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University of Tennessee Increases Eligibility for UT Promise, Announces UT Promise Tour Stops

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UT System President Randy Boyd posed next to a high school student at a UT Promise tour stop.

KNOXVILLE – The University of Tennessee System announced plans to extend the qualifying income level for UT Promise scholarship recipients once again, this time from $60,000 to $75,000 (adjusted gross income). The university increased the income level from $50,000 to $60,000 in 2021. The announcement was made as UT System President Randy Boyd prepares to tour high schools across the state for the fourth UT Promise tour.

“UT Promise is more than a scholarship program; it’s a promise that we make to the young people of Tennessee. It’s a promise that their dreams, ambitions and hard work will not be limited by financial barriers,” Boyd said. “Through UT Promise, we are investing in the next generation of leaders, innovators and change-makers who will shape the future of our state and beyond.”

In addition to adjustments in income level, UT Promise will also guarantee a minimum $500 award per semester for qualifying students. These scholarship program enhancements represent additional steps taken by the University to decrease students’ cost to attend the UT school of their choice while also incentivizing program engagement. These changes go into effect for fall semester 2024.

Boyd will spend five days touring high schools across the state:

  • Friday, Sept. 1
    • South Doyle High School (2020 Tipton Station Road, Knoxville) – 9 a.m. EDT
    • Austin East High School (2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Knoxville) – 10 a.m. EDT
    • Morristown West High School (1 Trojan TRL, Morristown) – 11:20 a.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5
    • Germantown High School (7653 Poplar Pike, Germantown) – 10:15 a.m. CDT
    • Collierville High School (11605 E. Shelby Drive, Collierville) – 11:15 a.m. CDT
    • Westview High School (8161 Highway 45, Martin) – 1:40 p.m. CDT
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6
    • East Ridge High School (4320 Bennett Road, Chattanooga) – 8:45 a.m. EDT
    • Ooltewah High School (6123 Mountain View Road, Ooltewah) – 11:30 a.m. EDT
    • Bradley Central High School (1000 South Lee Highway, Cleveland) – 1 p.m. EDT
    • Walker Valley High School (750 Lauderdale Memorial Hwy, Cleveland) – 2 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12
    • Hume Fogg High School (700 Broadway, Nashville) – 10:45 a.m. CDT
    • James Lawson High School (8001 Hwy. 70 South, Nashville) – 11:30 a.m. CDT
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13
    • West Ridge High School (380 Lynn Road, Blountville) – 8:15 a.m. EDT
    • Sullivan East High School (4180 Weaver Pike, Bluff City) – 9:15 a.m. EDT
    • David Crockett High School (684 Old State Route 34, Jonesborough) – 10:45 a.m. EDT

UT Promise was originally launched in March 2019 for students with a household income of $50,000 or less. Since that time, more than 2,200 students have enrolled at a UT campus tuition-free. The program also matches eligible students with a volunteer mentor to help ensure success throughout a student’s college career.

UT Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program that guarantees free tuition and fees after other financial aid is received (such as Pell Grants, HOPE Scholarship, or other institutional scholarships) for qualifying undergraduate, Tennessee residents at University of Tennessee campuses located in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, Memphis and Pulaski.

Students must qualify for the Hope Scholarship and meet the academic qualifications for the institution to be eligible for UT Promise. To learn more about UT Promise, please visit


Melissa Tindell
505 Summer Place, UT Tower #1236, Knoxville, TN 37902

Natalie Keener
505 Summer Place, UT Tower #1241A, Knoxville, TN 37902

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