 2021. The application is now closed.
If you are a student in Lake, Obion or Weakley county and are attempting to complete the UT Promise application, please email Ben Sterling at ben@tnAchieves.org.



Steps for Eligible High School Seniors

Deadline Passed: Nov. 1, 2021

Complete the TN Promise application.**

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 2022-2023.
  5. When asked to select your anticipated institution, you can select any college or university on the list of options.

Deadline Passed: Dec. 15, 2021


This application is only for high school students planning to enroll at UT in fall 2022. 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 Nov. 1 is a requirement for UT Promise eligibility.

Deadline Passed: Dec. 15, 2021

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

Mar. 1, 2022^

File the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Visit www.fafsa.gov.

Mar. 1, 2022^

View the Mandatory TN Promise Webinar via tnAchieves CONNECT.

July 1, 2022

Complete and submit 8 hours of community service.

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

July 1, 2022

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

July 1, 2022

Complete financial aid verification, if selected.

Verification is completed through your financial aid office.

Sept. 1, 2022

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 2022

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

After you enroll at a UT campus in fall 2022, 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 2022. 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 2022 but graduating prior to the 2021-2022 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 Jessica Macey at jessica@tnachieves.org or Ashton Braddock at utpromise@tennessee.edu with any questions specifically regarding UT Promise.

^This deadline has been extended from February 1 to March 1 due to ongoing weather related school closures and the continuing COVID-19 surge.