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A Message from President Boyd: Sign Up to be a UT Promise Mentor

In March 2019, we announced the UT Promise scholarship – a new student-success-oriented scholarship that covers tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee undergraduate students who have a household income under $50,000 and are HOPE eligible. We are recruiting UT Promise volunteer mentors to invest one hour a month to serve as a resource and source of encouragement to our UT Promise … Continued

Congress Passes CARES Act; Governor Lee Issues “Safer-at-Home” Order

  Last week, Congress presented and passed the third COVID-19 relief package. The $2 trillion historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide economic relief for millions of Americans in a number of capacities including small businesses, health care, education, among others. Projections estimate Tennessee could receive approximately $3 billion of those … Continued


Legislation Tabled, Legislature to Reconvene in June

  When the legislature reconvenes on June 1, the bills below are still “live” and could impact UT if passed into law. Although it is yet to be seen whether members will take up new business when they reconvene, limit new business to a supplemental spending bill, or simply adjourn “sine die,” the UT Government … Continued


Lawmakers Pass Newly Amended Budget; Set to Reconvene in June

  Tennessee lawmakers passed Governor Bill Lee’s amended budget for fiscal year 2020-21 late Thursday night following a robust debate amongst members. Several proposed amendments to the newly proposed budget were tabled after a lengthy discussion. In light of the severe tornado damage to Middle Tennessee communities and significant estimated economic impact of the novel … Continued

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