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Posted: May 26, 2023

Pursuant to the Tennessee Tuition Transparency and Accountability Act, T.C.A. § 49-7-1603, the Tennessee State University Board of Trustees is providing public notice of the proposed tuition and mandatory fee increase for the 2023-2024 academic year.  The tuition and fee increase will be considered by the Board at its June 15, 2023 Board meeting.  
1.     The combined total proposed tuition and mandatory fee increase for the academic year 2023-2024 is 2.83%.The breakdown of the increase is as follows:
     a.     Undergraduate maintenance proposed fee (tuition) increase of 2.75%.
          i.      Base 12 hours proposed to increase from $283 per hour to $291 per hour.
          ii.    Over base hours proposed to increase from $57 per hour to $58 per hour.
     b.     Student Health Services Fee proposed fee increase of $20 per student per semester. This fee is included in the Program Services Fee which will go from $604 to $624 per semester, resulting in a 3.31% increase in mandatory fees.
     c.     The 2.8% combined increase is derived from the proposed total tuition and mandatory fees that would be assessed for a student taking fifteen (15) credit hours in FY 24. 
2.     Revenue derived from the tuition and mandatory fee increase will be used primarily as follows:
     a.     Undergraduate maintenance
          i.      To cover the cost of increased operating expenses.
     b.     Student Health Services Fee
          i.      To help offset the increased cost of health-related expenses (including mental health) for the University.
3.     Tennessee State University makes every effort to mitigate the effect of the increase on students:
     a.     Undergraduate maintenance
          i.      Tennessee State University’s undergraduate maintenance fee is one of the lowest among public universities in Tennessee.
          ii.    The proposed 2.75% Undergraduate Maintenance increase is within THEC’s established tuition range (0-3%) for the academic year 2023-2024.
     b.     Student Athletic Fee 
          i.      Closer aligns Tennessee State University’s fee with other state institutions.   
4.     Factors the Board will consider when setting tuition and mandatory fee increases:
     a.     Level of State support
     b.     Total cost of attendance
     c.     Efforts to mitigate the financial effect on students
     d.     THEC mandatory tuition and fee ranges 
     e.     Inflationary costs
     f.      Tuition and fee levels at peer institutions and competing institutions
     g.     Student demand 
     h.     Other factors pertinent to the cost of the University’s operations and programs of study 
Individuals are invited to submit written comments about the proposed increase via email to the Board Secretary (, or by mail to Tennessee State University, Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretary, Suite 260, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209.  All comments must be received by June 13, 2023.








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