Tennessee Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend public college in Tennessee?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Tennessee was $7,732 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $684 from the 2015-2016 average of $7,048 and represents a 9.7% 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 25,257 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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore Tennessee Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, 7,325 Students
$6,576 25 48
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 - -
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, 11,515 Students
$7,080 43 68
Jackson State Community College
Jackson, 2,350 Students
$3,936 - -
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, 16,231 Students
$7,032 37 68
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 - -
Tennessee State University
Nashville, 5,666 Students
$7,684 - -
Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, 8,290 Students
$7,488 53 72
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
University of Memphis
Memphis, 13,980 Students
$7,680 38 64