Tennessee community college tuitions jumped 56.1% over 15 years


Tennessee two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $2,976 in 2004-05 to $4,646 in 2019-20, the 10th largest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

That 15-year change represented a tuition and fee hike of 56.1 percent. Between the 2018-19 and the 2019-20 academic years, two-year tuition and fees in the state remained unchanged, according to the College Board numbers.

The analysis found that average tuition and fee amounts at community colleges in eight states decreased over the past five years when the costs are adjusted for inflation. And in six states, those tuition costs rose by at least 15 percent over the same time period, the College Board found.

The figures don’t reflect efforts by some states to create “free” community college systems, in which students receive financial aid to pay for the tuition.

Tuition data on Alaska’s two-year colleges was not available.

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Changes in Tuition and Fees at Public 2-Year Colleges

State2004-052018-192019-201-Year % Change15-Year % Change
Hawaii$1,975$3,991$4,0181%103.44%
Virginia$2,819$5,349$5,255-2%86.41%
Wyoming$2,284$3,305$4,17326%82.71%
Louisiana$2,354$4,267$4,189-2%77.95%
Idaho$2,436$4,267$4,192-2%72.09%
South Dakota$4,111$6,802$6,9893%70.01%
Nevada$2,154$3,464$3,5432%64.48%
Mississippi$2,094$3,248$3,3323%59.12%
Oklahoma$2,853$4,464$4,4941%57.52%
Tennessee$2,976$4,658$4,6460%56.12%
Illinois$2,696$4,213$4,1980%55.71%
West Virginia$2,819$4,377$4,3840%55.52%
South Carolina$3,831$5,727$5,8542%52.81%
North Carolina$1,619$2,501$2,449-2%51.27%
Colorado$3,005$4,591$4,525-1%50.58%
Rhode Island$3,129$4,647$4,7001%50.21%
Arkansas$2,539$3,737$3,7611%48.13%
Michigan$2,703$3,931$3,9912%47.65%
Texas$1,872$2,664$2,7543%47.12%
Pennsylvania$3,885$5,581$5,6581%45.64%
Kentucky$3,752$5,412$5,4601%45.52%
Oregon$3,878$5,422$5,6244%45.02%
Delaware$3,398$4,943$4,9250%44.94%
Massachusetts$4,553$6,384$6,5803%44.52%
Georgia$2,811$3,871$4,0424%43.79%
Utah$2,732$3,882$3,9010%42.79%
Indiana$3,500$4,785$4,8401%38.29%
Connecticut$3,259$4,484$4,5050%38.23%
Arizona$1,887$2,629$2,606-1%38.10%
Iowa$3,956$5,420$5,4591%37.99%
New Jersey$3,796$5,127$5,2182%37.46%
Washington$3,362$4,564$4,6111%37.15%
Nebraska$2,388$3,236$3,2711%36.98%
Florida$2,411$3,305$3,249-2%34.76%
Kansas$2,394$3,200$3,1940%33.42%
New Mexico$1,409$1,875$1,859-1%31.94%
Alabama$3,695$4,847$4,8710%31.83%
California$1,095$1,454$1,428-2%30.41%
Missouri$2,915$3,647$3,7804%29.67%
Vermont$6,394$8,262$8,205-1%28.32%
New York$4,432$5,594$5,6341%27.12%
North Dakota$4,064$4,905$4,9892%22.76%
Maryland$4,034$4,766$4,7820%18.54%
Montana$3,205$3,780$3,7960%18.44%
Wisconsin$3,937$4,632$4,6190%17.32%
Ohio$4,336$4,788$4,8732%12.38%
New Hampshire$6,340$7,224$7,095-2%11.91%
Minnesota$5,141$5,544$5,6051%9.03%
Maine$3,515$3,830$3,767-2%7.17%
AlaskaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
District of ColumbiaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Source: College Board

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