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Fee Appeal

How to appeal a fee

Fee appeals must be submitted within 60 days of the end of the term for which the adjustment is being requested.  Late requests will not be considered. Consultation from the Office of the Bursar is required prior to filing an appeal.

Please allow 4-6 weeks from the date all documentation is complete for our committee to come to a decision on your appeal.

Students have the right to submit an appeal for an exception to the refund policy published by the University if extenuating circumstance(s) exist. To be considered for an appeal, the following must be completed:

  1. The appeal form: Download as PDF
  2. A written statement from the student stating reason for appeal
  3. Third-party documentation supporting the appeal (professional documentation: physician letter, death certificate, police report, etc.)

The University will consider fee appeals based on the following criteria:

  • Appeals will be based on last date of attendance which may result in a balance due.
  • Medical reasons for you or a family member: Medical Emergency must occur after the start of the semester for which the refund is requested.  Pre-existing medical emergencies or conditions are not grounds for a refund.
  • Death of the student or immediate family member: Death must occur after the start of the semester for which the refund is being requested. (Immediate family includes spouse, mother, father, legal guardian, sibling, child, or grandparent). Appeal must be supported by a copy of death certificate and obituary notice.
  • Military duty (must be accompanied by a copy of official orders and discussed with the Veteran’s Resource Center).
  • Non-Attendance. Must be first time enrollment at The University of Tennessee Knoxville with zero attendance. Supporting documentation must be provided by the student to show full/half time registration and attendance at another higher education institution during the same term as the appeal. Documentation should include professor(s) confirmation of non-attendance in class(es), and any additional information that would have caused student to not withdraw prior to the official start date of classes for the semester in which the appeal is requested.
  • Documentation dates must coincide with the term in question.
  • Appeals must demonstrate a significant disruption to the student’s ability to successfully complete coursework.

    The University will not consider fee appeals based on:

    • Failure to read the published University refund policy.
    • Lack of attendance in a class(es). Students must process an official registration/schedule adjustment form.
    • Disciplinary dismissal

    Note for financial aid recipients

    Financial aid recipients: Your financial aid and student account will be adjusted to reflect any financial changes that may result from a successful appeal, i.e., revised charges and revised financial aid.

    This could result in you owing a balance to The University of Tennessee for charges paid by financial aid and for any financial aid refund money you received directly but did not earn based on your non-attendance.