ZERO Tuition Increase for AY20-21

May 1, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

As our students and their families grapple with the challenges posed by COVID-19, our commitment to accessibility and affordability has never been stronger. To that end, we are pleased to announce that there will be no tuition increase for the upcoming academic year. This will be the fourth time in seven years that the University has not had a tuition increase. The University of Memphis has led the state of Tennessee in higher education cost-containment over the past seven years, with an average tuition increase of only 1.5%, as illustrated in the following graph.

Among the steps we have taken to keep tuition and fees as low as possible for our students are the following:

  • Implementation of a guaranteed tuition plan
  • Setting a tuition cap for Tennessee residents
    • for undergraduates who take more than 12 hours, additional credits are free
    • for graduate students who take more than 10 hours, additional credits are free
  • Establishment of uniform tuition rates for online and on-campus courses
  • Simplification of the student fee structure to reduce and then eliminate the online course fee over the next couple of years, and move to a standard per credit hour structure applicable to all courses
  • Adjusting rates for non-resident and international students to enhance our enrollment

chart showing tuition increases for state of Tennessee colleges over 7 years

As the graph illustrates, our commitment to lowering costs for our students has had significant impact, and that commitment has never been more important than now. Planning for a return to campus for the fall semester is well underway. We will be ready for the full range of possible scenarios based upon the best and most up-to-date scientific advice and health guidance that puts the safety of our community members at the forefront. We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty and staff back to campus in the fall and will do so in a safe, responsible and thoughtful manner. Be safe, and stay healthy.


M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis