ETSU Advantage

Discover the tuition advantages that ETSU has to offer

ETSU Advantage

In-State & select bordering counties in North Carolina & Virginia

East Tennessee State University has worked together to improve the lives of the people of our region for more than a century. Students attending this fall will see no across-the-board increase in tuition, housing or meal plan costs and incoming freshmen may be elibilbe for new last-dollar tuition assistance programs for Tennessee residents. With more than 140 academic programs available, the ETSU Advantage is clear.


  • 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
  • 0% increase for on-campus housing and meal plans
  • $5.54 million CARES Act funds distributed to support qualifying students

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

ETSU helps first-time freshman students earn a college degree at an affordable rate.

Find out more about the Promise Plus Program and request information

ETSU Promise Plus

ETSU is also offering a new payment plan option to give students the ability to spread out payments and decrease monthly fees. Learn more about your payment options.

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HOPE + TSAA = Free Tuition for Freshmen

During the 2020-21 academic year, ETSU is offering FREE tuition for first-time, full-time freshmen who meet our eligibility requirements.

Learn more about the HOPE & TSAA award…

Free Tuition Requirements:

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