2021-22 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jan 17, 2022  
2021-22 Graduate Catalog

Financial Information



Fees and tuition are established in June by the UT Board of Trustees in conjunction with legislative action which determines the annual appropriation to the institution. Any changes from the fees and expenses detailed here will be available prior to registration for the semester to which they apply. Graduate students will be assessed graduate fees for all coursework, undergraduate or graduate, in which they enroll.

Graduate programs administered through UT Martin Online are subject to fees at $620 per credit hour (instate), $676 per credit hour (domestic out-of-state) and $733 per credit hour (international out-of-state) as detailed at www.utm.edu/bursar under Fee Schedule.

All students must settle accounts with the Bursar’s Office and complete the registration for courses prior to attending classes.

The general fees in effect for 2020-2021 are as follows and are subject to change.

Fees

*Check the web at www.utm.edu/bursar for revisions to fees.

Maintenance Fee (In-state Fee) Per Semester $4,548
Programs & Services Fee Per Semester $560
Technology Fee Per Semester $125
Facility Fee Per Semester $75
Total In-State Graduate Full-Time Fees Per Semester $5,308
Additional Tuition for Domestic Out-Of-State Students Per Semester $3,020
Additional Tuition for International Out-Of-State Students Per Semester $6,972

Residents of Hickman, Fulton and Graves counties in Kentucky can attend UT Martin without paying out-of-state tuition.

Part-Time Student:

Any graduate student who enrolls for fewer than nine academic hours is a part-time student.

Optional Hourly Rate:

In lieu of the above charges for Maintenance Fee (In-state Fee), Programs and Services Fee, Facilities Fee and Technology Fee (and tuition for out-of-state students), part-time students will pay fees computed by the semester hour credit (or audit) as follows:

Maintenance Fee (In-state Fee) Per Hour $505 per semester hour
Programs & Services Fee Per Hour $62 per semester hour
Technology Fee Per Hour $14 per semester hour
Facility Fee Per Hour $9 per semester hour
Total In-State Graduate Hourly Fee $590 per semester hour
Additional Tuition for Domestic Out-of-State Students Per Hour $336 per semester hour
Additional Tuition for International Out-of-State Students Per Hour $775 per semester hour

Graduate Application Fee: $30.00 (additional $100 processing fee for international students)

Required for each initial application for admission. This fee is not refundable.

Auditors, who receive no credit, pay the same fees as other students.

Auditors do not take the examinations, receive credit, or participate in class discussion.

For information concerning the special fee policy for totally disabled and/or senior citizens who wish to enroll in courses for non-credit or credit, contact the Office of Academic Records (731-881-7050).

Late Registration Service Fee: $50.00

Course Change Fee: $25.00

A fee of $25 per course will be assessed for courses dropped after the official late registration period. This fee is not refundable and does not apply to students who withdraw from the university.

Payment Plan Fee: $30.00

See information on Payment Plan Policy and Fee in undergraduate section.

Late Fee on Payment Plan: $50 of the installment due

Refunds

Refunds-Dropping Hours (Continue with a reduced class load)

When a student decreases the number of hours attempted during a term to less than a full course load (nine hours), charges for the hours dropped will be calculated based upon the official drop day as presented to Bursar’s Office from the Office of Academic Records.

Calendar Days of Term

% Charged

% Refund

Day 1-7 no charge 100%
Day 8-14 no charge 100%
Day 15-21 40% 60%
Day 22-28 60% 40%
Day 29-end of term 100% 0%

Refunds are based on the fees charged, not the amount paid. If the student is receiving financial aid, refunds will be returned to the financial aid accounts, including lenders of student loans, before any money is returned to the student. Credit balances from all sources of the university, with the possible exception of Title IV funds, will be applied to outstanding charges before a refund is issued.

Refunds-Withdrawing (Dropping all classes)

Withdrawals from school for any reason during any term must be made by official notification to the Office of Academic Records. Failure to attend classes does not cancel enrollment. The date of the withdrawal is one factor used to determine the amount of fees to be refunded. Other factors include whether a student is receiving Title IV financial aid and whether unpaid charges (total institutional costs minus the sum of total aid paid to institution and cash paid by the student) remain on the student’s account. The institutional refund policy will be used for students who do not receive Title IV financial aid. The following percentages will be used to calculate charges on hours dropped (tuition, fees, room):

Calendar days of Term

% Charged

% Refund

Day 1-7 no charge 100%
Day 8-14 no charge 100%
Day 15-21 40% 60%
Day 22-28 60% 40%
Day 29-end of term 100% 0%

If the student is receiving financial aid, refunds will be returned to the financial aid accounts, including lenders of student loans, before any money is returned to the student. Credit balances from all sources of the university, with the possible exception of Title IV funds, will be applied to outstanding charges before a refund is issued.

Summer school term is shorter than fall and spring, and the summer term is divided into sessions. Therefore, charges for hours dropped will be calculated based on the following:

 

1st Session

2nd Session

Full Term

%Charged

%Refund

Day 1-4 1-4 1-7 no charge 100%
Day 5-7 5-7 8-14 no charge 100%
Day 8-11 8-11 15-21 40% 60%
Day 12-14 12-14 22-28 60% 40%
Day 14-end of term 14-end of term 29-end of term 100% 0%

No refunds will be made until two weeks after the close of registration during the regular school year and two weeks after the close of second session summer semester registration.

Example:

The student’s institutional charges for the semester total $4,824 which was paid by a personal check. The student withdrew on the sixteenth calendar day following regular registration. The refund would be $2,890.80.

Calculation:

Semester rate - (# of hours) x (% Charged) x (per hour rate) = Refund

  $4,824 - [ (9) x (40%) x ($537) ] = $2,289.80

The federal refund calculation policy will be used for students who have attended classes at UT Martin and are receiving Title IV financial aid. Under this refund policy, withdrawals on the first day of classes will permit a 100 percent refund of institutional charges (fees, tuition, room and board, with no allowance for deposit or consumption on room and board). Withdrawals after the first day of classes will be calculated based on the number of days the student completes in the enrollment period.

Example:

The student has enrolled at UT Martin and is receiving a federal loan of $4,250. The institutional charges are $4,824. The student withdrew on the 15th day of the enrollment period. The enrollment period is 110 days in length (15/110=13.6% completed days). The refund percent will be 86.4 percent (100%-13.6%).

Calculation:

$4,824 @ 86.4% = $4,167.94 to be returned to the federal lender.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified students. Inquiries about these should be directed to the Graduate Studies Office. Assistantships carry a fixed stipend. They also provide a waiver of tuition charges, (Maintenance Fee only) including out-of-state fees, for GAs with at least 50 percent appointment. International students may not apply for an assistantship until they have completed at least one term of full-time work at UT Martin. Their knowledge of the specific field in which they may work and their command of the English language must be evaluated thoroughly by faculty supervisors before an award may be made.

Graduate assistants are expected to enroll for no more than the appropriate fraction of the maximum course load specified in the section on Course Loads.

The University of Tennessee at Martin adheres to the following “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants” of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States:

Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship and assistantship offer.

Special Assistance for Underrepresented Students

Access and Diversity Scholarships-The University of Tennessee at Martin is strongly committed to increasing the enrollment of graduate students from underrepresented groups. Access and Diversity scholarships are available for qualified students. Recipients are selected based upon nominations by graduate coordinators/designee.

Federal Direct Loan Program

Graduate students are eligible for unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans and Federal GradPLUS loans to assist with meeting educational expenses. The student must be enrolled at least half-time and be seeking a degree. Interest accrues while the student is in school; however, the principle can be deferred until graduation, withdrawal, or when the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for this program.

Other Financial Aid Programs

Veteran’s Administration and Vocational Rehabilitation benefits may be available to qualified students. Students should contact the local agency if they are eligible for this assistance.