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
#1 University of Phoenix Nashville Campus

Nashville, Private For Profit

$16,452 NA NA
#2 University of Phoenix Knoxville

Knoxville, Private For Profit

$16,470 NA NA
#3 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

Memphis, Private Not For Profit

$16,920 59 92
#4 University of Phoenix Memphis Campus

Cordova, Private For Profit

$17,070 NA NA
#5 University of Phoenix Chattanooga Campus

Chattanooga, Private For Profit

$17,070 NA NA
#6 Le Moyne Owen College

Memphis, Private Not For Profit

$18,546 14 6
#7 Tennessee Temple University

Chattanooga, Private Not For Profit

$19,960 NA NA
#8 Lane College

Jackson, Private Not For Profit

$20,100 NA NA
#9 Victory University

Memphis, Private For Profit

$20,876 NA NA
#10 American Baptist College

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$22,614 NA NA
#11 Virginia College School of Business and Health

Chattanooga, Private For Profit

$22,852 NA NA
#12 Fountainhead College of Technology

Knoxville, Private For Profit

$23,132 NA NA
#13 The University of Tennessee Martin

Martin, Public Not For Profit

$23,584 48 72
#14 DeVry University Tennessee

Memphis, Private For Profit

$23,769 NA NA
#15 Nossi College of Art

Madison, Private For Profit

$23,900 NA NA
#16 Johnson University

Knoxville, Private Not For Profit

$25,066 51 32
#17 Daymar College Nashville

Nashville, Private For Profit

$25,240 NA NA
#18 Williamson Christian College

Franklin, Private Not For Profit

$25,350 NA NA
#19 University of Memphis

Memphis, Public Not For Profit

$25,527 41 46
#20 Daymar College Clarksville

Clarksville, Private For Profit

$25,740 NA NA
#21 Daymar College Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Private For Profit

$25,840 NA NA
#22 Visible Music College

Memphis, Private Not For Profit

$26,250 39 5
#23 Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Public Not For Profit

$26,939 31 10
#24 Bethel University

McKenzie, Private Not For Profit

$27,408 24 14
#25 Free Will Baptist Bible College

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$28,310 NA NA
#26 Lee University

Cleveland, Private Not For Profit

$28,695 37 28
#27 Hiwassee College

Madisonville, Private Not For Profit

$29,358 NA NA
#28 Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Private Not For Profit

$31,260 NA NA
#29 Aquinas College

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$32,000 69 74
#30 Freed Hardeman University

Henderson, Private Not For Profit

$32,200 43 57
#31 Tennessee State University

Nashville, Public Not For Profit

$32,244 NA NA
#32 Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Private Not For Profit

$32,390 57 69
#33 South College

Knoxville, Private For Profit

$33,110 NA NA
#34 Cumberland University

Lebanon, Private Not For Profit

$33,220 33 2
#35 Tennessee Wesleyan College

Athens, Private Not For Profit

$34,600 46 83
#36 Martin Methodist College

Pulaski, Private Not For Profit

$34,800 35 34
#37 Fisk University

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$34,954 38 6
#38 Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Private Not For Profit

$34,998 54 77
#39 Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Public Not For Profit

$35,948 51 36
#40 Milligan College

Milligan College, Private Not For Profit

$36,280 NA NA
#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