Cheapest Colleges in Tennessee by In State Tuition

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 tuition. 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 tuition 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 net price.

The most affordable four year colleges in Tennessee are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2013/2014 school year.

What is the cheapest college in Tennessee? Leading our colleges list is Tennessee State University in Nashville with an in state tuition of $5,568.

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 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Tennessee's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
College In State Tuition Rating $Value
1 Tennessee State University
Nashville, Public
$5,568 n/a n/a
2 Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Public
$5,592 30 66
3 Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, Public
$5,808 46 75
4 East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Public
$5,904 36 62
5 Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Public
$5,928 42 78
6 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Public
$6,064 39 67
7 The University of Tennessee Martin
Martin, Public
$6,336 38 79
8 University of Memphis
Memphis, Public
$7,056 49 79
9 Lane College
Jackson, Private
$8,380 n/a n/a
10 Victory University
Memphis, Private
$8,640 n/a n/a
11 American Baptist College
Nashville, Private
$8,688 n/a n/a
12 Williamson Christian College
Franklin, Private
$9,450 n/a n/a
13 University of Phoenix Nashville Campus
Nashville, Private
$9,462 n/a n/a
14 University of Phoenix Knoxville
Knoxville, Private
$9,480 n/a n/a
15 The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Public
$9,780 69 80
16 Johnson University
Knoxville, Private
$9,950 59 78
17 University of Phoenix Memphis Campus
Cordova, Private
$10,080 n/a n/a
18 University of Phoenix Chattanooga Campus
Chattanooga, Private
$10,080 n/a n/a
19 Le Moyne Owen College
Memphis, Private
$10,460 n/a n/a
20 Tennessee Temple University
Chattanooga, Private
$11,250 42 57


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