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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
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 - -
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, 16,231 Students
$7,032 37 68
Miller Motte Technical College Chattanooga
Chattanooga, 391 Students
$9,900 - -
Miller Motte Technical College Clarksville
Clarksville, 157 Students
$10,080 - -
Miller Motte Technical College Madison
Madison, 27 Students
$9,540 - -
Milligan College
Milligan College, 1,096 Students
$27,700 67 74
Motlow State Community College
Tullahoma, 3,455 Students
$3,936 - -
Nashville State Community College
Nashville, 3,538 Students
$3,936 - -
National College of Business and Technology Nashville
Nashville, 91 Students
$15,732 - -
Northeast State Community College
Blountville, 3,411 Students
$3,936 - -
Nossi College of Art
Madison, 303 Students
$17,700 - -
O'More College of Design
Franklin, 131 Students
$29,880 38 30
Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville, 5,111 Students
$3,936 - -
Remington College Memphis Campus
Memphis, 611 Students
$16,056 - -
Remington College Nashville Campus
Nashville, 265 Students
$14,906 - -
Rhodes College  Best Value
Memphis, 2,014 Students
$47,580 87 66
Roane State Community College
Harriman, 2,522 Students
$4,140 - -
Sewanee The University of the South
Sewanee, 1,744 Students
$44,848 - -
South College
Knoxville, 2,722 Students
$16,200 - -
Southern Adventist University
Collegedale, 2,352 Students
$21,100 - -
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis, 4,732 Students
$3,936 - -
Tennessee State University
Nashville, 5,666 Students
$7,684 - -
Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, 8,290 Students
$7,488 53 72
Tennessee Temple University
Chattanooga, 412 Students
$11,590 - -
Tennessee Wesleyan College
Athens, 897 Students
$23,300 52 76
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, 25,257 Students
$11,110 65 68
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, 9,802 Students
$6,888 47 69
The University of Tennessee Martin
Martin, 4,806 Students
$8,052 53 79
Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, 3,233 Students
$24,698 61 68
Tusculum College
Greeneville, 1,472 Students
$24,860 40 58
Union University
Jackson, 2,462 Students
$31,550 77 67
University of Memphis
Memphis, 13,980 Students
$7,680 38 64
University of Phoenix Chattanooga Campus
Chattanooga, 487 Students
$10,080 - -
University of Phoenix Knoxville
Knoxville, 27 Students
$9,480 - -
University of Phoenix Memphis Campus
Cordova, 1,188 Students
$10,080 - -
University of Phoenix Nashville Campus
Nashville, 1,537 Students
$9,462 - -
Vanderbilt University  Best Value
Nashville, 11,864 Students
$48,600 98 76
Vatterott Career College Memphis Appling Farms
Memphis, 255 Students
$10,241 - -
Vatterott Career College Memphis Dividend Drive
Memphis, 689 Students
$10,238 - -
Victory University
Memphis, 152 Students
$8,640 - -
Virginia College School of Business and Health
Chattanooga, 269 Students
$13,986 - -
Visible Music College
Memphis, 150 Students
$19,500 - -
Volunteer State Community College
Gallatin, 5,055 Students
$4,229 - -
Walters State Community College
Morristown, 2,995 Students
$3,936 - -
Watkins College of Art Design & Film
Nashville, 160 Students
$22,500 42 19
William Moore College of Technology
Memphis, 118 Students
$7,080 - -
Williamson Christian College
Franklin, 44 Students
$12,825 - -