For students, college is a time of self-discovery and laying the groundwork for their future. Some students take longer to finish the journey than others. UT is steering students back to the four-year graduation expectation by embarking on a new effort to help students complete their degrees on time. The new initiative is called Take 15, Graduate in 4, and it establishes a new tuition model that links cost to the number of hours students need to take each semester in order to graduate on time.
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For Angela Kirkpatrick, a freshman at UT Knoxville on a pre-med track, the $2,500 Regal Scholarship made it possible for her to further her education and pursue her dreams of becoming a pediatric doctor. The Regal Scholars program, in its third year, provides $2,500 annual scholarships for up to forty Knox County students at UT—ten freshmen, ten sophomores, ten juniors, and ten seniors.
UT is working to create a new One Stop student services center to streamline the most common services students need to manage their enrollment, registration, financial aid, and payments. The One Stop center will open in summer 2013 on the ground floor of Hodges Library. The paperless, wireless environment will give enrolled undergraduate and graduate students one location to access the primary services of the registrar, financial aid, and bursar offices.
Spring may still be several weeks away, but on campus, it’s already time to think about summer school. This year, for the first time, students can use HOPE Scholarship, funded by the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program, to help them pay for summer school.
Dozens of UT Knoxville students have Regal Entertainment Group to thank for helping make their education possible. The Regal Foundation is contributing up to $100,000 annually to support scholarships which benefit forty young Volunteers.
Recent changes to the way the federal government distributes and manages student loans will affect how UT Knoxville students receive financial aid. The changes, which recently passed into law, shift the processing of federal student loans away from private lenders and to the U.S. Department of Education.