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Fee Deferment


It is the responsibility of the student to request a fee deferment or sign up for a deferred payment plan each semester.

***The Bursar’s Office sets the payment deadline. For questions regarding the payment deadline please contact the Bursar’s Office directly. ***

 

Please see the information below for requesting a deferment.

How to request a fee deferment if you are using VA education benefits.

  1. New students who are using VA education benefits for the first time must submit a certificate of eligibility (COE) or “statement of benefits” no later than the first day of a course of education.
  2. New and returning students must submit the required enrollment certification form. This form must be turned in two weeks before the payment deadline at the beginning of each semester to receive the fee deferment.
  3. Students who have not turned in the COE or enrollment certification form by the first day of a course of education may be subject to late fees assessed by the university for non-payment of tuition and fee charges. Fees that are not payable by VA and are not paid by the deferment deadline will be assessed a late fee regardless.

Summer 2024 Deferment Information

The Bursar’s Office has changed its deferment policy regarding VA education benefits, and it is effective immediately (May 29 2024). Please read this information carefully as it affects any student using any type of military education benefit. The Bursar Office may also request documentation of the type of benefits you are using.

 

Fee payment and next steps

You recently received information about your May Mini-Term and Summer 2024 Term payment. We appreciate our veteran and military-connected students, and your concerns are important to us.

I would like to share an important clarification to address concerns we have received. For students whose veterans benefits are paid to the school, you only need to pay for expenses your benefits do not cover. In addition, all students have the option to enroll in a deferred payment plan, and we will be flexible and work with you on those arrangements. We are also waiving the $30 deferred payment plan enrollment fee for May mini-term and summer term.

Further details are below. Our goal is to work with you, at the beginning of the semester, to help you understand your bill and your financial obligations, and then find options that meet your needs. We want to develop a plan with you early to set you up for financial health throughout your time at UT.

Please contact the Bursar’s Office if you have any questions or concerns at (865) 946-3100.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), TN Strong Act, VR&E Chapter 31 VA Education benefits

If you are using Chapter 33 (GI Bill), TN Strong Act, or VR&E Chapter 31 VA Education benefits, you will receive a credit on your account, in the form of a contract payment, for the costs your benefits cover. The purpose of applying the contract payment is to help students better understand, at the beginning of the semester, the costs their benefits cover and costs that they will owe. This approach is intended to prevent students from being surprised at the end of a semester about costs they need to pay.

The only expenses you are responsible for are those your benefits do not cover, and you have the option to enroll in the deferred payment plan.

Your Next Steps:

  1. Log into MyUTK and check your account. If we have documentation that you are receiving these veterans benefits, you will see a credit on your account, in the form of a contract payment, for the amount your benefits cover.
  2. If you do not see a credit, that means we do not have documentation of your veterans benefits. If you wish to use VA benefits, please ensure that you have submitted your Enrollment Certification Form to the Veterans Success Center (VSC). Once received, the VSC will submit your benefit entitlement to the Bursar’s Office, and your account will be updated.
  3. If you see a credit, the remaining balance shows the expenses your benefits do not cover. These are your out-of-pocket expenses.
  4. If you owe out-of-pocket expenses, you have three options:

1) Pay the balance for your out-of-pocket expenses by May 30,

2) Log into MyUTK and enroll in the deferred payment plan,

3) Check with the Veterans Success Center about other financial assistance available to you. Please note that additional (financial aid and/or tuition) assistance may impact your VA education benefit.

The deferred payment plan requires students to pay half their balance up front. We are waiving the normal $30 enrollment fee for the May mini-term and summer term.  If it is a hardship for you to meet the requirements of the deferred payment plan for your out-of-pocket expenses, the Bursar’s Office will work with you. Please contact us at (865) 946-3100.

Chapter 35 DEA Assistance, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 30

Stipends are sent directly to you for you to use toward your account. If you are receiving this benefit for the first time, we will place you in the deferred payment plan to allow time for you to receive your first stipend. If you are a continuing recipient, you have the option to enroll in the deferred payment plan.

Our goal is to have discussions with you at the beginning of the semester, rather than waiting to the end of a term, to help you understand your financial obligations and develop a plan to meet them. If the requirements of the deferred payment plan are a hardship, please contact the Bursar’s Office at (865) 946-3100, and our staff will work with you.

We greatly appreciate our veteran and military-connected students and are here to support you.

 

In accordance with Section 103 of Public Law 115-407, the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, the University will not impose a late fee, denial of access to facilities, or other penalty against a veteran or eligible dependent using Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) benefits because of the individual’s inability to meet their financial obligations to the University due to the delayed disbursement of a payment to be provided by the VA, effective August 1,2019.