a current student here
Compared to several universities in East Tennessee, UT has a bad reputation for being a little pricey for those who aren't eligible for much financial aid. My advice to anyone that is struggling with rounding up scholarship money for college, get out there and apply, apply, apply, because that's the only way you are going to get what you want. As far as the bang for the buck, you get out of it what you put in. As I have said before, UT is full of potential opportunities and you're going to get your money's worth... You just have to figure out what is right for you.