UPDATE: Trustees have approved tuition increases at each of the University of Tennessee campuses for the next academic year.

Media outlets report the Board of Trustees approved a 2% tuition increase at the Knoxville campus and a 2.5% increase at the Chattanooga and Martin campuses at a Friday meeting.

Tuition will increase by $258 at the Knoxville campus, $216 at the Chattanooga campus and $236 at the Martin campus.

Tuition increases at the Knoxville campus have ranged between zero and 12% in the last 10 years. This is the fifth year in a row that UT has raised tuition by less than 3%.

The board also voted to combine the UT Institute of Agriculture with the UT-Knoxville campus and to create the Oak Ridge Institute to further the university's partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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PREVIOUS STORY:  The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will consider a proposal to increase undergraduate in-state tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate programs of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during the Board’s meeting on June 21.

Tennessee law requires boards of public universities to give public notice of proposed increases to tuition and mandatory fees charged to in-state undergraduate students at least 15 days prior to holding a public meeting to adopt the increases. 

Individuals are permitted to provide comments during the 15-day period.

  • UT Chattanooga has proposed a 2.5 increase, which would result in a $216 increase from Fiscal Year 2018-2019 to Fiscal Year 2019-2020. 
  • UT Knoxville has proposed a 2 percent increase, which is a $258 increase from Fiscal Year 2018-2019 to Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
  • UT Martin has proposed a 2.5 percent increase, which is $236 more from Fiscal Year 2018-2019 to Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

Earlier this year, UT unveiled the UT Promise scholarship, which will start during the fall of 2020. 

It is a last-dollar scholarship program that will guarantee free tuition and fees for students with a family household income of under $50,000 and after another financial aid is received.

Students must qualify for the Hope Scholarship and meet the academic qualifications for the institution to be eligible for this new scholarship. 

To help ensure success, students will be matched with volunteer mentors and will complete four hours of service learning each semester.

Proposed In-State Undergraduate Tuition and Fees, UT Chattanooga, FY 2019-20
  2018-19 Tuition & Fees Proposed for 2019-20 Change
Returning In-State Undergraduates $8,664 $8,880 $216 2.5%
New In-State Freshmen & Transfer Undergraduates (Soar in Four) NA $9,656 NEW NEW