Cost to attend ETSU can vary from semester to semester depending on many factors: Housing, Credit Hours, Meal Plans, Books, Distance Education fees, Residency and more. 

Click on the links below to find out more about associated costs.

Housing- Residence halls and apartment units are available for single men and women on campus. Additional university apartments are available to a limited number of students and to married students. You can also choose to live off- campus.  Click here for a list of off-campus housing options.

Tuition (Credit Hours)- Fees are subject to change on an annual basis. Additional fees may be required based on the delivery method of the course or for specific majors. 

ETSU E-Rate- ETSU offers a discounted e-rate to out-of-state students enrolled exclusively in online courses and programs.

Course Related Fees- Certain ETSU courses have course related fees. 

Meal Plans- Various meal programs are available but are not required. Students may choose the program which best meets their individual needs.

Distance Education Fees- For courses taught by a method other than the traditional classroom setting, additional fees may apply.

Residency (in-state/out-of-state) Your state of residency will determine your status of in-state or out-of-state tuition.

Program and Service Fees - In addition to tuition, students will pay ETSU’s program and service fee.   The fee is based on the number of credit hours for which a student enrolls.  It includes parking, athletics, student activities, and other items. 

Textbooks- Most classes at ETSU require textbooks.  Visit the ETSU Bookstore web site to get a list of required books and cost for your classes.


ETSU provides the opportunity for qualified students who are residents of approved border counties to pay at the in-state rate. The approved counties are:

  • North Carolina: Ashe, Avery, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey 
  • Virginia: Lee, Scott, Washington

For academic requirements call Admissions at (423) 439-4213 or click here to visit the website.: 


The Academic Common Market is an interstate agreement between southern states for sharing academic programs not readily available in the home state. The ACM allows out-of-state students (both undergraduate and graduate) in approved programs to pay in-state tuition and fees. For more information call Admissions at (423) 439-4213 or click here to visit the website. 

If you would like to estimate your tuition, click here to use the tuition estimator.