Financial Aid


We are committed to keeping our top-quality Christian liberal arts education affordable for our students. Our tuition and fees are in line with or lower than similar colleges, and we offer a comprehensive range of scholarships, grants, loans, and other assistance based on financial need, exceptional academic ability, and special talents.

Housing Portal Update

Unfortunately, at this time, the completion date for the West Campus Commons cannot be determined. Since the project was launched, more than 70 work days have been lost due to weather, as well as other situations beyond our control. With a project of this magnitude, it is reasonable to think there likely will be other construction days lost between now and the start of the Fall 2024 academic year. 

To compensate for that possibility, both a Temporary Housing Assignment as well as a West Campus Housing Assignment for the fall have been developed. In recent days it has become more likely West Campus Commons should come online shortly after the start of semester, but will not be available when classes starts. Thus, the need for an interim Temporary Housing Assignment listing. Both selections need to be completed.

Work continues and as fall draws near, we can apply more definite timelines to the conclusion of construction and a date when students can move into the new facility. We are disappointed but remain excited about the future of residence life at Carson-Newman and believe our students will be as well. We are very grateful for your understanding and patience.

2023-2024 Costs

The following table reflects costs for full-time freshmen or transfer-students:

2023-2024 CostsPer SemesterPer Year
Technology Fee450900
Activity Fee450900
Residential Student Fee150
Meal Plan*3,0256,050

*Based on an unlimited meal plan
**Based on an estimated standard, shared room


Your personal financial aid package can include a combination of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Learn more about these types of financial aid.


Students may be able to attend Carson-Newman tuition-free.

$0 EFC (estimated family contribution)

+ TN Hope Scholarship eligible

+ FAFSA completed on-time by TSAA deadline.


Must qualify in first semester of enrollment at Carson-Newman University

Free Housing Available

NEW 2023-2024 Students

+ Federal Pell Grant Recipients

= Free standard on-campus housing

average aid received by undergraduate freshman in 2022 (includes loans)

than the median of other nearby private schools

of merit and need-based aid was awarded to students in 2022

The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to serve our students fairly with available resources so that they may achieve their goal of a Christian education and fulfill their dreams while becoming worldwide servant leaders.

Carson-Newman University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or genetic information in provision of its policies, programs, services, and activities.