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Net Price of Tennessee Colleges by Income

Cost of Tennessee Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $17,767 and the average private school would be $22,728. You can also get information on specific Tennessee schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Tennessee Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $12,970
Room and Board $10,696
Books $1,598
Other Expenses $5,666
Total $30,930

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income TN Public $23,845 TN Private $43,259
$0 - $30k $9,532 $16,224
$30,001 – $48k $11,493 $17,709
$48,001 – $75k $15,900 $19,956
$75,001 – $110k $17,767 $22,728
$110,001+ $17,853 $23,766

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Tennessee public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $5,000-$7,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Tennessee. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public TN Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Austin Peay State University

    Clarksville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,913 $8,159
    Room and Board $10,223 $10,699
    Books $1,550 $1,550
    Other Expenses $4,538 $4,538
    Total $24,224 $24,946
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,282 $10,588
    $30,001 - $48k $11,728 $12,078
    $48,001 - $75k $15,658 $16,125
    $75,001 - $110k $16,801 $17,302
    $110,001+ $17,201 $17,714
  • East Tennessee State University

    Johnson City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,679 $8,935
    Room and Board $7,952 $8,472
    Books $1,090 $1,276
    Other Expenses $3,585 $5,385
    Total $21,306 $24,068
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,031 $9,072
    $30,001 - $48k $9,803 $11,074
    $48,001 - $75k $14,458 $16,332
    $75,001 - $110k $16,287 $18,398
    $110,001+ $15,661 $17,691
  • University of Memphis

    Memphis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,317 $9,317
    Room and Board $9,366 $9,975
    Books $1,415 $1,569
    Other Expenses $4,562 $4,562
    Total $24,660 $25,423
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,599 $10,927
    $30,001 - $48k $11,819 $12,185
    $48,001 - $75k $15,414 $15,891
    $75,001 - $110k $17,658 $18,204
    $110,001+ $17,930 $18,485
  • Middle Tennessee State University

    Murfreesboro
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,612 $8,858
    Room and Board $8,392 $8,698
    Books $1,540 $1,260
    Other Expenses $4,178 $4,148
    Total $22,722 $22,964
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,136 $9,233
    $30,001 - $48k $10,869 $10,985
    $48,001 - $75k $15,382 $15,546
    $75,001 - $110k $16,927 $17,107
    $110,001+ $17,208 $17,391
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

    Chattanooga
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,664 $8,664
    Room and Board $9,100 $9,500
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $3,600 $4,050
    Total $22,764 $23,614
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,305 $8,615
    $30,001 - $48k $10,808 $11,212
    $48,001 - $75k $15,351 $15,924
    $75,001 - $110k $16,769 $17,395
    $110,001+ $16,711 $17,335
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

    Knoxville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,970 $13,006
    Room and Board $10,696 $11,240
    Books $1,598 $1,598
    Other Expenses $5,666 $5,666
    Total $30,930 $31,510
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,501 $10,698
    $30,001 - $48k $15,204 $15,489
    $48,001 - $75k $23,207 $23,642
    $75,001 - $110k $24,824 $25,290
    $110,001+ $25,164 $25,636
  • The University of Tennessee-Martin

    Martin
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,236 $9,512
    Room and Board $5,976 $6,164
    Books $1,250 $1,400
    Other Expenses $3,744 $4,170
    Total $20,206 $21,246
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,150 $7,518
    $30,001 - $48k $9,504 $9,993
    $48,001 - $75k $12,742 $13,398
    $75,001 - $110k $14,155 $14,884
    $110,001+ $14,308 $15,044
  • Tennessee State University

    Nashville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,776 $8,792
    Room and Board $7,500 $7,806
    Books $2,500 $2,700
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,700
    Total $21,276 $22,998
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,087 $9,822
    $30,001 - $48k $9,639 $10,419
    $48,001 - $75k $12,883 $13,926
    $75,001 - $110k $16,585 $17,927
    $110,001+ $16,953 $18,325
  • Tennessee Technological University

    Cookeville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,513 $8,731
    Room and Board $9,400 $8,800
    Books $2,300 $2,300
    Other Expenses $6,300 $6,300
    Total $26,513 $26,131
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,698 $12,515
    $30,001 - $48k $14,064 $13,861
    $48,001 - $75k $18,003 $17,744
    $75,001 - $110k $19,896 $19,609
    $110,001+ $19,543 $19,261

Private TN Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Belmont University

    Nashville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,820 $34,310
    Room and Board $11,680 $12,120
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,840 $4,930
    Total $50,740 $52,760
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,875 $26,905
    $30,001 - $48k $30,663 $31,884
    $48,001 - $75k $33,387 $34,716
    $75,001 - $110k $36,101 $37,538
    $110,001+ $42,518 $44,211
  • Bethel University

    McKenzie
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,552 $16,552
    Room and Board $9,198 $9,198
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,620 $4,620
    Total $31,570 $31,570
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,932 $14,932
    $30,001 - $48k $15,131 $15,131
    $48,001 - $75k $17,282 $17,282
    $75,001 - $110k $18,134 $18,134
    $110,001+ $18,233 $18,233
  • Bryan College-Dayton

    Dayton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,600 $26,800
    Room and Board $7,300 $7,500
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,625 $2,700
    Total $36,775 $38,250
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,734 $13,245
    $30,001 - $48k $12,720 $13,230
    $48,001 - $75k $16,364 $17,020
    $75,001 - $110k $20,399 $21,217
    $110,001+ $18,148 $18,876
  • Carson-Newman University

    Jefferson City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,400 $27,900
    Room and Board $8,630 $8,810
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,010 $3,010
    Total $40,640 $41,320
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,865 $16,130
    $30,001 - $48k $17,783 $18,081
    $48,001 - $75k $18,722 $19,035
    $75,001 - $110k $21,925 $22,292
    $110,001+ $24,215 $24,620
  • Christian Brothers University

    Memphis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,870 $32,820
    Room and Board $8,754 $9,016
    Books $1,000 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,806 $2,950
    Total $44,430 $46,036
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,929 $9,252
    $30,001 - $48k $9,864 $10,221
    $48,001 - $75k $10,758 $11,147
    $75,001 - $110k $11,562 $11,980
    $110,001+ $13,882 $14,384
  • Cumberland University

    Lebanon
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,810 $22,890
    Room and Board $7,290 $7,650
    Books $1,400 $1,500
    Other Expenses $5,740 $5,950
    Total $36,240 $37,990
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,355 $19,241
    $30,001 - $48k $20,833 $21,839
    $48,001 - $75k $25,665 $26,904
    $75,001 - $110k $24,306 $25,480
    $110,001+ $24,580 $25,767
  • Lipscomb University

    Nashville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,932 $32,144
    Room and Board $12,052 $12,652
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,250 $3,250
    Total $47,734 $49,546
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,432 $21,208
    $30,001 - $48k $22,413 $23,264
    $48,001 - $75k $23,728 $24,629
    $75,001 - $110k $25,759 $26,737
    $110,001+ $27,637 $28,686
  • Fisk University

    Nashville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,480 $21,480
    Room and Board $10,790 $10,790
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $37,070 $37,070
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $26,914 $26,914
    $30,001 - $48k $29,005 $29,005
    $48,001 - $75k $33,770 $33,770
    $75,001 - $110k $31,950 $31,950
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Welch College

    Nashville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $18,458 $19,012
    Room and Board $7,478 $7,714
    Books $876 $1,000
    Other Expenses $7,000 $7,000
    Total $33,812 $34,726
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,277 $21,852
    $30,001 - $48k $15,256 $15,668
    $48,001 - $75k $24,751 $25,420
    $75,001 - $110k $24,310 $24,967
    $110,001+ $21,724 $22,311
  • Freed-Hardeman University

    Henderson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,950 $21,950
    Room and Board $7,950 $7,950
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,750 $3,750
    Total $34,950 $34,950
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,959 $15,959
    $30,001 - $48k $13,850 $13,850
    $48,001 - $75k $15,932 $15,932
    $75,001 - $110k $18,633 $18,633
    $110,001+ $19,608 $19,608
  • King University

    Bristol
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,572 $29,714
    Room and Board $8,424 $8,762
    Books $1,440 $1,480
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,534
    Total $41,936 $43,490
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,030 $20,772
    $30,001 - $48k $21,521 $22,318
    $48,001 - $75k $19,550 $20,274
    $75,001 - $110k $23,360 $24,226
    $110,001+ $23,228 $24,089
  • Lane College

    Jackson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,690 $11,500
    Room and Board $7,270 $7,350
    Books $1,300 $700
    Other Expenses $2,350 $2,350
    Total $21,610 $21,900
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,379 $13,559
    $30,001 - $48k $15,648 $15,858
    $48,001 - $75k $0 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Lee University

    Cleveland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,730 $17,690
    Room and Board $8,080 $8,300
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,590 $3,560
    Total $31,000 $31,150
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,403 $15,478
    $30,001 - $48k $16,294 $16,373
    $48,001 - $75k $18,982 $19,074
    $75,001 - $110k $19,813 $19,909
    $110,001+ $19,740 $19,836
  • Lincoln Memorial University

    Harrogate
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,410 $22,010
    Room and Board $8,290 $8,000
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $5,470 $5,470
    Total $36,570 $36,880
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,030 $13,140
    $30,001 - $48k $12,232 $12,336
    $48,001 - $75k $13,939 $14,057
    $75,001 - $110k $17,912 $18,064
    $110,001+ $21,351 $21,532
  • Maryville College

    Maryville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $34,196 $34,880
    Room and Board $11,144 $11,424
    Books $1,250 $1,220
    Other Expenses $2,676 $2,730
    Total $49,266 $50,254
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,648 $15,962
    $30,001 - $48k $15,190 $15,495
    $48,001 - $75k $18,974 $19,355
    $75,001 - $110k $22,609 $23,062
    $110,001+ $16,946 $17,286
  • Rhodes College

    Memphis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $46,504 $47,890
    Room and Board $11,290 $11,406
    Books $1,125 $1,125
    Other Expenses $2,619 $2,619
    Total $61,538 $63,040
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,389 $14,740
    $30,001 - $48k $18,568 $19,021
    $48,001 - $75k $22,551 $23,101
    $75,001 - $110k $24,505 $25,103
    $110,001+ $33,066 $33,873
  • Sewanee-The University of the South

    Sewanee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $45,120 $45,120
    Room and Board $12,880 $12,880
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,750 $1,750
    Total $60,950 $60,950
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,836 $13,836
    $30,001 - $48k $16,033 $16,033
    $48,001 - $75k $18,452 $18,452
    $75,001 - $110k $30,154 $30,154
    $110,001+ $40,208 $40,208
  • Southern Adventist University

    Collegedale
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,550 $21,950
    Room and Board $6,750 $7,740
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $5,000 $4,200
    Total $34,400 $34,990
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,344 $21,710
    $30,001 - $48k $23,504 $23,907
    $48,001 - $75k $26,111 $26,559
    $75,001 - $110k $27,826 $28,303
    $110,001+ $27,817 $28,294
  • Tennessee Wesleyan University

    Athens
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,800 $24,300
    Room and Board $7,750 $7,880
    Books $1,600 $1,400
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $35,650 $36,080
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,629 $9,745
    $30,001 - $48k $14,336 $14,509
    $48,001 - $75k $12,775 $12,929
    $75,001 - $110k $17,082 $17,288
    $110,001+ $16,724 $16,926
  • Trevecca Nazarene University

    Nashville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,100 $25,598
    Room and Board $8,808 $8,400
    Books $0 $0
    Other Expenses $5,222 $5,486
    Total $39,130 $39,484
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,688 $14,821
    $30,001 - $48k $16,260 $16,407
    $48,001 - $75k $18,979 $19,151
    $75,001 - $110k $20,925 $21,114
    $110,001+ $21,817 $22,014
  • Tusculum College

    Greeneville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,700 $24,860
    Room and Board $8,700 $9,190
    Books $2,040 $2,370
    Other Expenses $4,220 $4,360
    Total $38,660 $40,780
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,327 $15,113
    $30,001 - $48k $16,753 $17,672
    $48,001 - $75k $18,356 $19,363
    $75,001 - $110k $20,707 $21,843
    $110,001+ $20,691 $21,826
  • Union University

    Jackson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,510 $32,610
    Room and Board $10,400 $10,590
    Books $1,500 $1,550
    Other Expenses $8,380 $8,800
    Total $51,790 $53,550
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,430 $25,260
    $30,001 - $48k $25,405 $26,268
    $48,001 - $75k $26,263 $27,156
    $75,001 - $110k $28,549 $29,519
    $110,001+ $30,548 $31,586
  • Vanderbilt University

    Nashville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $47,664 $49,816
    Room and Board $15,584 $16,234
    Books $1,294 $1,294
    Other Expenses $2,850 $2,802
    Total $67,392 $70,146
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,965 $4,127
    $30,001 - $48k $3,525 $3,669
    $48,001 - $75k $8,529 $8,878
    $75,001 - $110k $15,085 $15,701
    $110,001+ $38,132 $39,690
  • Milligan College

    Milligan College
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,500 $33,700
    Room and Board $6,950 $7,100
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,782 $1,702
    Total $44,532 $43,802
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,060 $13,830
    $30,001 - $48k $19,605 $19,284
    $48,001 - $75k $22,080 $21,718
    $75,001 - $110k $20,712 $20,372
    $110,001+ $22,683 $22,311
 

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