Students attending Tennessee’s public community colleges and colleges of applied technology will see no tuition or fee increase during the upcoming academic year as a result of action today by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The Board unanimously approved recommendations of TBR staff and the Board’s Finance and Business Operations Committee for no tuition or student fee increase – for both in-state and out-of-state students – in recognition of the economic conditions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the first year without a tuition increase at Tennessee’s 13 community colleges since 1991 and the first at the 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology since 2013.
“We recognize the economic hardships that many students and their families may be experiencing during this economic downturn and we want to do our part to keep higher education affordable at a time when Tennesseans need us the most,” said Board of Regents Vice Chair Emily J. Reynolds.
“In doing so, we are also recognizing the state Administration’s and the General Assembly’s strong commitment to higher education,” said Chancellor Flora W. Tydings. “Their past commitments to funding higher education have helped to put us in a position where we can do this for our students and their families in their time of greatest need.”
Tennessee’s community and technical colleges remain the most affordable higher education option for Tennesseans. Today’s action to maintain tuition and fees at 2019-20 levels follows three consecutive years of combined tuition and fee increases of less than 3 percent. For an academic year (two semesters at community colleges, three trimesters at TCATs), tuition and mandatory fees for Tennessee residents attending full time range from $4,504 to $4,588 at the community colleges and $3,937 at the TCATs.
Many students attend free of tuition and mandatory fees through the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs and other state and federal financial assistance.
In other action during today’s quarterly meeting, the Board of Regents:
The Board also was given an update that funding for the proposed $21.7 million Advanced Manufacturing Building at TCAT Chattanooga was included in the Fiscal Year 2020-21 state budget approved by the General Assembly early today. Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Danny Gibbs said TBR Facilities Development staff "look forward to working with TCAT Chattanooga to get this project started."
Full details, the agenda, Board background materials and an archived video of the Board meeting are posted on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/june-2020-quarterly-board-meeting.
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.