Admission / Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid
Admission decisions are made without regard to financial need. If you indicate your interest in financial aid on the application form, we will notify the University’s financial aid office to send you relevant information about Federal Student Aid. Bethany Denton is the University's Loan Specialist attached to the School of Letters. She may be reached at (931) 598-1312 or at
The Bill and Leslye Altemeier Scholarship
The Altemeier Scholarship will be awarded to a public school teacher in the 2015 entering class. Thanks to the generosity of Bill and Leslye Altemeier of San Antonio, the award will cover the recipient’s full tuition for four summers of classwork at the School of Letters and a fifth year to be spent on additional classwork or on writing an original thesis. Students may pursue either the MA or the MFA degree. Applications must be received by March 1.

The William Peterfield Trent Scholarships
Applicants to the MA program can also apply for the William Peterfield Trent scholarship, named for the distinguished Sewanee English professor (1888-1900) and founding editor of the Sewanee Review. These merit-based scholarships will cover 20% of tuition and are renewable for each year the recipient continues to make satisfactory progress toward the degree.​