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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
Fisk University
Nashville, 749 Students
$19,624 37 22
Fortis Institute
Cookeville, 214 Students
$15,101 - -
Fortis Institute Nashville
Nashville, 379 Students
$14,801 - -
Fountainhead College of Technology
Knoxville, 88 Students
$14,550 - -
Free Will Baptist Bible College
Nashville, 242 Students
$19,012 - -
Freed Hardeman University
Henderson, 1,364 Students
$21,950 47 64
Hiwassee College
Madisonville, 244 Students
$18,484 25 48
Jackson State Community College
Jackson, 2,350 Students
$3,936 - -
John A Gupton College
Nashville, 49 Students
$10,418 - -
Johnson University
Knoxville, 780 Students
$14,880 56 72
King College
Bristol, 1,792 Students
$28,104 52 65
L'Ecole Culinaire
Cordova, 272 Students
$12,351 - -
Lane College
Jackson, 1,184 Students
$9,000 - -
Le Moyne Owen College
Memphis, 761 Students
$10,776 - -
Lee University
Cleveland, 3,975 Students
$17,040 48 64
Lincoln Memorial University
Harrogate, 3,824 Students
$21,480 55 66
Lipscomb University
Nashville, 4,211 Students
$29,676 74 66
Martin Methodist College
Pulaski, 775 Students
$22,746 - -
Maryville College
Maryville, 1,102 Students
$34,070 73 74
Memphis College of Art
Memphis, 103 Students
$32,400 - -