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.

Keep in mind that 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 methodology for the list below is solely 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.

Another affordable option for Tennessee students is to study at a community college for two years, then progress to a full four year college to earn your bachelors degree. A comprehensive list of Tennessee community colleges can be found here with annual tuition that may be cheaper than four year colleges.

Academic Score is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Colleges which are "not ranked" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score.

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.

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Tennessee's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
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1 Tennessee State University
Nashville, Public
$5,568
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2 Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Public
$5,592
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3 Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, Public
$5,808
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4 East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Public
$5,904
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5 Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Public
$5,928
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6 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Public
$6,064
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7 The University of Tennessee Martin
Martin, Public
$6,336
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8 University of Memphis
Memphis, Public
$7,056
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9 Lane College
Jackson, Private
$8,380
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10 Victory University
Memphis, Private
$8,640
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11 American Baptist College
Nashville, Private
$8,688
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12 Williamson Christian College
Franklin, Private
$9,450
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13 University of Phoenix Nashville Campus
Nashville, Private
$9,462
14 University of Phoenix Knoxville
Knoxville, Private
$9,480
15 The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Public
$9,780
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16 Johnson University
Knoxville, Private
$9,950
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17 University of Phoenix Memphis Campus
Cordova, Private
$10,080
18 University of Phoenix Chattanooga Campus
Chattanooga, Private
$10,080
19 Le Moyne Owen College
Memphis, Private
$10,460
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20 Tennessee Temple University
Chattanooga, Private
$11,250
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