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.

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.

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

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