Tennessee Out of State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in Tennessee by Out of State Total Cost for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in Tennessee by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in Tennessee but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in Tennessee for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published out of state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in Tennessee list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our Tennessee tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in Tennessee are listed by one year's out of state total cost list price for the 2018/2019 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in Tennessee? Leading the colleges list is University of Phoenix Nashville Campus in Nashville with an out of state total cost of $16,452.

Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc rating of a college's overall academics and effectiveness. The score ranges from zero to one hundred, with fifty being the median for all eligible colleges. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average price paid by students. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

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Tennessee's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
College Out of State Total Cost Rating Value
#41 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Public Not For Profit

$36,674 40 31
#42 East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Public Not For Profit

$36,924 49 46
#43 Bryan College

Dayton, Private Not For Profit

$36,950 NA NA
#44 Tusculum College

Greeneville, Private Not For Profit

$37,164 25 13
#45 Watkins College of Art Design & Film

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$37,750 49 8
#46 Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Public Not For Profit

$37,978 45 42
#47 O'More College of Design

Franklin, Private Not For Profit

$38,130 33 3
#48 Carson Newman College

Jefferson City, Private Not For Profit

$39,224 47 60
#49 King College

Bristol, Private Not For Profit

$41,160 49 46
#50 Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Private Not For Profit

$43,670 NA NA
#51 Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Private Not For Profit

$44,233 51 68
#52 The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Public Not For Profit

$44,534 67 61
#53 Union University

Jackson, Private Not For Profit

$45,750 72 74
#54 Lipscomb University

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$48,204 68 73
#55 Maryville College

Maryville, Private Not For Profit

$48,532 47 65
#56 Belmont University

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$49,570 63 25
#57 Sewanee The University of the South

Sewanee, Private Not For Profit

$60,940 80 79
#58 Rhodes College

Memphis, Private Not For Profit

$61,954 78 89
#59 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$70,274 97 98