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Cheapest Colleges in Tennessee by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in Tennessee but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in Tennessee for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of 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 out of 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 Out of State Total Cost
Out of State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$15,953
Out of State Total Cost
1) Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
Memphis, Private Not For Profit
73 87
$16,452
Out of State Total Cost
2) University of Phoenix Nashville Campus
Nashville, Private For Profit
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$16,470
Out of State Total Cost
3) University of Phoenix Knoxville
Knoxville, Private For Profit
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$17,070
Out of State Total Cost
4) University of Phoenix Memphis Campus
Cordova, Private For Profit
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$17,070
Out of State Total Cost
5) University of Phoenix Chattanooga Campus
Chattanooga, Private For Profit
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$18,546
Out of State Total Cost
6) Le Moyne Owen College
Memphis, Private Not For Profit
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$19,260
Out of State Total Cost
7) Lane College
Jackson, Private Not For Profit
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$19,960
Out of State Total Cost
8) Tennessee Temple University
Chattanooga, Private Not For Profit
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$20,214
Out of State Total Cost
9) American Baptist College
Nashville, Private Not For Profit
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$20,876
Out of State Total Cost
10) Victory University
Memphis, Private For Profit
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$21,570
Out of State Total Cost
11) Daymar Institute Nashville
Nashville, Private For Profit
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$21,570
Out of State Total Cost
12) Daymar Institute Clarksville
Clarksville, Private For Profit
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$21,570
Out of State Total Cost
13) Daymar Institute Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro, Private For Profit
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$22,222
Out of State Total Cost
14) The University of Tennessee Martin
Martin, Public Not For Profit
52 83
$22,538
Out of State Total Cost
15) Johnson University
Knoxville, Private Not For Profit
72 82
$22,852
Out of State Total Cost
16) Virginia College School of Business and Health
Chattanooga, Private For Profit
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$23,132
Out of State Total Cost
17) Fountainhead College of Technology
Knoxville, Private For Profit
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$23,769
Out of State Total Cost
18) DeVry University Tennessee
Memphis, Private For Profit
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$23,850
Out of State Total Cost
19) Williamson Christian College
Franklin, Private Not For Profit
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$23,900
Out of State Total Cost
20) Nossi College of Art
Madison, Private For Profit
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