Public Colleges in Tennessee

The 2023 Directory of Tennessee Public Colleges and Costs

Tennessee Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend public college in Tennessee?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Tennessee was $8,149 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a change of $109 from the 2019-2020 average of $8,040 and represents a 1.36% 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 27,812 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,332. The University of Tennessee is the most expensive public school in Tennessee with an in-state tuition of $11,332.

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.

<Academic 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 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore Tennessee Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

$6,816 33 10
Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
Cleveland State Community College

Cleveland, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
Columbia State Community College

Columbia, Tennessee

$4,326 NA NA
Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee

$7,486 49 52
Jackson State Community College

Jackson, Tennessee

$4,326 NA NA
Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

$7,344 47 47
Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
Nashville State Community College

Nashville, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee

$4,414 NA NA
Southwest Tennessee Community College

Memphis, Tennessee

$4,104 NA NA
Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

$7,128 NA NA
Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee

$8,520 52 44
The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

$11,332 68 64
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

$7,992 38 30
The University of Tennessee Martin

Martin, Tennessee

$8,378 41 58
University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

$8,352 36 38