Last updated on July 1, 2023
The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved tuition increases of 3 percent for the upcoming 2023-24 academic year at the state’s community and technical colleges, to cover a portion of inflationary cost increases the colleges are facing and the college’s share of salary increases not funded by the state.
It is the system’s first tuition increase since 2021 and only the second in four years. It is in line with the percentage increase in tuition at the state’s public universities, although overall tuition and fees at community and technical colleges are roughly one-third of the public four-year institutions, excluding room and board.
At the community colleges, tuition for in-state students will rise by $5 for each credit hour up to 12 hours per semester, to $176, a 2.92 percent increase, and by $1 per credit hour beyond 12 hours, to $38. Students taking a full course load of 15 credit hours will see an increase of $63 per semester at 11 community colleges, due to small $3 to $5 increases in mandatory student activity and student government fees there. Combined tuition and mandatory fees (fees paid by all students, excluding class-specific fees) will range from $2,363 to $2,402 per semester.
Most students at the community and technical colleges attend free of tuition and mandatory fees, which are covered by Tennessee Promise for new high school graduates, Tennessee Reconnect for adults without college credentials, and other state and federal student financial aid.
The board also voted to suspend campus online course fees for the four consecutive year, but approved a $2 increase in the Tennessee eCampus rates, to $70 per credit hour.