Financial Aid

Financial Aid at UT Law

The College of Law’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid helps students and applicants work through the application process, including communication with the university’s financial aid office. The office also processes scholarship awards as selected by the Scholarship Committee.

For information pertaining to your specific financial aid questions, contact Janet Hatcher, associate director of admissions and financial aid, at 865-974-4131 or hatcher@utk.edu.

Admissions & Financial Aid
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

E-mail: lawadmit@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-4131
Office: Suite 161

The College of Law’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid helps students and applicants work through the application process, including communication with the university’s financial aid office. The office also processes scholarship awards as selected by the Scholarship Committee.

For information pertaining to your specific financial aid questions, contact Janet Hatcher, associate director of admissions and financial aid, at 865-974-4131 or hatcher@utk.edu.

Admissions & Financial Aid
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

E-mail: lawadmit@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-4131
Office: Suite 161

Depending on your financial aid analysis, you may be eligible to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and/or a GradPlus Loan. Know your rights and responsibilities as a borrower and remember that when you sign a promissory note, you are signing a commitment to repay the money you are borrowing.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to students (with or without demonstrated financial need) who have completed the FAFSA. While these loans are not need-based, they are budget-based, and you will not be eligible to borrow more than your budget. The fixed interest rate for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan is 6 percent. These loans begin accruing interest immediately. The interest on these loans may be paid while enrolled in school or may be added to the loan principal when it goes into repayment (six months after graduation). The maximum amount that eligible students may borrow is $20,500.

GradPlus Loan

GradPlus Loans are available to students (with or without demonstrated financial need) who have completed the FAFSA. These loans are designed to assist students reach their budget if they haven’t done so with scholarships, and/or Stafford Loans. These loans carry a credit base and will need to be applied for directly through the Department of Education. These loans have a current fixed interest rate of 7 percent.

The Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) at UT Law provides financial support to UT Law graduates who obtain employment in the field of public interest law and who need assistance in repaying loans for legal education.

Eligibility

A person is eligible to be considered for loan repayment assistance if the person:

  1. is a UT Law graduate or a current UT Law student;
  2. files an application with the LRAP Committee;
  3. agrees to remain continuously employed in the field of public interest law for one year after receiving financial support from the program;
  4. will be responsible for using LRAP financial support to repay qualified debt as determined by the LRAP Committee.

The principal criteria for an award are professional promise, financial need, and the extent to which an applicant’s proposed employment will further the goals of the program. Strong preference will be given to applicants whose employment involves legal representation to the poor and the historically under-represented or otherwise address the needs of those clients.

Qualified debt is debt incurred to pay the expenses of legal education and owed to an institutional or governmental lender. Private debt owed to a family member, friend, or other entity outside the framework of a regular lending program is not qualified debt. The amount of financial support will be determined by the LRAP Committee and will not exceed $10,000 per recipient.

Considerations

In deciding whether to award financial support, the LRAP Committee may consider any relevant factor, including, but not limited to:

  1. the amount of the applicant’s qualified debt;
  2. the amount of the applicant’s other debt;
  3. the amount of debt owed within the applicant’s household;
  4. the amount of the applicant’s income and other non-cash benefits received;
  5. the amount of income received within the applicant’s household;
  6. the applicant’s assets;
  7. household assets;
  8. household dependents;
  9. the nature of the applicant’s employment;
  10. the connection  between  the applicant’s  long-term  goals and  the  field  of public interest law;
  11. the applicant’s prior commitment to public service;
  12. the applicant’s academic performance;
  13. the applicant’s potential for future compensation, including the likelihood that the applicant will move quickly to much higher paying employment;
  14. the location  of  the  applicant’s job  in  the  field  of public  interest  law  and  the location(s) affected by that job;
  15. the applicant’s willingness to participate  in the education and mentoring of Law School students.

An applicant is eligible to receive LRAP financial support under this program for a maximum of three years. The annual application deadline is in March. Check back for additional information about March 2019 applications.

The LRAP Committee is comprised of two UT Law faculty and one Baker Donelson shareholder.

Prospective students residing in states other than Tennessee frequently ask how they can be reclassified as a resident of Tennessee so they can be eligible for the in-state tuition rate. Residency classification involves the legal definition of “domicile” and is influenced by the status of a student as “dependent” or “independent” of his or her parents. State regulations guide public colleges and universities in applying rules to determine if students are classified as “in-state” or “out of state.” The residency classification of a student under the age of 24 and still in the care or custody of their parents is the same as the residency of the parent, and if even one parent lives in Tennessee, that student is classified as in-state. While professional students are considered independent of their parents for consideration for federal financial aid, prospective students seeking reclassification still must show that the move to Tennessee was not primarily for educational purposes.

The residency reclassification decision is based on clear and convincing evidence that the candidate has established himself or herself as a resident of Tennessee. Law students who have been successful in the reclassification process have established ties to the state of Tennessee through employment while in law school and during the summers between years of law school, taken steps to establish themselves as a professional in the community and in the legal community in the state, and demonstrated their intent to remain in the state after graduation. Additionally, students who have been reclassified have taken the steps citizens normally take when establishing domicile, such as changing one’s driver’s license and registering to vote in Tennessee.

If you are currently a resident of a state other than Tennessee and wish to be considered for classification as a Tennessee resident for tuition purposes, please complete and submit the Residency Reclassification Form (PDF) and provide a statement outlining the steps you have taken to establish domicile in Tennessee—along with any supporting documentation—and include any information that demonstrates your ties to the state.

Submit your completed form and additional materials via e-mail to Janet Hatcher at jhatche1@utk.edu or via USPS to:

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Tennessee College of Law
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810

For more information, contact Janet Hatcher at jhatche1@utk.edu

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We offer scholarships to many of our students to help offset the cost of their education and graduate with less debt.

Candidates for the major scholarship programs are encouraged to complete their admissions applications by January 15 to receive priority consideration. The College of Law considers all diversity factors in the administration of its scholarship programs. Scholarships are retained for six semesters of law school, as long as the student remains in good academic standing and remains enrolled in the College of Law.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Janet Hatcher, associate director of admissions and financial aid, at 865-974-4131 or hatcher@utk.edu.

Click here for more information on scholarship opportunities. 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a federal form that is required of all students who wish to be considered for need-based aid (scholarships and/or loans). The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You should complete your 2018–2019 FAFSA as soon as possible and no later than March 1.

Pay special attention to the questions on the FAFSA and make sure each question is answered as accurately as possible. This will help eliminate any delay in processing the FAFSA. Since you are applying for admission to the College of Law, you will be considered a graduate/professional student and should not provide parental information on your FAFSA.

The Title IV code for the University of Tennessee is 003530.

Budget/Cost of attendance

The financial aid budget is the amount of money the university estimates a student will need to attend law school for an academic year. This figure includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. This budget varies based on tuition, fees, and cost of living; the budget will not be the same for each law school you consider.

Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)

This amount is calculated from the income and asset information you provide on your FAFSA. It is considered the amount that you as a student (and/or your spouse) can personally supply toward your education for the academic year.

Need

When the UT financial aid office receives your FAFSA results, it will take your budget and subtract your EFC. The remaining amount is considered your need.

Award package/Award letter

This is the notification you will receive from the UT financial aid office, which indicates the amount of financial aid you have been awarded. This information is sent via e-mail to your UT e-mail address after you have been admitted and the awards have been completed. Keep in mind that the loans initially awarded are Perkins, Direct Subsidized, and Direct Unsubsidized. Many of our students are also eligible to receive Direct GradPlus loans. Contact Janet Hatcher at 865-974-4131 or hatcher@utk.edu to check your eligibility for additional loan availability.

VOLXpress statement

This is a statement from the UT bursar’s office that will serve as a billing of your account for the each semester and will be e-mailed to your UT e-mail address. Included in this statement will be your class schedule, a summary of your pending financial aid, and any balance you may owe the university.

If you have general questions concerning your financial aid, contact Janet Hatcher at 865-974-4131 or hatcher@utk.edu. (Due to confidentiality concerns, Ms. Hatcher can only discuss your specific award with you).

The value of your legal education at UT Law compares favorably with other state-supported and private institutions. (University tuition and fees are determined by the Board of Trustees and are subject to change each year.)

The tuition and fees for the 2018–2019 academic year (fall and spring semesters) are:

  • $19,674 for Tennessee residents
  • $38,312 for out-of-state students
  • $38,312 for LLM students

Click here for more information on tuition and fees.

Law students who are residents of states other than Tennessee and who were honorably discharged from the US armed forces or the National Guard may qualify for a scholarship to cover the out-of-state portion of their tuition under the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act. Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Veterans Choice Act”) extends this benefit to qualified spouses and children of the veteran. A candidate must enroll within 36 months of the veteran’s honorable discharge.

For eligibility information, please refer to materials provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and UT here.

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