- TICUA membership includes 31 four-year colleges and universities, and 3 professional colleges.
- Nearly 80,000 students are enrolled in TICUA institutions, about half of which are students who graduated from high school in Tennessee.
- TICUA member colleges and universities enroll students from every county in the state.
- About a quarter of the undergraduate students attending TICUA member colleges and universities identify as non-white.
- Historically, the median family income of students attending one of the state’s four-year private colleges or universities is less than the median family income of students attending one of the state’s four-year public colleges and universities.
- About 90% of first-time, full-time students attending TICUA member institutions receive some form of financial aid.
- For every $1 the state spends on higher education, $.02 goes to students attending private colleges and universities through the Tennessee Student Assistance Awaard (TSAA) grant. This funding reaches over 5,700 low-income students a year at an average award amount of $3,905.
- In fall 2013, 12,691 students attending TICUA institutions received a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS).
- In fall 2013, one-third of all undergraduate students (20,358) attending TICUA member institutions received the Federal Pell Grant award. The average yearly award amount for these students was $4,543.
Tuition and Fees
- In fall 2013, undergraduate tuition and fees at TICUA member colleges and universities average 25% less than the national average to attend a private college or university ($22,683 compared to $30,094).
- TICUA institutions award more degrees than any other sector in the state.
- In 2012-13, our member colleges and universities graduated more than 3,500 business and management leaders, 3,500 educators, and 4,000 health care professionals. Private institutions also awarded more than 2,100 degrees in STEM majors - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.