There are several opportunities listed below to apply for scholarships and tuition discount programs to help offset your tuition at Tennessee State University.  You can start by visiting the Scholarship Page on the TSU website.

1) Scholar Tuition Rate

If you are an entering freshmen student and have earned a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.00 or better and scored a minimum 21 ACT/980SAT you will receive the Scholar Tuition Rate. Please see below.

The Scholar Tuition Rate reduces the amount of Out-of-State tuition the student pays per semester. The rate is available to all categories of out-of-state student (i.e. first time freshmen, transfer students, returning students, etc).

  • First‐time freshmen must have a 21 ACT (or 980 SAT verbal and math) and a high school un‐weighted cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum of 15 credit hours earned and a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Returning student must have minimum 15 credit hours earned and a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

To take advantage of the rate, the student must register for a minimum of 15 hours for the term in which the discounted rate is offered. To maintain their eligibility, student must successfully pass the 15 hours while achieving a term and overall 3.0 GPA. 

In the scenario below as an example, the ‘Scholar Rate’ recipient saved over $3300.00 by qualifying to the Scholar Tuition Rate for the year these rates were in effect.

Typical Out-of-State Student

Out-of-State Scholar Rate Recipient

Maintenance (cost of classes)



Out-of-State Tuition



Programs and Service Fees






*** This does not includes Housing and Meals.  That information can be found at

2)  250-Mile Radius Tuition Rate Program

If the high school from which you graduated is within a 250 mile radius of Nashville, TN,  you could be eligible for significant tuition discounts!  Please visit this page for details and eligibility requirements.  

3) Other Scholarship Opportunities

Please visit the websites below to determine if you are eligible for their scholarships.  These scholarship programs are not sponsored by Tennessee State University:

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Bryce Thompson $100,000 HBCU Scholarship

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program

2016 Green Home Improvement Scholarship

VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Patriotic Art Contest

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

Diabetes Scholars Foundation