Explanation of Tuition & Fees

Below is an explanation of tuition and fees. Please note that not all fees may be listed, fees, conditions of assessment, and refund policies are subject to change without prior notice by action of the Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees, and no student may enroll or receive a diploma, transcript of records, or grade report until all matured debts or obligations to the University, or any phase of its program, have been cleared.


Fees Applicable To All Students

Excluding TN eCampus and College of Business Graduate Online Courses

  • Debt Service Fee

    Revenue generated by the Debt Service Fee assessment is used to pay off bond indebtedness incurred by the University as a means of financing construction and to subsequently support building maintenance of non-instructional, non-residential campus buildings such as the University Center, Eblen Center Basketball Arena, and the Campus Recreation/Fitness Center. This type of fee is common among all public universities within the state and is not related to student loan indebtedness.

    The Debt Service Fee is mandatory for all students with the exception of TN ecampus, College of Business Graduate Online Courses, Disabled /Elderly, or Dual Enrollment course enrollment.

    The Debt Service Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Facilities Fee

    Revenues from this fee will be used to provide matching funding for state-supported capital outlay projects and as a source of funds for renovations of existing campus facilities, primarily non-classroom spaces housing activities dedicated to student success.

    The Facilities Fee is mandatory for all students with the exception of TN ecampus, College of Business Graduate Online Courses, Disabled /Elderly, or Dual Enrollment course enrollment.

    The Facilities Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • General Access Fee

    The general access fee includes the technology access fee, fitness center fee, athletics fee, and a student mental health and wellness fee. The technology access fee provides students access to computing and similar technologies including advanced technology classrooms and laboratories, appropriate network and software, computer and other equipment, and technological improvements that enhance instruction. The fitness center fee allows students’ access to the fitness center during all semesters in which a student is enrolled in more than 6 hours and to participate in intramural sports. The athletics fee supports athletic programs and provides free student admission to on-campus athletic events. The student mental health and wellness fee allows student access to a suicide prevention hotline (including after hours, holidays, and weekends). This fee also allows student access to resources regarding substance abuse support.

    The general access fee is the same rate for undergraduate and graduate students. The General Access Fee is mandatory for all students with the exception of TN ecampus, College of Business Graduate Online Courses, Disabled /Elderly, or Dual Enrollment course enrollment.

    The General Access Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • In-State Tuition

    In-state tuition is the basic cost of the course charged to all students. In-state tuition is mandatory and is charged per credit hour with no maximum. Students are required to verify their residency with the Admissions Department when entering the University in order to avoid being charged out of state tuition as well. If a student previously attended the university and it has been more than one semester since attendance, residency reverification is required to avoid incurring out-of-state tuition.

    Over Base Rate: In-state tuition is discounted for each hour over 12 hours. The discount does not apply to TN eCampus or College of Business Graduate Online Course enrollment.

    Levels of fee applicability include undergraduate and graduate.

    In-state tuition is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Student Organization Life Opportunity (SOLO) Fee

     

    The Student Organization Life Opportunity Fee is assessed of full-time undergraduate and graduate students each fall and spring semester. This fee is not applicable to summer terms. Funds generated are divided into a superfund (85%) and an operating account (15%). The superfund supports a major campus event each fall and spring semester. The operating account provides a source of funding for organizations sponsoring on-campus events which benefit student life and offer recruiting opportunities for the organizations.

    The Student Organization Life Opportunity Fee is mandatory for all students with the exception of TN ecampus, College of Business Graduate Online Courses, Disabled /Elderly, or Dual Enrollment course enrollment.

    The Student Organization Life Opportunity Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.


 Fees Applicable To Out-of-State Residence Students Only

  • E-Rate

    Out-of-state students enrolled exclusively in on-line courses during a semester at the University may be assessed a discounted per hour E-Rate in lieu of the regular out-of-state tuition rate. Enrollment at any time in an on-campus or hybrid class during the semester that E-Rate is awarded will result in the student being ineligible for E-Rate and reassessed the normal out-of-state tuition rate. E-Rate is not mandatory. E-rate is only charged in lieu or Out-of-State Tuition when students qualify according to the above description.

    Levels of fee applicability include undergraduate and graduate.

    E-Rate is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Out-of-State Tuition

    Out-of-state tuition is a mandatory fee applicable, in addition to in-state tuition, to out-of-state residents. Out-of-state tuition is mandatory for all students classified as out-of-state residents with the exception of graduate assistants and students from specific bordering counties in Kentucky. Reduced out-of-state tuition - Eagle's Reach rates apply to those graduating from high school with a 250 mile radius of Tennessee Tech University’s main campus and to those students having an exclusively on-line schedule during their full tenure at the university.

    Over Base Rate: In-state tuition is discounted for each hour over 12 hours. The discount does not apply to TN eCampus or College of Business Graduate Online Course enrollment.

    Levels of fee applicability include undergraduate and graduate.

    In-state tuition is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.


 Fee Applicable To TN eCampus Students Only

  • TN eCampus In-State Tuition

    TN eCampus In-State Tuition is tuition charged for an online course that does not have an on campus component and are delivered through the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). These courses are not charged any of the other on campus fees (i.e. General Access Fee, Facilities, Debt Service, SOLO, etc.)

    TN eCampus In-State Tuition is tuition is mandatory for all TN eCampus courses. These courses are identified with an “R” in the section code. (i.e. Sec R50). Students charged TN eCampus In State Tuition may be charged Out-of-State Tuition or E-Rate depending on residency classification and eligibility.

    Levels of fee applicability include undergraduate and graduate.

    TN eCampus In-State Tuition is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • TN eCampus Online Course Fee

    This online fee is charged per credit hour in addition to the TNeCampus Tuition and covers the infrastructure and resources required to deliver the online class.

    TN eCampus Online Course Fee is mandatory for all TN eCampus courses. These courses are identified with an “R” in the section code. (i.e. Sec R50).

    Levels of fee applicability include undergraduate and graduate.

    TN eCampus Online Course Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.


 Fees Applicable To College of Business and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Graduate Online Courses Only

  • College of Business and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Graduate Online Course In-State Tuition

    Tuition charged to graduate students taking online courses in the College of Business and the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) atTennessee Tech. These students are not charged any on campus fees (i.e. General Access Fee, Facilities Fee, Debt Service, SOLO, etc.).

    College of Business Graduate and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Online Course In-State Tuition is mandatory for all graduate students taking online courses in the College of Business and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN). Students enrolled in these graduate programs may be charged Out-of-State Tuition or E-Rate depending on residency classification and eligibility

    Level of fee applicability include graduate only.

    College of Business Graduate and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Online Course In-State Tuition is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • DNP Graduate Fee

    The Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (DNP) Graduate Fee is charged per credit hour to all students enrolled in the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing DNP courses in addition In-State Tuition and Mandatory Fees. This fees covers infrastructure and resources required to deliver the DNP program in conjunction with ETSU.
    The Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (DNP) Graduate Fee is mandatory for all doctoral students taking courses delivered in the DNP program.


    Level of fee applicability include graduate students only.

    Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (DNP) Graduate Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • College of Business Graduate and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Online Course Fee

    An online course fee charged per credit hour to all students enrolled in College of Business Graduate and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Online courses in addition to In-State Tuition. This fee covers the infrastructure and resources required to deliver an online class.

    College of Business Graduate and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Online Course Fee is mandatory for all graduate students taking online courses delivered by the College of Business and and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN).

    Level of fee applicability include graduate only.

    College of Business Graduate and Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (MSN) Online Course Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.


 

Fees Applicable to Online Courses Only (excluding Graduate Business, Nursing MSN, Nursing DNP,  and TN eCampus courses) 

  • Online and Alternate Course Fee

    This online and alternate delivery fee is charged per credit hour in addition to tuition and traditional mandatory fees. The online and alternate delivery fee’s rate is set at 40% of TTU’s undergraduate maintenance. This fee is used to cover infrastructure and resources required to deliver online courses, and fund the development of new online programs. The online and alternate delivery fee is mandatory for all TTU online courses excluding Graduate Business Online Courses, Whitson-Hester School of Nursing MSN, and the Nursing Joint DNP Courses. These courses are identified with an instruction type of “Web” for online courses.

    The Online and Alternate Delivery Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.


Fees Applicable International Students Only

  • International Student Deposit

    The International Deposit is a onetime fee applied to degree seeking international students during their first semester of enrollment. This fee was implemented to encourage retention and degree completion at Tennessee Tech University. The deposit will be applied to the student’s tuition and fees as the student registers for their last semester of study leading to degree completion.

    The International Student Deposit is mandatory for all incoming, degree seeking international students.

    The International Student Deposit is refundable to all international students who graduate with a degree. If an international student transfers to another university during their course of study or does not graduate for any reason, the deposit is forfeited.

  • International Student Insurance Fee

    The International Student Insurance Fee is charged to purchase medical insurance for International Students. International Students are required to have medical insurance for medical coverage, repatriation, medical evacuation, and to comply with government compliance.

    The International Student Insurance Fee is mandatory for all international students.

    The International Student Insurance Fee is not refundable.

  • International Student Registration Fee

    The International Student Registration Fee is assessed of each international student every semester during which they are enrolled at Tennessee Tech University. This fee was implemented to help offset costs associated with an increasingly complex immigration process requiring a highly specialized knowledge base, significant mailing expense, and increased staffing.

    The International Student Registration Fee is mandatory for all international students.

    The International Student Registration Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.


Fees Applicable Based On Student Course Selection

  • Human Ecology Insurance Fee

    An insurance premium providing liability coverage for is assessed students enrolled in specific Field Experience/Practicum courses. The Human Ecology Insurance Fee is charged with a flat rate and not by a per hour bases.

    The Human Ecology Insurance Fee is mandatory for HEC 3570, 4590, 4994, 4995.

    The Human Ecology Insurance Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Nursing Insurance Fee

    An insurance premium providing liability coverage is assessed for students enrolled in specific Field Experience/Practicum courses. The Nursing Insurance Fee is charged with a flat rate and not by a per hour bases.

    The Nursing Insurance Fee is mandatory for NURS 3250 and 4000.

    The Nursing Insurance Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Private Music Lesson Fee

    Also known as an Applied Music Fee, this assessment provides funding for private music instruction. This fee covers the cost for adjunct instructors and accompanists needed during private instruction sessions as well as the cost for repair and replacement of instruments provided by the University for use by students enrolled in private music lesson courses.

    The Private Music Lesson Fee is refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Specialized Academic Fees

    Specialized Academic Fees are applied by specific departments to classes in their respective areas due to the higher cost associated with delivering the class. These fees are applied per credit hour; therefore, they do not reach a maximum.

    Special Course Fees are mandatory for the following courses: 


    Agriculture and Human Ecology

    • Applicable to all Agriculture and Human Ecology courses except TN eCampus.

    Arts and Sciences

    • Applicable to all undergraduate course except TN eCampus in the following departments:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Earth Sciences (including Geology and Geography
      • Physics

    Business

    • Applicable to all business courses with the exception of the following: ECON 2010, ECON 2020, TN eCampus Courses, University Success - Basic Business Courses, International Business & Culture Courses, and World Cultures and Business Courses.

    Education

    • Applies to all upper division and graduate level Education Courses.

    Engineering

    • Applicable to all Engineering courses.

    Music & Art

    • Applicable to all Music and Art Courses.

    Nursing

    • Inclusive for all on campus, web online, and TN eCampus nursing courses.
    • Nursing ETSU/TTU Joint DNP Program.

    Ready To Teach - Education: 

    • ART: 3200, 3205, 3155, 3165
    • CHILD & FAMILY STUDIES: CFS 3600
    • EXERCISE SCIENCE: EXPW 3132, 3660, 3720, 4711, 4721, 4731, 6100, 6595, 6880, 6881
    • FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION: FOED 3010, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830
    • SECONDARY EDUCATION: SEED 4120, 4122, 4123, 4124, 4125, 4322, 4422
    • SPECIAL EDUCATION: SPED 3000, 3020, 3030, 3031, 3050, 4030, 4110, 4200
    • CURRICULUM: CUED 4120, 4800, 4800, 4850
    • HUMAN ECOLOGY: HEC 3500, 3800, 3811
    • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: ECED 3301, 3310, 3001, 3211, 4000, 4100, 4300
    • STUDENT TEACHING I AND II:
      • ESLP: 4870, 4880, 4890
      • EXPW: 4870, 4880, 4890
      • HEC: 4870, 4880, 4890
      • MUED: 4870, 4880, 4890
      • ELED: 4870, 4880, 4890
      • SEED: 4870, 4880, 4890
      • SPED: 4870, 4880, 4890
    • ELEMENTARY EDUCATION: ELED 3140, 3152, 4140
    • MUSIC: MUED 3110, 3130, 3140,3230,3735,3530
    • ENGLISH AS A 2ND LANGUAGE: ESLP 4100, 4200, 4300
    • READING: READ 3311, 3312, 3313,3350,4411,4570

    Specialized Academic Fees are refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Study Abroad Fees

    Students incur this tuition and fee cost if they opt to study abroad through one of the many study abroad programs Tennessee Tech University has to offer. Students can become eligible for scholarships to offset Airfare costs.

    Study abroad fees are not mandatory and will only be incurred when a student opts to study abroad.

    Study Abroad Fees are refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Study Abroad Program cancelation policies.

  • Workshop Fees

    Various non-credit seminars and workshops are offered by the University. Students may opt to take selected non-credit offerings for academic credit by both completing additional coursework and paying regularly assessed tuition and fees. For administrative efficiency, the workshop fee is linked to the academic course listing and is assessed along with the required academic registration fees.

    Workshop Fees are refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.


Fees Applicable To Disabled or Elderly Students

  • Audit Courses

    Permanently, totally disabled persons or persons 60 years of age or older who are domiciled in Tennessee, may audit courses without paying tuition, maintenance fees, or general access fees as long as classroom space is available. Participants must pay the application fee and any special activity fees associated with courses. Program participants may begin to register four weeks prior to classes beginning. Proof of permanent total disability or age will be required at the time of registration and enrollment confirmation.

  • Credit Courses

    Permanently, totally disabled persons and persons 65 years of age or older who are domiciled in Tennessee may enroll in courses for credit without paying tuition charges, maintenance fees or general access fees. However, a service fee of $70.00 per hour (undergraduate and graduate), to a maximum of $70.00 per semester is charged. Participants must pay the application fee, Special Academic Course Fees and any special activity fees associated with courses. Proof of total permanent disability or age will be required at the time of registration and enrollment confirmation. Proof-of-disability forms are available in the Business Office, Derryberry Hall, Room 100. Enrollment under this program is on a classroom space-available basis only. Program participants may begin to register four weeks prior to classes beginning.


 Incidental Fees

  • Deferred Payment Plan Late Fee

    The $25 Deferred Payment Plan Late Fee is a fee incurred when a student does not make their installment payment before or on the designated dates. There are four installment payments with the deferred payment plan, generally due at the end of each month. When students set up the deferred payment plan, they will receive information on exact due dates.

    The Deferred Payment Plan Late Fee is mandatory for students who setup the deferred payment plan and fail to make payment on time.

    Deferred Payment Plan Late Fee is not refundable.

     

  • Deferred Payment Plan Service Charge

    The $50 Deferred Payment Plan Service is a non-refundable charge students incur when they setup the deferred plan during fall and spring semesters. This charge is to cover the benefits of the plan to the student and is due at the first installment payment, also known as the down payment.

    The Deferred Payment Plan Service Charge is mandatory for students who setup the deferred payment plan.

    The Deferred Payment Plan Service Charge is not refundable.

  • Health Services Fee

     

    Health Services fees includes charges for pharmaceuticals and laboratory processing. These charges are incurred when students use the Health Services located in the Nursing Building. Health Services treat students for common illnesses and prescribe medications as well as administer vaccinations. If students do not pay when at Health Services, the charges will be placed on their student account.

    Health Services

    Health Services Fees are not refundable.

  • Late Payment/Confirmation Fee

    The $100 Late Payment/Confirmation Fee is a fee incurred by all students who fail to pay all tuition and fees or confirm their schedule before classes begin. Students will receive automated emails alerting them of a balance or the need to confirm their schedule before this occurs. This fee is assessed the day after classes begin.

    The Late Payment/Confirmation Fee is mandatory for students who fail to make payment or confirm their schedule before classes begin.

    The Late Payment/Confirmation Fee is not refundable but may be waived if the cause of the fee being assessed is found to be fault of the Tennessee Tech University or an extenuating circumstance of the student (i.e. family death, hospitalization, etc.)

  • Library Fines

    Fines are placed on the student account for the failure to return library resources (books, technology, etc.) in the allotted time.

    Library Fines are mandatory for failure to return library resources within allotted timeframe.

    Library Fines are nonrefundable.

  • Pharos/Printing Fee

    Students are allotted 333 copies of double-sided printing or 250 copies of single sided printing per semester, after reaching the maximum, students will incur a charge per copy for any additional copy.

    Pharos/Printing Fee is mandatory if students go over the allotted amount of copies.

    Pharos/Printing Fee is not refundable.

  • Returned Check Fine

    A $30 nonrefundable fee is required for each check returned unpaid. Checks returned for registration fees may result either in late fee assessment or termination of enrollment. Students will not be allowed to pay their charges with personal checks once two checks have been returned.

    Returned Check Fines are mandatory for any payment by check that is returned from the bank.

    Returned Check Fines are not refundable.

  • Traffic Fines

    Traffic fines are citations received and posted by the Tennessee Tech Police Department. Students receive traffic fines for violating parking rules and regulations. Traffic fines do not max out and can be progressive in their amount depending on the violation.

    Traffic Fines are mandatory for rule and regulation violations. If students do not pay these fines, a transcript, grade, and diploma hold will be placed on their student account.

    Traffic Fine Rates

    Traffic Fines are not refundable.


 Other Fees

  • Dormitory Fees

    Dorm fees include your housing reservation deposit and the rental of your dorm per semester. All freshmen are required to live on campus. Freshman may commute from their permanent or legal guardian residence if within a 50-mile radius. All dorm fees cover the cost of cable, laundry, ResNet Access Wi-Fi, social areas, electricity and water.

    Dormitory fees are mandatory for freshmen unless commuting from permanent residence within 50-mile radius.

    Dormitory fees are refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Federal Taxation Fees

     

    Unless a tax treaty exemption exists between a nonresident alien’s country of origin and the United States, federal tax must be assessed on any portion of a scholarship or fellowship above the amount intended to cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for classes taken by the recipient; that is, the tax is assessed on amounts received for room, board, travel, etc.

    Federal Taxation Fees are mandatory for all nonresident alien’s receiving scholarships or fellowships who’s country of origin does not have a tax treaty with the United States.

    Federal Taxation Fees are not refundable.

  • Meal Plan Fees

     

    There are a wide variety of meal plans to choose from atTennessee Tech.  All on campus residents excluding Tech Village residents with a freshman classification must purchase a meal plan for his/her first two semesters atTennessee Tech, excluding summer. You can find the information on these meals plans at the Tennessee Tech University Dining Services page. Meal plans are charged per semester and students may purchase a meal plan anytime during the semester up to the last day of finals week. Any meal plan purchased during the semester after classes begin are sold at a prorated price.

    Freshmen living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan for their first two semesters of enrollment, excluding summer, and may choose either the Gold 7 Plus, Gold 7, Purple 5 Plus, or the Purple 5 plan. If freshmen residents fail to select a plan, the system will default to the Purple 5 Plus. The plan options of Eagle 7, Eagle 10, Tech 40, Tech 65, Tech 95, and Eagle 300 are not available to freshmen dormitory residents as their required plan.

    Meal Plan Fees are refundable according to the Tennessee Tech University Refund Policy.

  • Parking Permit Fee

     

    All individuals having a vehicle on campus must purchase a parking permit annually. The campus is currently implementing a zoned parking concept with inner campus access permits having a higher cost than outer campus access permits.

    Permit costs are scheduled to gradually escalate each year through FY2024. Parking Permit Fees are mandatory to anyone parking a vehicle on campus excluding registered university visitors and working contractors.

    Students who purchase a parking permit will be charged the full price of the permit in the term the permit was purchased.

    Parking Permit Fees are not refundable.

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