The UT Board of Trustees Wednesday approved a tuition proposal from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for the ’20-’21 academic year that calls for no tuition increase across the board in any of its six colleges and a decrease in tuition in certain large and smaller programs.
In an effort to attract a wider cross-section of students and help reduce student debt, out-of-state tuition in the College of Medicine will drop by 10.6 percent, or more than $7,000, for the upcoming academic year. Out-of-state tuition for medical students will go from $67,658 to $60,490 annually. In-state tuition in the College of Medicine will remain stable at $34,566.
This brings the College of Medicine more closely in line with other institutions across the country. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the average cost of attendance for one year at a public medical school (including tuition, fees, and health insurance) was $37,556 for in-state students and $61,858 for out-of-state students in 2019-2020. Tuition and fees at private schools average more than $60,000 a year for both in-state and out-of-state students, the AAMC reported
Annual tuition in several programs in the College of Health Professions will also see decreases, ranging from 28.3 percent to 54.1 percent.
In-state tuition for the Master of Science in Cytopathology Practice program will decrease 28.3 percent, from $13,814 to $9,900. Out-of-state tuition in the program will drop 54.7 percent, from $31,796 to $14,400.
Out-of-state tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program will decrease 54.1 percent, from $26,156 to $12,000. Out-of-state tuition for the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences will decrease 48.6 percent, from $28,008 to $14,400.