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Tennessee Trade Schools

119 Colleges
$60,153 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,835 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Tennessee ranked #19 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2021. Around 16,907 students received some type of diploma that year. Tennessee colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $15,038 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $20,013 per year.

About 54% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,709 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

South College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
$17,335 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
43% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at South College is 5,171, of which 4,175 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,563 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at South College is 4.0 years.

Roughly 43% of students at South College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,236 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from South College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,789 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Concorde Career College - Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
78% Freshmen Loans

There are 1,367 students at Concorde Career College - Memphis in total, 1,367 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 34 to 1.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 6% of accepted students are men, and 94% are women.

78% of Concorde Career College - Memphis students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,050 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,415 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
79% Freshmen Loans

There are 1,638 students at Lincoln Tech - Nashville in total, 1,638 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 79% of students at Lincoln Tech - Nashville take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,782 a year. Lincoln Tech - Nashville has a 2.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,260 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private

There are 761 full-time undergraduates at Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting, and 816 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 71 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 3.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $64,042 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 893 students at TCAT - Knoxville in total, 582 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,345 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 619 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Nashville, and 815 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Nashville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,714 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 562 students at TCAT - Jackson in total, 386 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Jackson is $30,750.

#8

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,430 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
11% Freshmen Loans

There are 7,452 students at Chattanooga State Community College in total, 3,404 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 11% of students at Chattanooga State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,807 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Chattanooga State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,692 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,404 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
4% Freshmen Loans

There are 8,832 students at VSCC in total, 4,296 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,883 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from VSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,818 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 627 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Dickson, and 798 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Dickson with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,681 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton is 468, which includes 434 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Elizabethton with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,290 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown is 681, which includes 511 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,089 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 429 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Murfreesboro, and 508 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,983 during the early-career years.

#13

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,422 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,843 full-time undergraduates at Northeast State Technical Community College, and 5,397 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 6.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Northeast State Technical Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 1,444 students at TCAT - Memphis in total, 826 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Memphis is $29,483.

#16

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,456 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
5% Freshmen Loans

There are 4,348 full-time undergraduates at Pellissippi State Community College, and 9,334 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 5% of students at Pellissippi State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,891 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Pellissippi State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,896 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,724 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
3% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Roane State Community College is 5,172, which includes 2,119 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

3% of Roane State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,389 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Roane State Community College is $30,560.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 301 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Newbern, and 477 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Newbern is $34,704.

#19

Remington College - Memphis Campus

Memphis, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$19,964 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
86% Freshmen Loans

There are 638 full-time undergraduates at Remington College - Memphis Campus, and 638 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Remington College - Memphis Campus is 4.0 years.

Roughly 86% of students at Remington College - Memphis Campus take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,665 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Remington College - Memphis Campus is $24,269.

#20

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,372 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
11% Freshmen Loans

There are 2,984 full-time undergraduates at Nashville State Community College, and 7,064 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 11% of students at Nashville State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,795 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Nashville State Community College is $30,136.

Public Public vs. Private

There are 342 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Crossville, and 494 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Crossville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,759 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
$4,430 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southwest Tennessee Community College is 7,371, which includes 3,243 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southwest is $27,216.

#23

Walters State Community College

Morristown, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,399 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,742 students at WSCC in total, 2,883 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 6.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from WSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,631 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$4,410 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
6% Freshmen Loans

There are 2,650 students at DSCC in total, 1,129 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,050 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from DSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,867 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
$9,232 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
36% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Middle Tennessee State University is 22,080, of which 19,188 students are undergraduates and of those, 15,520 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,776 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,300 during the early-career years.

Other Tennessee Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Motlow State Community College 229
27 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville 213
27 Cleveland State Community College 213
29 Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Inc 204
30 Jackson State Community College 200
31 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald 184
32 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston 181
33 Genesis Career College-Cookeville 178
34 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville 172
35 Fortis Institute - Nashville 171
35 Remington College - Nashville Campus 171
37 East Tennessee State University 169
38 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski 167
39 Columbia State Community College 166
40 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman 155
41 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro 150
42 Paul Mitchell the School Murfreesboro 149
43 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris 141
44 Miller-Motte College Chattanooga 134
45 William Moore College of Technology 132
46 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington 127
47 Daymar College - Clarksville 126
48 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville 125
49 Austin Peay State University 124
50 Tennessee State University 119
51 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley 117
52 EduMed Partners 116
53 Chattanooga College Medical, Dental, and Technical Careers 114
54 Paul Mitchell the School Memphis 113
54 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida - Huntsville 113
56 105
57 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crump 102
58 North Central Institute 98
59 Fortis Institute - Cookeville 97
60 Gould’s Academy 96
60 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens 96
62 Genesis Career College-Lebanon 91
63 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 89
64 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McKenzie 84
65 Austin’s Beauty College Inc 82
66 Allied Health Careers Institute 76
67 Ross Medical Education Center - Knoxville 74
68 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 73
69 Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology 72
70 Franklin Academy 65
71 Ross Medical Education Center - Johnson City 63
71 Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville 63
73 Tennessee Technological University 62
74 Queen City College 59
75 Empire Beauty School-E Memphis 58
76 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 53
77 John A Gupton College 52
78 Empire Beauty School-Nashville 51
79 University of Memphis 45
80 King University 39
81 Mind Body Institute 38
82 Elite College of Cosmetology 37
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Nashville 37
82 Trevecca Nazarene University 37
82 The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center 37
82 Arnolds Beauty School 37
87 Sandra Academy of Salon Services, Inc 35
88 Image Maker Beauty Institute 30
89 Southern Adventist University 27
90 The Hair Academy LLC 25
90 Lee University 25
90 Love Beauty School Inc 25
93 Cumberland University 23
94 Vibe Barber College 22
95 Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology 21
95 Lincoln Memorial University 21
97 Empire Beauty School-S Memphis 19
98 Daymar College - Murfreesboro 18
98 Daymar College - Nashville 18
100 Tennessee Wesleyan University 17
101 Empire Beauty School-Jackson 15
102 Massage Institute of Memphis 14
103 Health-Tech Institute of Memphis 13
104 Maryville College 11
104 Master’s Barber & Styling College 11
106 Mr Wayne’s School of Unisex Hair Design 10
107 Christian Brothers University 9
108 Union University 7
109 Lipscomb University 6
110 Bethel University 5
110 Career Beauty College 5
112 Bryan College - Dayton 3
113 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2
114 Johnson University 0
114 Milligan University 0
114 Mid-South Christian College 0
114 Carson - Newman University 0
114 DeVry University - Tennessee 0
114 Tusculum University 0

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