PDF Files: County Profile
College participation rates by gender and ethnicity for each of Tennessee's 95
counties are presented here. Each profile also provides a comparison of the
county vs. state average.
PDF Files: High School Profile
College participation rates for all Tennessee's public high schools are
presented. Each profile also provides district and state averages for comparison
Last Dollar Calculator
The Last Dollar Scholarship County Cost Calculator provides an annual cost
estimate for county, business, and community leaders who are interested in
establishing a “last dollar” scholarship program for their county. A last dollar
scholarship program provides students with the remaining money needed to cover
tuition and fees at a Tennessee public institution after all other grant aid has
been applied. Similar programs are run by the Ayers Foundation in Decatur
county, the Niswonger Foundation in Northeast Tennessee, and Tennessee Achieves
in Knox and surrounding counties. Technical notes on the calculator can be found
at the bottom of this page.
The Associate's Program is based on the projected cost for paying for a student
to attend two years at a Tennessee public community college. The Bachelor's
Program is the projected cost of paying for a student to attend two years at a
Tennessee public community college AND two years at a Tennessee public four-year
1. Select your county.
2. Select the program level you are interested in providing (Associate's or
3. Enter the annual population growth rate you want the model to assume.
calculator will default to the average annual population growth rate over the
last ten years for your selected county.
4. Enter the tuition and fee growth rate you want modeled.
*The calculator will default to the average annual tuition & fee growth rate
over the last ten years for your selected county.
5. Select the stipend amount you want to provide beyond tuition & fees (for
instance, for books).
The figures above are based on the 2009 cohort of first-time full-time freshman
who filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled
at a Tennessee public community college. The projections assume that the average
total financial aid per student will remain constant, and that the historical
college going, retention, and transfer rates will remain the same.
In keeping with the spirit of the Complete College Tennessee Act, the calculator
models that community college students will either transfer to a four-year
institution after their freshman or sophomore year or graduate with an
associate’s degree. Any students who stay at a community college for a third
year are not considered in the projected costs or number of students served.
The average annual population growth rates were derived from the U.S. Census and
can be obtained from the
U.S. Census Quick Facts Website. If the county's average annual population
growth rate was negative then the calculator will assume a growth rate of zero.
The average annual tuition and fees growth rate was derived from the
2010-2011 Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book.
Academic Program Inventory
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is the state coordinating agency for public higher education, which includes all institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee. The Commission has final academic degree program approval authority.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission Academic Program Inventory (API) is a comprehensive listing of all active and inactive certificate and degree programs at all levels offered by Tennessee public universities and community colleges. The programs are listed by national Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) fields using the CIP assigned codes. The API also displays concentrations or specialty areas within program majors. The API additionally notes program accreditation eligibility and status, the in-state program evaluation and assessment calendar for each program, and program inclusion in the Southern Regional Educational Board's Academic Common Market.
The API is the core data base used for tracking the annual productivity of programs, source for determining unnecessary duplication of programs, and the program data source for workplace supply and demand analyses. The users of the API are institutions, governing boards, business and industry, and the general public. The ready availability of program listings in a searchable database is critically important in program planning, development, and termination processes in keeping with each institution's mission.
The API contains information about the approximately 1,800 approved degree programs currently offered by our public universities, community colleges and technology centers. The inventory is the State’s sole source in tracking concentrations of academic programs. This feature allows searching the Academic Program Inventory database by Federal CIP, by Major Name, or by Institution.