Featured photo: Military-affiliated students, including ROTC students, may now attend a UT institution at in-state tuition rates.
Military-affiliated students will soon be able to attend a UT institution of choice at the in-state tuition rate, thanks to a recently approved UT System proposal.
The Tennessee General Assembly signed off on the initiative—which will apply to all military-affiliated students, including veterans, active-duty military personnel, reservists, Tennessee National Guard members, and Army and Air Force ROTC cadets—this spring.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to our military men and women,” says UT System President Randy Boyd. “Lessening the financial burden of attending one of our universities is one small way we can say thank you for your service.”
The benefits will be applied starting in the fall 2022 semester, following approval from the UT Board of Trustees this summer.
UT Investments Included in FY22-23 State Budget
In April, the Tennessee General Assembly passed its budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which included significant investments in the University of Tennessee System, such as funding for student scholarships and millions in new investments for entities within the UT System.
One significant investment comes as the largest increase in HOPE Scholarships for students at public four-year universities since the scholarships’ creation. Awards for full-time eligible freshmen and sophomores will increase from $3,500 to $4,500, while awards for juniors and seniors will increase from $4,500 to $5,700.
Notable points in the budget include:
- $156.9 million for new buildings at UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga and UT Martin
- $72 million to fully fund the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute
- $4 million recurring and $2 million nonrecurring to support the Institute for American Civics at UT Knoxville
- $3.9 million recurring in new operating funding for UTHSC
- $2.9 million recurring to support the UT College of Veterinary Medicine
“These investments will support our mission to serve all Tennesseans and beyond through education, discovery and outreach, and further our ability to address the state’s grand challenges,” UT System President Randy Boyd says.
New Murals Added to “Everywhere You Look, UT” Campaign
The University of Tennessee System expanded its “Everywhere You Look, UT” mural campaign with the addition of three new murals in March and April 2022.
- Lone Oaks Farm, Hardeman County
- Sunbright Water Tower, Morgan County
- Triple S&S Farms, Washington County
Since its launch in 2018, the campaign has placed 27 murals throughout the state, 12 of which were completed in 2021. The system plans to add 15 additional murals in 2022 to work towards the goal of painting one mural in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties by 2030. To learn more about the campaign and its locations or to nominate a canvas, visit everywhere.tennessee.edu/murals/.