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Motlow freezes tuition for 2nd consecutive year

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) decided not to increase the tuition costs for Motlow State Community College and other Tennessee public institutions for students in the Fall. According to THEC, the decision to freeze tuition is the first time the group has done that in its history; however, this is the second year with no tuition increase at Motlow.

“Motlow acknowledges the financial hardships faced by students and their families due to the pandemic and rising inflation costs. Not increasing tuition during this time is encouraging news for potential and current students,” said Motlow Vice President of External Affairs Dr. Terri Bryson. “With the recent increase to the Pell Grant, TN Promise, and TN Reconnect, attending Motlow has never been more affordable.”

Governor Bill Lee and other state lawmakers approved a $90 million investment into the state’s higher education budget, making the tuition freeze possible. 

“One of the College’s main objectives is to assist students in graduating Motlow with little or no debt using the programs that the State provides for students, if eligible,” said Motlow’s Executive Vice President for Business and Finance, Hilda Tunstill. 

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Motlow’s low tuition is also an advantage for students making tough decisions regarding quality secondary education options. The average cost of tuition and fees is approximately $10,000 per year at public universities, according to THEC, and a little less than half of that at community and technical colleges. 

The College helps students financially in more ways than low tuition, providing an above-average return on college investment. Motlow supports students financially through open educational resource courses, eliminating the cost of textbooks. 

Motlow consistently ranks as one of the top-performing colleges in Tennessee. Explore Motlow’s options and chart a path with support and resources right for you. 

Fall classes start on August 22. Find out more at

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Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient, and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. The system offers associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs, and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at or visit Motlow at

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