Board of Regents Finance Committee to meet April 29 to begin review of tuition, fees for 2020-21

The Finance and Business Operations Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents will meet by telephone conference call at 1 p.m. CT Wednesday, April 29, to begin discussion of student tuition and mandatory fees for the 2020-21 academic year at Tennessee’s community colleges and colleges of applied technology. This will be an informational meeting and no action will be taken.

The meeting is the first of up to three for the committee to discuss and ultimately make its recommendations on tuition and fees to the full board. Other meetings are tentatively set for May 20 and June 2. The committee’s recommendations will be considered by the full Board of Regents at its June 19 quarterly meeting. The full board sets tuition and fees for the next academic year.

The conference call is open to the public. Anyone wishing to listen may contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at or 615-366-3927 by 4:30 pm Tuesday, April 28, for call-in information. Material that the committee will review will be posted on the TBR website at

Tuition is the basic charge for enrollment. Mandatory fees are additional charges for specific services and programs and are paid by all students enrolled in a particular college, such as activity and technology fees.

Increases in tuition and mandatory fees at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities must be within a binding range set by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).  THEC has set a tentative range that would allow combined tuition and mandatory fee increases of up to 2 percent. The commission is expected to set its final, binding range during its spring quarterly meeting on May 15.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.