With its competitive tuition costs, the University of Tennessee has been consistently ranked as one of the best values for a college education. In addition, UT graduates have one of the lowest debt ratios upon graduation in the country.
Cost estimates for the current school year can be found on the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website. These estimates are based on in-state and out-of-state, full-time enrollment at The University of Tennessee.
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships also provides a free “Net Price” Calculator that will help you determine your likely out-of-pocket expenses. You may access the calculator and more information from their website.
Tuition & Fees
- In-state: $9,092 (undergraduate) and $10,280 (graduate)
- Out-of-state: $27,582 (undergraduate) and $28,768 (graduate)
- Studio fees apply. Students of Architecture + Design have additional amenities than others on campus. These include a desk and work station for each student in the building, a woodshop, Fab Lab, resource library, computer lab, media lab, digital print and image center, and in-house technology support.
- Nearly 75% of all Architecture + Design students receive financial aid, including scholarships and graduate assistantships.
How Can I Afford It?
UT provides families with advice concerning a wide range of financial aid and scholarships from federal, state, and private sources.
The College of Architecture and Design provides scholarships, assistantships and fellowships to meet tuition costs. In 2013-14, $80,250 in scholarship monies were awarded to students in the undergraduate interior design and architecture programs. The graduate programs in architecture and landscape architecture awarded a total value of 1.25 million dollars in graduate assistantships, scholarships, grants, and fellowships — an average of over $14,000 per full-time student.
Most aid comes from government sources and much of it requires demonstration of financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is usually required and should be submitted to the federal processing center no later than February 15 in the spring prior to the fall of the applicant’s freshman year. The FAFSA can be completed online. Tennessee residents must submit the FAFSA in order to be eligible to receive the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship (HOPE Scholarship, or TELS).
Most scholarships awards are based upon a student’s demonstrated academic, artistic, or athletic talent. Some scholarships are automatically awarded to students who have excellent high school grades and test scores, or demonstrated financial need. Others require a separate written application or an audition.
- INCOMING FRESHMEN: You must apply for admission by the November 1 deadline to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships including Chancellor’s Scholarships. Admitted students will receive an e-mail with the link to the scholarship application, which you need to complete by December 15. We strongly encourage you to apply for admission as early as possible.
- CONTINUING + TRANSFER STUDENTS: The undergraduate scholarship application is available through MyUTK. It must be submitted by February 1 to be considered for university or college scholarships.
- GRADUATE STUDENTS: Applicants and current students should complete this graduate scholarship application form and submit in person to Peggy Melvin in room 224 of the Art + Architecture Building, or by mail at 1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996, ATTN: Scholarships. The deadline is February 1. See the Graduate School website for other opportunities.
Graduate Assistantships are awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, financial need, and needs of the program. Graduate students support the programs in numerous ways, including helping faculty members with course work, special projects, research, publications, etc. Those receiving these awards are expected to work for approximately ten hours a week.
Students should contact the program chairs for Architecture or Landscape Architecture directly for information on graduate assistantship positions supported by the program. Other departments and programs on campus may also have graduate assistantship positions available. Inquiries for positions outside of the program should be directed through the UT Graduate School.
Federal Work Study is funded from federal and institutional resources. This is a need-based program that allows eligible students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part-time. At UT this program awards students an average of $2,600 per year. The exact earning potential depends upon award limit and hours actually worked.
Many students from other states in the southeastern region may benefit from participating in the Academic Common Market. The ACM is an agreement among Southern states for sharing unique academic programs. Participating states can make arrangements for their residents who are fully admitted to specific programs at UT to enroll on an in-state tuition basis if these programs are not available in the state of residence. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Bursar administers VOL Xpress accounts, collects University fees and charges, and delivers excess financial aid. Federal Perkins Student Loan and UT Loan Program collections are also administered through this office. The Central Cashier’s Division, which is responsible for collecting and accounting for departmental deposits, is also part of the Bursar’s Office. Details of tuition and fees for the current year may also be found at the Bursar’s Office.