Tennessee Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend public college in Tennessee?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Tennessee was $7,514 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a change of $466 from the 2015-2016 average of $7,048 and represents a 6.61% annual increase. The list of Tennessee public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of Tennessee and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 22 public colleges and universities in Tennessee, the most popular being The University of Tennessee with 24,535 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,110. The University of Tennessee is the most expensive public school in Tennessee with an in-state tuition of $11,110.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Explore Tennessee Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, 7,204 Students
$6,384 28 59
Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga, 4,135 Students
$3,744 - -
Cleveland State Community College
Cleveland, 1,709 Students
$3,840 - -
Columbia State Community College
Columbia, 2,607 Students
$3,840 - -
Dyersburg State Community College
Dyersburg, 1,253 Students
$4,032 - -
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, 11,211 Students
$6,888 38 61
Jackson State Community College
Jackson, 2,286 Students
$3,840 - -
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, 16,807 Students
$6,840 49 77
Motlow State Community College
Tullahoma, 3,334 Students
$3,840 - -
Nashville State Community College
Nashville, 3,747 Students
$3,840 - -
Northeast State Community College
Blountville, 3,382 Students
$3,840 - -
Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville, 5,125 Students
$3,840 - -
Roane State Community College
Harriman, 2,602 Students
$3,840 - -
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis, 4,299 Students
$3,840 - -
Tennessee State University
Nashville, 6,396 Students
$6,726 - -
Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, 8,746 Students
$7,296 59 76
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, 24,535 Students
$11,110 64 72
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, 9,495 Students
$6,888 42 71
The University of Tennessee Martin
Martin, 5,015 Students
$7,818 52 83
University of Memphis
Memphis, 14,391 Students
$7,680 53 76