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, FABLAB, 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
- UT’s competitive scholarships offered by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and by colleges and departments are awarded based upon completion of the scholarship portion of the Application for Admission & Scholarships, which must be submitted by November 1.
- UT’s institutional scholarships are awarded to students who meet the established criteria for high school grade point average and test scores, or financial need. Only the completed admission portion of the Application for Admission & Scholarships, submitted by December 1, is required in order to be considered. The online application.
- Graduate students apply for scholarships by February 1. Using the above form, they will submit this application directly to the College of Architecture and Design, 1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996, ATTN: Scholarships.
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.
Chancellor’s Incentive Grants/Chancellor’s Grants/Chancellor’s Fellowships
In an effort to attract high-performing students from diverse backgrounds and locales, during the past two years the College of Architecture and Design has awarded approximately $750,000 to the top incoming graduate students in the form of grants and fellowships funded by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. These awards range up to $15,000/year for each year of a student’s full-time study in the graduate program (up to 3 years). Chancellor’s grants and fellowships are awarded to incoming students by the program chair, in consultation with the admissions committee. The decisions are based on the overall strength of one’s entire application, and are offered at the time of acceptance.
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.