Online colleges in Tennessee offer degree programs in 93 different colleges. The University of Tennessee offers 40 online degree programs. In 2008, the Tennessee Board of Education made high quality online education available to all high school graduates. Applications for admissions are available online.
The University of Tennessee enrolls 49,000 students annually and makes online degrees accessible to working professionals. A few distinctive online programs offered by U of T include: criminal justice; education; health and human services; social work; and veterinary science. The University of Tennessee employs 8,000 instructors and offers more than 6,000 courses to more than 25,000 online students annually.
Tennessee Promise for high school seniors may be applied to online associates degrees or courses leading to technical certification. Tennessee Promise actively mentors high school graduates, who attend any of Tennessee’s 27 colleges and universities or 13 community colleges immediately after graduation from high school.
Financial aid for online college degree programs is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which students must complete annually. Tuition at Tennessee’s Community Colleges costs $4,000 annually compared to $8,000 annually in Tennessee’s four-year colleges and universities. The online student must be a Tennessee resident and maintain satisfactory academic progress.