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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 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at 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 $18,500 and the average private school would be $23,362. 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 seem 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 the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of Tennessee Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. 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 (2018-19)
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 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. 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 $24,767 TN Private $44,299
$0 - $30k $9,914 $16,026
$30,001 – $48k $11,905 $16,875
$48,001 – $75k $16,168 $19,957
$75,001 – $110k $18,500 $23,362
$110,001+ $18,806 $26,249

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 $4,000-$8,000 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 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,159 $8,303
    Room and Board $10,699 $11,542
    Books $1,550 $1,550
    Other Expenses $4,538 $6,317
    Total $24,946 $27,712
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,909 $12,119
    $30,001 - $48k $12,298 $13,662
    $48,001 - $75k $16,243 $18,044
    $75,001 - $110k $17,397 $19,326
    $110,001+ $21,470 $23,851
  • East Tennessee State University

    Johnson City
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,935 $9,259
    Room and Board $8,472 $8,242
    Books $1,276 $1,276
    Other Expenses $5,385 $5,385
    Total $24,068 $24,162
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,632 $10,674
    $30,001 - $48k $12,703 $12,753
    $48,001 - $75k $16,359 $16,423
    $75,001 - $110k $18,692 $18,765
    $110,001+ $18,859 $18,933
  • University of Memphis

    Memphis
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,317 $9,912
    Room and Board $9,975 $10,175
    Books $1,569 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,562 $4,699
    Total $25,423 $26,386
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,256 $10,644
    $30,001 - $48k $12,264 $12,729
    $48,001 - $75k $15,287 $15,866
    $75,001 - $110k $18,061 $18,745
    $110,001+ $18,020 $18,703
  • Middle Tennessee State University

    Murfreesboro
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,858 $9,070
    Room and Board $8,698 $8,976
    Books $1,260 $1,260
    Other Expenses $4,148 $4,212
    Total $22,964 $23,518
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,919 $9,134
    $30,001 - $48k $10,637 $10,894
    $48,001 - $75k $14,822 $15,180
    $75,001 - $110k $17,177 $17,591
    $110,001+ $17,446 $17,867
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

    Chattanooga
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,664 $9,656
    Room and Board $9,500 $9,500
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,050 $4,050
    Total $23,614 $24,606
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,108 $8,449
    $30,001 - $48k $10,515 $10,957
    $48,001 - $75k $14,601 $15,214
    $75,001 - $110k $16,927 $17,638
    $110,001+ $16,627 $17,325
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

    Knoxville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $13,006 $13,264
    Room and Board $11,240 $11,482
    Books $1,598 $1,598
    Other Expenses $5,666 $5,666
    Total $31,510 $32,010
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,224 $10,386
    $30,001 - $48k $13,745 $13,963
    $48,001 - $75k $23,211 $23,579
    $75,001 - $110k $24,901 $25,296
    $110,001+ $25,127 $25,526
  • The University of Tennessee-Martin

    Martin
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,512 $9,748
    Room and Board $6,164 $6,396
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,170 $4,170
    Total $21,246 $21,714
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,524 $7,690
    $30,001 - $48k $9,855 $10,072
    $48,001 - $75k $13,766 $14,069
    $75,001 - $110k $15,103 $15,436
    $110,001+ $15,391 $15,730
  • Tennessee State University

    Nashville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,792 $9,012
    Room and Board $7,806 $7,612
    Books $2,700 $2,900
    Other Expenses $3,700 $3,900
    Total $22,998 $23,424
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,015 $11,219
    $30,001 - $48k $11,711 $11,928
    $48,001 - $75k $14,540 $14,809
    $75,001 - $110k $18,823 $19,172
    $110,001+ $16,506 $16,812
  • Tennessee Technological University

    Cookeville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,731 $8,934
    Room and Board $8,800 $8,850
    Books $2,300 $2,300
    Other Expenses $6,300 $6,350
    Total $26,131 $26,434
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,641 $11,776
    $30,001 - $48k $13,421 $13,577
    $48,001 - $75k $16,682 $16,875
    $75,001 - $110k $19,419 $19,644
    $110,001+ $19,810 $20,040

Private TN Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Belmont University

    Nashville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $34,310 $35,650
    Room and Board $12,120 $12,520
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,930 $5,025
    Total $52,760 $54,595
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,980 $26,884
    $30,001 - $48k $26,275 $27,189
    $48,001 - $75k $31,006 $32,084
    $75,001 - $110k $35,878 $37,126
    $110,001+ $42,821 $44,310
  • Bethel University

    McKenzie
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $16,552 $17,010
    Room and Board $9,198 $9,198
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,620 $4,620
    Total $31,570 $32,028
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,339 $14,547
    $30,001 - $48k $13,225 $13,417
    $48,001 - $75k $19,206 $19,485
    $75,001 - $110k $18,643 $18,913
    $110,001+ $18,446 $18,714
  • Bryan College-Dayton

    Dayton
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $26,800 $27,900
    Room and Board $7,500 $7,800
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $38,250 $39,650
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,075 $13,554
    $30,001 - $48k $10,785 $11,180
    $48,001 - $75k $17,689 $18,336
    $75,001 - $110k $18,802 $19,490
    $110,001+ $19,099 $19,798
  • Carson-Newman University

    Jefferson City
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $27,900 $28,900
    Room and Board $8,810 $8,724
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,010 $3,010
    Total $41,320 $42,234
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,686 $15,011
    $30,001 - $48k $14,044 $14,355
    $48,001 - $75k $18,751 $19,166
    $75,001 - $110k $23,443 $23,962
    $110,001+ $22,883 $23,389
  • Christian Brothers University

    Memphis
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $32,820 $33,840
    Room and Board $9,016 $9,143
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,950 $3,097
    Total $46,036 $47,330
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,496 $9,763
    $30,001 - $48k $12,165 $12,507
    $48,001 - $75k $12,013 $12,351
    $75,001 - $110k $14,685 $15,098
    $110,001+ $15,643 $16,083
  • Cumberland University

    Lebanon
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $22,890 $24,000
    Room and Board $7,650 $7,720
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $5,950 $6,010
    Total $37,990 $39,230
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,979 $22,696
    $30,001 - $48k $23,701 $24,475
    $48,001 - $75k $28,079 $28,996
    $75,001 - $110k $27,701 $28,605
    $110,001+ $22,533 $23,268
  • Lipscomb University

    Nashville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $32,144 $33,424
    Room and Board $12,652 $13,280
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,250 $3,250
    Total $49,546 $51,454
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,036 $20,808
    $30,001 - $48k $20,503 $21,293
    $48,001 - $75k $25,044 $26,008
    $75,001 - $110k $25,940 $26,939
    $110,001+ $28,298 $29,388
  • Fisk University

    Nashville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $21,480 $22,132
    Room and Board $10,790 $11,022
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $37,070 $37,954
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,816 $22,336
    $30,001 - $48k $25,704 $26,317
    $48,001 - $75k $25,929 $26,547
    $75,001 - $110k $29,211 $29,908
    $110,001+ $30,676 $31,408
  • Welch College

    Nashville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $19,012 $19,582
    Room and Board $7,714 $7,728
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $7,000 $7,000
    Total $34,726 $35,310
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,466 $17,760
    $30,001 - $48k $17,912 $18,213
    $48,001 - $75k $20,964 $21,317
    $75,001 - $110k $25,361 $25,788
    $110,001+ $26,983 $27,437
  • Freed-Hardeman University

    Henderson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $21,950 $22,950
    Room and Board $7,950 $7,950
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,750 $3,750
    Total $34,950 $35,950
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,512 $13,899
    $30,001 - $48k $13,318 $13,699
    $48,001 - $75k $14,598 $15,016
    $75,001 - $110k $19,269 $19,820
    $110,001+ $20,879 $21,476
  • King University

    Bristol
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,714 $30,616
    Room and Board $8,762 $9,024
    Books $1,480 $1,520
    Other Expenses $3,534 $3,570
    Total $43,490 $44,730
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,192 $22,825
    $30,001 - $48k $20,648 $21,237
    $48,001 - $75k $22,878 $23,530
    $75,001 - $110k $21,579 $22,194
    $110,001+ $25,105 $25,821
  • Lane College

    Jackson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $11,500 $11,790
    Room and Board $7,350 $7,610
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $2,350 $3,580
    Total $21,900 $23,680
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,963 $14,017
    $30,001 - $48k $0 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $13,864 $14,991
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Lee University

    Cleveland
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $17,690 $18,770
    Room and Board $8,300 $8,325
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,560 $3,805
    Total $31,150 $32,500
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,841 $14,441
    $30,001 - $48k $15,543 $16,217
    $48,001 - $75k $17,884 $18,659
    $75,001 - $110k $18,173 $18,961
    $110,001+ $19,790 $20,648
  • Lincoln Memorial University

    Harrogate
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $22,010 $22,740
    Room and Board $8,000 $8,250
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $5,470 $5,470
    Total $36,880 $37,860
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,736 $9,995
    $30,001 - $48k $12,893 $13,236
    $48,001 - $75k $15,565 $15,979
    $75,001 - $110k $27,899 $28,640
    $110,001+ $29,996 $30,793
  • Maryville College

    Maryville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $34,880 $35,578
    Room and Board $11,424 $11,710
    Books $1,220 $1,244
    Other Expenses $2,730 $2,784
    Total $50,254 $51,316
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,150 $14,449
    $30,001 - $48k $16,041 $16,380
    $48,001 - $75k $20,411 $20,842
    $75,001 - $110k $22,776 $23,257
    $110,001+ $24,404 $24,920
  • Rhodes College

    Memphis
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $47,890 $49,198
    Room and Board $11,406 $11,631
    Books $1,125 $1,125
    Other Expenses $2,619 $2,619
    Total $63,040 $64,573
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,870 $17,280
    $30,001 - $48k $16,061 $16,452
    $48,001 - $75k $20,749 $21,254
    $75,001 - $110k $26,626 $27,273
    $110,001+ $33,644 $34,462
  • Sewanee-The University of the South

    Sewanee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $45,120 $46,472
    Room and Board $12,880 $13,268
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,750 $1,750
    Total $60,950 $62,690
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,277 $17,770
    $30,001 - $48k $15,686 $16,134
    $48,001 - $75k $24,851 $25,560
    $75,001 - $110k $30,313 $31,178
    $110,001+ $38,820 $39,928
  • Southern Adventist University

    Collegedale
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $21,950 $22,520
    Room and Board $7,740 $7,640
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $4,200 $4,250
    Total $34,990 $35,510
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,346 $19,634
    $30,001 - $48k $19,618 $19,910
    $48,001 - $75k $21,725 $22,048
    $75,001 - $110k $25,742 $26,125
    $110,001+ $28,550 $28,974
  • Tennessee Wesleyan University

    Athens
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $24,300 $25,150
    Room and Board $7,880 $8,050
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $36,080 $37,100
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,002 $10,285
    $30,001 - $48k $11,867 $12,202
    $48,001 - $75k $12,108 $12,450
    $75,001 - $110k $17,202 $17,688
    $110,001+ $17,444 $17,937
  • Trevecca Nazarene University

    Nashville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $25,598 $26,098
    Room and Board $8,400 $8,900
    Books $0 $0
    Other Expenses $5,486 $2,200
    Total $39,484 $37,198
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,228 $14,346
    $30,001 - $48k $15,172 $14,294
    $48,001 - $75k $17,587 $16,569
    $75,001 - $110k $19,588 $18,454
    $110,001+ $21,311 $20,077
  • Tusculum College

    Greeneville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $24,860 $24,860
    Room and Board $9,190 $9,340
    Books $2,370 $2,964
    Other Expenses $4,360 $4,808
    Total $40,780 $41,972
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,752 $14,154
    $30,001 - $48k $18,111 $18,640
    $48,001 - $75k $18,995 $19,550
    $75,001 - $110k $22,908 $23,578
    $110,001+ $22,912 $23,582
  • Union University

    Jackson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $32,610 $33,750
    Room and Board $10,590 $10,400
    Books $1,550 $1,600
    Other Expenses $8,800 $9,240
    Total $53,550 $54,990
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $26,079 $26,780
    $30,001 - $48k $27,004 $27,730
    $48,001 - $75k $25,952 $26,650
    $75,001 - $110k $29,336 $30,125
    $110,001+ $31,315 $32,157
  • Vanderbilt University

    Nashville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $49,816 $52,070
    Room and Board $16,234 $16,910
    Books $1,294 $1,294
    Other Expenses $2,802 $2,874
    Total $70,146 $73,148
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,156 $3,291
    $30,001 - $48k $6,017 $6,275
    $48,001 - $75k $8,086 $8,432
    $75,001 - $110k $14,890 $15,527
    $110,001+ $36,667 $38,236
  • Milligan College

    Milligan College
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $33,700 $34,650
    Room and Board $7,100 $7,300
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $1,702 $3,890
    Total $43,802 $47,140
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,089 $15,163
    $30,001 - $48k $15,411 $16,585
    $48,001 - $75k $21,346 $22,973
    $75,001 - $110k $23,366 $25,147
    $110,001+ $22,403 $24,110
 

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[student_in_hs_class_of_2022]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2022]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2023]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2023]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2024]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2024]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2025_or_later]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2025_or_later]
[first_name]
[first_name]
[email]
[email]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2021]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2021]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2022]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2022]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2023]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2023]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2024]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2024]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2025_or_later]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2025_or_later]
[first_name]
[first_name]
[email]
[email]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2021]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2021]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2022]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2022]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2023]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2023]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2024]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2024]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2025_or_later]
[student_in_hs_class_of_2025_or_later]