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Cheapest Colleges in Tennessee by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of Tennessee these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in Tennessee list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our Tennessee tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in Tennessee are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2017/2018 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in Tennessee? Leading the colleges list is Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences in Memphis with an in state total cost of $15,953.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Tennessee's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$15,953
In State Total Cost
1) Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
Memphis, Private Not For Profit
73 87
$16,452
In State Total Cost
2) University of Phoenix Nashville Campus
Nashville, Private For Profit
- -
$16,462
In State Total Cost
3) The University of Tennessee Martin
Martin, Public Not For Profit
52 83
$16,470
In State Total Cost
4) University of Phoenix Knoxville
Knoxville, Private For Profit
- -
$17,070
In State Total Cost
5) University of Phoenix Memphis Campus
Cordova, Private For Profit
- -
$17,070
In State Total Cost
6) University of Phoenix Chattanooga Campus
Chattanooga, Private For Profit
- -
$17,721
In State Total Cost
7) East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Public Not For Profit
38 61
$17,776
In State Total Cost
8) Tennessee State University
Nashville, Public Not For Profit
- -
$18,544
In State Total Cost
9) Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Public Not For Profit
49 77
$18,546
In State Total Cost
10) Le Moyne Owen College
Memphis, Private Not For Profit
- -
$19,164
In State Total Cost
11) The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Public Not For Profit
42 71
$19,260
In State Total Cost
12) Lane College
Jackson, Private Not For Profit
- -
$19,686
In State Total Cost
13) Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Public Not For Profit
28 59
$19,960
In State Total Cost
14) Tennessee Temple University
Chattanooga, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,098
In State Total Cost
15) University of Memphis
Memphis, Public Not For Profit
53 76
$20,213
In State Total Cost
16) Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, Public Not For Profit
59 76
$20,214
In State Total Cost
17) American Baptist College
Nashville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,876
In State Total Cost
18) Victory University
Memphis, Private For Profit
- -
$21,570
In State Total Cost
19) Daymar Institute Nashville
Nashville, Private For Profit
- -
$21,570
In State Total Cost
20) Daymar Institute Clarksville
Clarksville, Private For Profit
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