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Tennessee Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend college in Tennessee?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Tennessee was $15,638 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is $1,231 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Tennessee in the middle of the pack as the 19th most expensive and 34th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $805 from the 2015-2016 average of $14,833 and represents a 5.43% annual increase. The list of Tennessee colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 86 colleges and universities in Tennessee, the most popular being The University of Tennessee with 25,257 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,110. Vanderbilt University is the most expensive in Tennessee with an in-state tuition of $48,600.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. Tennessee colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in Tennessee or cheap Tennessee colleges guide.

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 ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore Tennessee Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
American Baptist College
Nashville, 98 Students
$8,760 - -
Aquinas College
Nashville, 225 Students
$21,350 70 70
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, 7,325 Students
$6,576 25 48
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
Memphis, 494 Students
$10,560 58 82
Belmont University  Best Value
Nashville, 7,521 Students
$32,720 62 43
Bethel University
McKenzie, 3,555 Students
$15,292 43 66
Bryan College
Dayton, 705 Students
$26,800 70 78
Carson Newman College
Jefferson City, 1,839 Students
$26,700 53 65
Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers
Chattanooga, 283 Students
$10,665 - -
Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga, 4,072 Students
$3,744 - -
Christian Brothers University
Memphis, 1,525 Students
$31,900 59 71
Cleveland State Community College
Cleveland, 1,656 Students
$3,936 - -
Columbia State Community College
Columbia, 3,110 Students
$3,936 - -
Cumberland University
Lebanon, 1,758 Students
$21,840 39 40
Daymar College Clarksville
Clarksville, 503 Students
$15,000 - -
Daymar College Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro, 109 Students
$15,000 - -
Daymar College Nashville
Nashville, 74 Students
$15,000 - -
DeVry University Tennessee
Memphis, 161 Students
$15,835 - -
Dyersburg State Community College
Dyersburg, 1,204 Students
$3,936 - -
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, 11,515 Students
$7,080 43 68