Applying for Financial Aid

The college’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, financial aid coordinator/advisor, at 865-974-4131 or

Submitting your FAFSA

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 You should complete your FAFSA no earlier than January 1 and no later than March 1. If you completed a FAFSA for the prior year, you will probably be able to file a renewal FAFSA. You may either update the renewal application or complete a new FAFSA.

Start the application process as soon as possible after January 1. The earlier you complete these steps, the easier your financial aid processing will be and the sooner you will receive notification of your financial aid status. Also, for priority consideration for Perkins Loans and need-based scholarships, the FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 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 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 (Due to confidentiality concerns, Ms. Hatcher can only discuss your specific award with you).