Online Colleges in Tennessee (TN) Ranked by Cost

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Colleges and universities across Tennessee that have online programs require students to pay a median tuition of $11,660 per year. There has been a 12.2% increase in the median tuition over the past few years. The yearly median tuition was $10,392 at these online Tennessee colleges in 2007.

The range of tuition at online schools in Tennessee offering programs is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the least to most affordable colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 16
Low cost 8
Average cost 13
Most expensive 8

The most expensive colleges that have online programs require students to pay a yearly tuition of over $18,620. On the other end of the spectrum, tuition in the range of $2,832 to $8,640 annually is charged by the cheapest colleges and universities. Chattanooga, Clarksville, Dyersburg, Martin, and Memphis are home to the lowest cost accredited online schools.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education – Teaching Excellence
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Business Administration in International Business
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – English as a Second Language/International
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Management – Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – Business Information Systems

In 2011, these low tuition programs graduated approximately 68% of graduates from online colleges and universities in Tennessee. This represents 96,754 of the 142,975 graduates in Tennessee. From 2006 to 2011, the percentage of graduates from the most inexpensive online schools has decreased. However, the number of graduates has increased by 6,120 graduates per year.

Yearly tuition in the range of $9,612 to $12,288 is charged by other somewhat more costly online colleges. Of the 45 online colleges and universities that have programs in Tennessee, 8 have tuition in this range.

In 2011, 11,289 students received their credentials from these reasonably priced online programs. This represents 8% of the state’s graduates. Only 7,834 students earned credentials from these colleges and universities in 2006, which was a short 5 years prior. Thus, from these affordable online colleges and universities, the number of graduates has increased by 44%.

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1. Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, Tennessee $2,832 $11,688
2. Nashville State Community College Nashville, Tennessee $2,832 $11,688
3. Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, Tennessee $2,832 $11,688
4. Walters State Community College Morristown, Tennessee $2,832 $11,688
5. Dyersburg State Community College Dyersburg, Tennessee $2,832 $11,959
6. Northeast State Community College Blountville, Tennessee $2,832 $11,688
7. Tennessee State University Nashville, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
8. Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
9. Austin Peay State University Clarksville, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
10. Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
11. East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
12. University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Tennessee $4,912 $17,226
13. University of Tennessee Martin, Tennessee $5,132 $17,542
14. University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee $5,568 $18,936
15. Victory University Memphis, Tennessee $8,040 $8,040
16. Miller-Motte Technical College Chattanooga, Tennessee $8,640 $8,640
17. Miller-Motte Technical College Clarksville, Tennessee $9,612 $9,612
18. University of Phoenix Cordova, Tennessee $9,780 $9,780
19. University of Phoenix Chattanooga, Tennessee $9,780 $9,780
20. University of Phoenix Nashville, Tennessee $9,960 $9,960

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