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KNOXVILLE—Spring may still be several weeks away, but at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 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 (TELS) Program, to help them pay for summer school.

“There are many advantages to taking summer courses, including smaller classes, a more relaxed campus, and an even more focused learning environment,” said Susan Martin, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Summer school students often find summer jobs or internships, gaining valuable professional experience and earning some spending money while taking classes. The summer is also a good time to study abroad.”

Students planning to attend summer school must already have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the current academic year. Also, by April 1, they should complete a UT Summer Aid Request Form, which is available online.

To qualify for the HOPE Scholarship during the summer, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and meet GPA requirements. The HOPE Scholarship cannot be used for the UT mini-term.

UT students who qualify for the HOPE scholarship can receive up to $6,000 per year. The award is divided equally between fall, spring and summer semesters. Awards are prorated for students who take fewer than twelve credit hours.

The HOPE program has a 120-hour cap on the number of hours for which students can use the scholarship money, with exceptions for certain majors and programs.

Priority registration for summer school began on February 29. Registration opened for seniors on Tuesday. Today, juniors could begin registering. Sophomores follow on March 13 and freshmen on March 15.

Current UT students can find out more by logging onto the MyUTK portal.

Summer school registration continues until classes begin.

The summer school timetable is available on the Office of the Registrar website.

Here are some important dates to remember:

  • May 9, 2012—Mini session begins
  • May 30—Mini session ends
  • May 31—First and full summer sessions begin
  • July 3—First summer session ends
  • July 5—Second summer session begins
  • August 7—Second and full summer sessions end

For more information about summer school,visit the summer school website.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,