UT Promise-first wide-scale program for free college

UT Promise is the first wide-scale program for free college at a public four-year institution in Tennessee.

Message from UT President Randy Boyd

As a first-generation college graduate, obtaining my four-year degree was a game changer in my life. I know that it changes other lives as well, but for far too long the dream of attending college has been out of reach for countless young people due to strained, stressed and stretched family finances.

My promise is to help provide a ladder up to middle and working class families so that more Tennesseans have a path to the University of Tennessee.

Beginning fall 2020, thousands of Tennessee students will be able to attend a UT campus in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin or Memphis free of tuition and mandatory fees—thanks to UT Promise. Our new undergraduate scholarship program is available to qualifying students with a family household income less than $50,000 a year and provides them with a volunteer mentor to help ensure a successful student experience. UT Promise is the first wide-scale program for free college at a public four-year institution in Tennessee.

As we look to spread awareness about UT Promise, community support across the state is critical. I invite you to join me for community events across the state to learn more about UT Promise and how you can help Tennessee students achieve their dreams.


Nashville, TN

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Tennessee State Museum
1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208