Board Approves Tuition Increases

The Tennessee Board of Regents today voted unanimously to increase tuition at five TBR universities (APSU, ETSU, MTSU, TSU, and TTU) by 6% beginning this fall, with tuition at the University of Memphis increasing by 7%. A 6% tuition increase will also go into effect at all community colleges and technology centers. Tuition at the U of M Law School will increase by 14%, at the ETSU school of medicine by 5%, and at the ETSU School of Pharmacy by 9%.

In the area of mandatory fees, the board approved all of the fees recommended by the Committee on Business and Finance, including the requested increases in fees for auxiliary enterprises, such as dormitories, which must cover all their expenses, and the requested increases in fees approved by student referenda. The other fees approved are for items where a critical need was demonstrated: a $10 per semester activity fee increase at ETSU, a $25 per semester athletic fee increase at MTSU, a $10 per semester campus access fee at TTU, and a $10 per year student activity fee at Northeast State Community College. A breakdown of mandatory fees by institution can be accessed here.

Despite the 6% tuition increase, taking both tuition and fees into account the average student’s bill will increase only 5.5% due to the low number of fee increases. The information attached includes institution by institution summaries of tuition and fee increases.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to over 180,000 students.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 24 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.