Most Affordable Colleges in Tennessee for 2019

State of Tennessee
Middle Class Affordability Rankings™
Which colleges are most affordable for Tennessee residents? The answer may surprise you.

These rankings of the most affordable colleges for Tennessee residents are based on the estimated net price for a "typical" middle class family living in the state of Tennessee.

Note: Net price is the actual cost of the school paid by the student and family, after factoring in merit and grant aid from the college federal programs and work study. The net prices displayed in these rankings are College Raptor's estimates.
"Typical" Middle Class Family
Used in the net price estimates shown below
Number in Family
4
Number In College
1
Total Income
$80,000
Total Assets
$50,000


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Rank College Name Typical Net Price Sticker Price % Savings # Undergrads Est. Median SAT Acceptance Rate
1 Tennessee Wesleyan University $9,700 Image $40,300 76% 935 1,060 59.91%
2 Lee University $11,300 Image $29,000 61% 4,860 1,178 85.04%
3 Vanderbilt University $11,600 Image $72,900 84% 6,885 1,507 10.85%
4 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences $12,500 Image $23,500 47% 1,075 1,145 53.72%
5 Le Moyne-Owen College $12,900 Image $19,900 35% 863 845 100%
6 Lane College $14,000 Image $23,200 40% 1,420 845 48.47%
6 Tennessee State University $14,000 Image $22,800 39% 6,505 945 65.35%
8 Hiwassee College $14,400 Image $27,400 47% 302 975 63.64%
9 Southern Adventist University $14,800 Image $26,800 45% 2,600 1,100 38.26%
10 Bethel University $16,800 Image $32,100 48% 4,829 975 93.59%
11 The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga $17,000 Image $22,800 25% 10,176 1,165 82.79%
12 Freed-Hardeman University $17,400 Image $36,900 53% 1,471 1,214 95.32%
13 Austin Peay State University $17,500 Image $24,200 28% 9,591 1,085 90.13%
14 Middle Tennessee State University $17,900 Image $23,500 24% 19,523 1,125 59.35%
15 Tennessee Technological University $18,200 Image $28,200 35% 9,365 1,192 64.4%
16 East Tennessee State University $18,600 Image $21,200 12% 11,323 1,123 85.47%
16 The University of Tennessee-Martin $18,600 Image $21,900 15% 6,330 1,125 61.51%
18 University of Memphis $18,900 Image $25,200 25% 17,396 1,110 84.82%
19 Bryan College-Dayton $19,500 Image $19,500 0% 1,246 1,144 54.34%
20 King University $19,800 Image $41,000 52% 1,799 1,089 51.41%
21 Tusculum College $20,500 Image $42,100 51% 1,488 1,035 88.64%
22 American Baptist College $20,700 Image $24,600 16% 115 N/A N/A
22 Lincoln Memorial University $20,700 Image $36,300 43% 1,919 1,100 65.34%
24 Welch College $22,000 Image $36,900 40% 348 N/A N/A
25 Martin Methodist College $22,300 Image $50,200 56% 977 1,045 98.7%
26 Milligan College $22,400 Image $44,900 50% 859 1,185 57.76%
27 Union University $22,800 Image $55,000 59% 2,181 1,247 59.98%
28 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville $23,200 Image $31,900 27% 22,317 1,281 76.97%
29 Cumberland University $24,600 Image $35,500 31% 1,971 1,075 54.08%
30 Johnson University $24,900 Image $28,400 12% 814 1,109 97.98%
31 Christian Brothers University $25,300 Image $44,600 43% 1,791 1,179 52.63%
32 Carson-Newman University $26,000 Image $39,500 34% 1,690 1,134 67.36%
33 Maryville College $26,900 Image $51,300 48% 1,181 1,143 49.27%
34 Lipscomb University $27,000 Image $50,900 47% 2,987 1,241 60.43%
35 Rhodes College $31,300 Image $64,900 52% 1,988 1,363 51.05%
36 Fisk University $31,500 Image $37,100 15% 664 1,020 45.41%
37 Belmont University $32,400 Image $54,100 40% 6,497 1,259 81.19%
38 Sewanee-The University of the South $34,100 Image $60,800 44% 1,702 1,285 46.73%
39 Trevecca Nazarene University $35,400 Image $43,900 19% 2,219 1,124 70.38%
School data from 2016-2017
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