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Financial Assistance & Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

We encourage all students to carefully plan for any needed financial assistance and explore all funding opportunities to help pay for your social work education. Information about tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville may be found at:


Prospective, incoming, and current students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. This is the first step in applying for grants, federal work-study, need-based scholarships, and student loans. The FAFSA opens on October 1 and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s priority filing date is February 1.
Please note that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s code is 003530.

Departmental Scholarships

A number of departmental scholarships are available to students thanks to the generous contributions of donors to the College of Social Work. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in full time status (9 or more credit hours) for both fall and spring semesters. Scholarship funding is limited and scholarship amounts vary.

Click here to view the eligibility details for available departmental scholarships.

Please note: The deadline to submit the College scholarship application is March 7.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students applying for need-based scholarships are required to complete the FAFSA. More information about undergraduate scholarships may be obtained through the University’s One Stop web site.

HOPE Scholarship

The Tennessee HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship that is only available to residents of the state of Tennessee. Students must reapply each year by completing the FAFSA, be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters, and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Click here for scholarship amounts, eligibility requirements, and instructions for applying.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Information about undergraduate transfer student scholarships may be obtained through the One Stop Student Services Financial Aid page for transfer students. Scholarships available to transfer students include the Volunteer Transfer Scholarship, the Tennessee Pledge scholarship, the Flagship Scholarship, and others.


Students must submit the FAFSA to apply for all federal loan programs. Loans are limited to U.S. citizens and certain permanent residents. Students must be admitted as degree-seeking and enrolled at least half-time each semester to receive federal financial aid, including federal student loans.

Parents of dependent students can also consider a Parent PLUS Loan, a credit-based federal loan given to eligible parent applicants. Parents are responsible for all repayments and interest.

For more information on student loans, please see the One Stop website.


Grants are need-based aid that does not have to be repaid. They are reserved for students with the highest financial need. Students must submit the FAFSA to apply for federal grants. More information on grants that may be available may be found on the One Stop website.

Federal Work Study

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships coordinates the Federal Work Study Program which provides part-time off- and on-campus jobs for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have demonstrated financial need by completing the FAFSA. Jobs are available in academic units, administrative offices, and non-profit agencies. Students must be admitted into a degree program and be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester to receive federal financial aid, including FWS. More information may be found onthe One Stop website.

Summer Aid

Students who enroll in summer classes should visit the One Stop website for details on summer financial aid.

Veteran Student Services

Veterans, active duty military members, reservists, or dependents of veterans who need information about VA education benefits may contact Veteran Student Services at G020 Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996 (865-974-5420).