Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I apply for scholarships at UTC?
A. Please use the How To Apply link on the left menu as a guide to accessing the UTC Online Scholarship Application. This is the ONLY application needed to be considered for the Chancellor's, Provost's, Mocs, and Transfer Scholars programs, as well as the Chattanooga YES Grant. Additionally, the UTC Scholarship Office will use this application to award some Endowed and Departmental scholarships. Interested students can Click Here to view ALL Endowed and Departmental Scholarships. PLEASE NOTE: Any Scholarship listed that directs you to a Departmental website will require a SEPARATE application. Students can use the link provided to contact the Department to obtain the application.
Q. I began my UTC Online Scholarship Application, but didn't complete & submit it. How do I access the application again?
A. You can use the How To Apply link on the left menu as a guide to revisit your application.
Q. If I meet the criteria for a scholarship, am I guaranteed to receive it?
A. Unfortunately, no. UTC scholarship funds are limited and the awarding process is competitive. Meeting the eligibility requirements does NOT guarantee a student will receive a scholarship. The best way to improve your candidacy is to always submit any/all required materials as soon as possible.
Q. When are UTC scholarships awarded?
A. Offers for the traditional First-Time Freshmen scholarships (Chancellor's, Provost's, Mocs) will be sent to selected candidates as early as mid-fall 2014 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Since the the Chattanooga YES! is dependent on demonstrated financial need, we will not send offers until late April 2015 to allow students/parents time to file the FAFSA & complete any Financial Aid requirements. The Transfer Scholarship will be awarded early July 2015. We plan to award additional endowed scholarships from mid-May 2015 through early July.
Q. Do all students receive notification from the Scholarship Office, even if they are not selected for a scholarship?
A. No, only students who receive scholarships will be notified. For most institutional scholarships, selected candidates receive an award notification letter through the US Mail. Candidates must return the award notification by the due date in the letter (US Mail, fax, e-mail, or hand-delivery is acceptable). Students cannot 'Accept' an 'Offered' scholarship that is listed in their Award Summary on the MocsNet.
Q. Must I complete the FAFSA before I can even begin completing the UTC Online Scholarship Application?
A. No. We STRONGLY encourage you to ALWAYS complete the application(s) as SOON as Possible. The scholarship application opens August 15th for First-Time Freshmen, Continuing and Transfer students. This application is used to award funds for the NEXT academic year. The federal FAFSA opens on January 1st of each year. Please, do NOT delay in submitting either of these applications because UTC scholarship funds are LIMITED; and some federal and some State of TN funds are limited as well.
Q. What is the deadline to apply for scholarships at UTC?
A. We trust that students and parents alike will instead consider when an application is Available, and not the Deadline. With this in mind, the UTC Online Scholarship Application opens August 15th for First-Time Freshmen, Continuing Students and Transfer students. These applications are used to award funds for the NEXT academic year. The deadline for the UTC Scholarship Application is the following February 1st for First-Time Freshmen/Continuing Students and July 1st for New Transfer students. The federal FAFSA opens on January 1st of each year. Please, do NOT delay in submitting either of these applications because UTC scholarship funds are LIMITED; and some federal and some State of TN funds are limited as well.
Q. I have not yet received notice of my acceptance to UTC, but I want to apply for scholarships. How do I log on to the online scholarship application?
A. Unfortunately, you must first be accepted to the University. Your login credentials, your UTC ID, will be provided in the ‘Welcome Packet’ mailed to you from the Admissions Office. Newly admitted students should also receive a short Welcome e-mail to the address the student used in the Admissions application. This e-mail will also contain the UTC ID# which can be used to assist in accessing the scholarship application.
Q. Where do I find information on scholarships available to First-Time Freshmen?
A. Please review the Chancellor’s, Provost’s, Mocs, and Chattanooga YES information on the left menu under the Renewable Scholarships link. These awards are Renewable for up to three additional years based on the student’s academic performance. Students must be entering the University in the Fall term. Additionally, we always strongly encourage students to pursue outside sources for scholarships. Students can use the Outside Scholarship & the Other Helpful Resources links on the Scholarship home page as a starting point.
Q. Where do I find information on scholarships available to returning (Continuing) students?
A. Please review the Search Scholarships link on the left menu. There, you can select the View All command to see gifted funds/scholarships. Some of these funds are awarded using the UTC Online Scholarship Application. HOWEVER, some of the scholarships refer the student to a UTC departmental web site. In these instances, students MUST contact the department to begin a separate application process.
Q. Where do I find information on scholarships available to New Transfer students?
A. Students wishing to apply for the Transfer Scholars program must be entering the University in the Fall term and must complete a separate UTC Online Scholarship Application. However, if you enter in the spring semester, you may complete a Continuing Student Scholarship Application for the next fall and be considered for additional endowed awards. In order to access & complete the scholarship application, you must be admitted to UTC and have your UTC ID. Additionally, you are always encouraged to contact your academic department for departmental scholarship information.
Q. How do I find scholarships other than the ones offered through UTC?
A. From our home page, please visit the ‘Outside Scholarship’ and ‘Helpful Resources’ links. Both provide more information on outside awards and/or tips for searching.
Q. How do I check to see if my online scholarship application has been received by the Scholarship Office?
A. Reviewing/following the steps in the How To Apply link will take you to your Online Scholarship Manager. This is where you can always review your Online Scholarship Application current status.
Q. When I try to access the online scholarship application through the link on the Money tab, I receive an Internet Explorer error. Why is this happening?
A. We apologize for any inconvenience you may be having. You may need to check the security settings on the computer that you are using. If it is not a personal (home) computer, the administrator may have pop-ups blocked or high security settings. If this is a personal, home computer you are using, then we suggest that you begin by adding https://utc.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com as a 'trusted site' on the Security Tab in the Internet Options link under the Tools menu. Then, Delete your cookies & Reboot your computer.
Q. How do I check to see if my recommenders have completed their online recommendations?
A. Reviewing/following the steps in the How To Apply link will take you to your Online Scholarship Manager. This is where you can always review the status of your recommendations.
Q. Can my recommenders submit a paper letter of recommendation?
A. We ask that all recommenders complete the online recommendation. If your recommender states he/she is having difficulty with the online recommendations, please let them know they can call or email our office for assistance (call 423-425-5790 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q. When will the Academic Service Scholarship Program be awarded?
A. Selected recipients are not awarded, traditionally, until April or May.
Q. Can I receive more than one scholarship from UTC by completing the UTC Online Scholarship Application?
A. No. Scholarships awarded using the online scholarship application will not be stacked. However, if the student receives a departmental award, he/she can receive both.
Q. If I am transferring to UTC from another State of TN school, will UTC honor a scholarship that I received at my previous school?
A. Unfortunately, institutional awards/scholarships from other schools do not typically transfer with the student. It is always important to refer back to the award notification that you received for the scholarship to determine the attributes of the award.
Q. I received a scholarship award notification, but I plan on retaking the ACT (or SAT) before I graduate from high school. If I earn a higher score that would qualify me for the next higher level of first-time freshmen scholarships, am I automatically upgraded?
A. Awards are not automatically upgraded. If a student has already accepted their initial offer, then earns a higher GPA/ACT, the student can notify the Director of UTC Admissions via e-mail. By April, a review of funds would have to occur before any upgrades are considered.
Q. How do I ‘Accept’ a scholarship that is ‘Offered’ on my MocsNet?
A. Students cannot ‘Accept’ any scholarships through their MyMocsNet. For most institutional scholarships, the student receives an award notification through US Mail. The student makes their decision to accept or decline the award in writing, then returns the award notification to the UTC Scholarship Office (e-mail, fax, US Mail, or hand-delivery is acceptable). The only exception to this is scholarships awarded directly by a UTC department. Those funds are immediately entered as ‘Accepted’ on the student’s behalf.
Q. I received a scholarship award notification. Does accepting a scholarship represent a binding commitment?
A. No, it does not. However, if your plans change and you decide not to attend UTC, we appreciate you notifying our office as soon as possible.
Q. What do I need to do to renew my Chancellor’s, Provost’s, Mocs, Chattanooga YES, Academic Service or Transfer Scholarship?
A. We strongly encourage all scholarship recipients to keep a personal file containing their acceptance letters, scholarship award notifications, and/or agreements. Please refer to the scholarship award notification you originally received from UTC. If you do not have access to that, please contact the UTC Scholarship Office (e-mail email@example.com or call 423-425-5790).
Q. Can my residual ACT test score be used to qualify for scholarships at UTC?
A. No, residual test scores are not considered for scholarship purposes.
Q. Does UTC ‘super score’ the ACT?
A. No, UTC Admissions does not super score the ACT results.
Q. Do I have to do a new Online Scholarship Application each year to be considered for scholarships?
A. Generally, Yes, we ask that students complete a new Online Scholarship Application each year. While some scholarships do not require this, it is strongly suggested and offers the student a safeguard in the event of unforeseen circumstances. In addition, we strongly encourage students to keep copies of all scholarship award letters as these may indicate if a new UTC Online Scholarship Application is required each year.
Q. Do I have to do a FAFSA each year as well?
A. Yes, it is strongly suggested that ALL students complete the federal FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) EACH YEAR. Remember, NEVER PAY a fee to have your FAFSA processed. The FAFSA is available beginning January 1st of each year and again, we strongly encourage ALL students to complete this federal application as soon after this date as possible. TIP: DO NOT wait on your tax documents (w-2’s/1099’s, etc). The FAFSA application will allow you to ESTIMATE your tax information. It is suggested that you use the previous year’s tax return data to complete the new FAFSA. Since some federal and some State of TN funds are limited, it is STRONGLY recommended that you complete the FAFSA in EARLY January.
Q. I have more questions, where can I find help?
A. Call the Scholarship Office at 423-425-5790, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us in Room 202 of the University Center. We are in a suite adjacent to the UC Auditorium. Our fax number is 423-425-5789 if needed.
Q. Any other advice?
A. With all the forms, deadlines and acronyms that are involved, the scholarship & financial aid process can seem very confusing. Your best strategy is to apply early, read and follow all instructions, keep copies of documents and respond promptly to follow-up requests. Please call on us at 423-425-5790 or visit us in Room 202 of the University Center if you have concerns.