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Tennessee Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend community college in Tennessee?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in Tennessee was $8,095 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $342 from the 2015-2016 average of $7,753 and represents a 4.41% annual increase. The list of Tennessee community colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, provide an excellent money saving opportunity for those concerned with college costs. Many students are choosing to begin their education at community colleges for two years, taking advantage of their lower cost. Then after two years transferring to a full four year institution to pursue a full bachelors degree or higher. Most community colleges also have the benefit of open admission policies.  

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 13 community colleges and universities in Tennessee, the most popular being Pellissippi State Community College with 5,111 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $3,936. Volunteer State Community College is the most expensive community school in Tennessee with an in-state tuition of $4,229.

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
Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga, 4,072 Students
$3,744 - -
Cleveland State Community College
Cleveland, 1,656 Students
$3,936 - -
Columbia State Community College
Columbia, 3,110 Students
$3,936 - -
Dyersburg State Community College
Dyersburg, 1,204 Students
$3,936 - -
Jackson State Community College
Jackson, 2,350 Students
$3,936 - -
Motlow State Community College
Tullahoma, 3,455 Students
$3,936 - -
Nashville State Community College
Nashville, 3,538 Students
$3,936 - -
Northeast State Community College
Blountville, 3,411 Students
$3,936 - -
Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville, 5,111 Students
$3,936 - -
Roane State Community College
Harriman, 2,522 Students
$4,140 - -
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis, 4,732 Students
$3,936 - -
Volunteer State Community College
Gallatin, 5,055 Students
$4,229 - -
Walters State Community College
Morristown, 2,995 Students
$3,936 - -