ETSU Advantage

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Discover the ETSU Advantage

Outstanding education made affordable

At East Tennessee State University, you’ll find the opportunities of a large university with the community feel of a much smaller school. You’ll find a place that cares about you, helps you discover your passions, and equips you to be your very best. ETSU makes a difference in the lives of our students so that you can be the difference of the future.

  • 93% of students feel ETSU provides a supportive environment
  • 97% of students plan to enroll for the fall term
  • 90% of current students feel a sense of belonging at ETSU
  • $30+ million in institutional aid awarded

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Tennessee Residents

ETSU has worked together to improve the lives of the people of our region for more than a century. We have scholarships and financial aid programs to help first-time freshmen earn a college degree at an affordable rate, such as our Promise Plus and Free Freshmen Tuition Programs.

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Border County Residents

Students residing in select bordering counties in North Carolina and Virginia may attend ETSU at the in-state tuition rate, and they may be considered for certain in-state scholarships.

Students that reside at an address located within the following North Carolina & Virginia counties also qualify:

  • Ashe Co., NC
  • Avery Co., NC
  • Haywood Co., NC
  • Madison Co., NC
  • Mitchell Co., NC
  • Watauga Co., NC
  • Yancey Co., NC
  • Grayson Co., VA
  • Lee Co., VA
  • Scott Co., VA
  • Washington Co., VA

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New Tuition Rates for VA, NC, SC, GA, and KY Residents:

NEW FOR FALL 2021! ETSU introduced a new competitive tuition rate of $10,500 for residents of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia. There are no GPA or financial requirements to receive this rate.

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With nearly 15,000 students from 71 countries and 46 states, we offer many advantages for out-of-state students. Whether you live near or far, ETSU has exciting scholarship and financial aid opportunities specifically for you.

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