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2017-18 Graduate Tuition and Health Insurance Rate

Every year, the University of Tennessee updates the rates for graduate student tuition and health insurance. The rates for the 2017-18 academic year became effective August 1 and should be used when preparing budgets for sponsored projects.


The new tuition rate for graduate students for the 2017-18 academic year is $626 per credit hour or $5,622 per semester. The schedule of Maintenance, Tuition, and Fees can be located at: For graduate students on a project, only the maintenance fee is charged to the sponsor. University Graduate Assistants (GA), Graduate Research Assistants (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), and Graduate Teaching Associates (TA) who are employed at least 25% time (10 hours per week) on university payroll records receive certain tuition and/or maintenance fee waivers.

Health Insurance

Every graduate student employed at least 25% time (10 hours/week) as a GA, GRA, and/or GTA will automatically be enrolled in the Graduate Student Employee Insurance Program with premiums paid by the employing department. The graduate health insurance rate for the 2017-18 academic year is set to $157 per month or $1,884 per year.  The health insurance rates are located:

Annual Increase Recommendations

OSP recommends a yearly increase of 6% for maintenance fees and 8% on graduate student health insurance when preparing budgets for externally funded projects. These rates are based on historical data and can be documented for a sponsor if requested to provide a justification of the rate. Being able to quickly provide this justification will help reduce the time required to negotiate awards with external sponsors.

If you have any questions on the current rates or inflation recommendations, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at