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GSS Academic Support Awards

Thank you for your interest in the GSS Academic Support Award. As of November 11th, 2022, we are no longer able to process your form submission this academic year. Due to high demand, all funds for this academic year have been allocated to graduate and professional students.

In transparency, we allocated $100,000 for this award from the Dean of the Graduate School. We then received an additional $50,000 in rolled over funds from the Provost’s Office. We have awarded over 350 students, with an average award amount of almost $350.
If you are eligible, please review the GSS Travel Awards website to receive support through that award.
Sincerely,
GSS Leadership

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The Graduate Student Senate is sponsoring an academic support reimbursement program to help graduate and professional students with costs associated with research, academic training, and professional development. To be eligible, the applicant must be a graduate or professional student enrolled for at least one credit in a degree program at UT.

Expenses that can be covered:

  • Books, including e-books
  • Professional membership fees
  • Registration for attending virtual conferences or professional development workshops
  • Fees for professional exams
  • School supplies
  • Software
  • Research supplies or equipment
  • Professional journal subscriptions
  • Regalia
  • Computers, Tablets, and necessary accessories (like a monitor, a mouse, or a keyboard) for academic purposes (including their repair)

Examples of expenses that cannot be reimbursed:

  • UT tuition and fees
  • Personal items
  • Office furniture
  • Travel costs
  • Registration for in-person conferences

Students interested in reimbursement should submit the Academic Support Reimbursement Form and attach receipts and proof of payment for each item listed. The form and receipts should be emailed to gss-acad-support@utk.edu.

Acceptable receipts must include the following:

  • Date of purchase
  • Name of vendor
  • Name and cost of each item purchased.
  • Proof of purchase (credit card purchases should include the name of the student on the receipt; otherwise, the receipt should indicate a cash sale)
  • Total amount of the purchase

Please note that order forms are not acceptable as receipts. Reimbursement may include taxes and shipping, if these costs are included on the receipt. However, you will not be reimbursed for any credits applied to the purchase such as gift cards, reward points, or other promotional discounts. Students may only submit one Academic Support request each semester, and the total of all requests cannot exceed $400. In an attempt to help fund as many students as possible, students are allowed only one GSS Travel Award or GSS Academic Support Award per year. In full transparency, these funds are not guaranteed at any time.

Deadlines for GSS Academic Support

  • Requests for items purchased between July 1, 2022, and November 30, 2022, must be submitted by December 15, 2022
  • Requests for items purchased between December 1, 2022, and May 23, 2023, must be submitted by May 31, 2023
  • Requests submitted after this deadline cannot be fulfilled

Students will be notified by email of the amount to be received and funds will be disbursed to the student’s MyUTK account through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Students with existing student loans should check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine whether the Academic Support Award will impact these loans amounts. Funding may be subject to taxation. Any questions about academic support should be directed to gss-acad-support@utk.edu for a prompt response.