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Annual Maintenance/Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Among the duties of the Tennessee Board of Regents is establishing fee and tuition rates for students at TBR institutions. While rates have increased steadily over the years, TBR institutions still receive and spend about the same amount of money per full-time equivalent student today as they did in 1987 (adjusting for inflation). The cost has remained flat, but the funding source has shifted away from state appropriations and onto students through fees and tuition. In 1987, state appropriations covered the majority of the cost, and student fees and tuition accounted for 27% at our universities. By 2014, however, those shares had reversed with students paying 68% at the universities and 58% of the cost at community colleges.

Maintenance fees, commonly referred to as “tuition,” are the charges based on credit hours for in-state students. For example, a student pays a flat rate for the first 12 hours of course credits and a discounted rate for any additional hours. Students classified as “out-of-state” are required to pay out-of-state tuition in addition to maintenance fees. 

Students at each campus also pay mandatory fees to support student activities, athletics, cultural opportunities, and other unique projects and campus-specific programs. Mandatory fees vary from institution to institution and are paid by all students regardless of the number of hours they take. 

The combined cost of maintenance fees, out-of-state tuition (if applicable), and mandatory fees result in the total price a student must pay.  

Please Note: 1Data for universities and community colleges are calculated for students taking 12 hours per semester for two semesters. Data for colleges of applied technology are calculated for full-time students for three trimesters. Neither dataset includes books, housing, special course fees. 2The TTU 2015-16 maintenance fee increase appears larger than the actual impact on student price. TTU eliminated several mandatory fees and rolled them into the maintenance fees, causing a one-time jump in the percentage rate. The more accurate percentage increase of what students will pay is in the final column, or 3.9%

Institution 2015-2016 Maintenance Fee/Tuition 2015-2016 Mandatory Fee Total Annual Fees 2016-2017 Maintenance Fee 2016-2017 Mandatory Fee Total Annual Fees Combined Percentage Increase
Austin Peay State University 6,048 (+2.8%) 1,453 7,501 6,216 1,473 7,689 2.5%
East Tennessee State University 6,504 (+2.6%) 1,649 8,153 6,672 1,699 8,371 2.7%
Middle Tennessee State University 6,432 (+2.6%) 1,648 8,080 6,600 1,600 8,200 1.5%
Tennessee State University 6,072 (+2.4%) 1,039 7,111 6,216 1,039 7,255 2.0%
Tennessee Tech University 6,840 (+2.8%) 1,171 8,011 7,032 1,171 8,203 2.4%
University of Memphis 7,320 (+2.3%) 1,583 8,903 7,488 1,637 9,125 2.5%
Chattanooga State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 325 3,973 3,744 319 4,063 2.3%
Cleveland State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 299 3,947 3,744 299 4,043 2.4%
Columbia State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 271 3,919 3,744 271 4,015 2.4%
Dyersburg State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 299 3,947 3,744 299 4,043 2.4%
Jackson State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 285 3,933 3,744 285 4,029 2.4%
Motlow State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 301 3,949 3,744 307 4,051 2.6%
Nashville State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 225 3,873 3,744 225 3,969 2.5%
Northeast State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 287 3,935 3,744 311 4,055 3.0%
Pellissippi State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 339 3,987 3,744 339 4,083 2.4%
Roane State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 303 3,951 3,744 303 4,047 2.4%
Southwest Tennessee Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 315 3,963 3,744 315 4,059 2.4%
Volunteer State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 277 3,925 3,744 293 4,037 2.9%
Walters State Community College 3,648 (+2.6%) 288 3,936 3,744 288 4,032 2.4%
College of Applied Technology 3,324 (+2.8%) 230 3,554 3,417 231 3,648 2.6%