What's Next?

Southern College of Optometry accepts applications from all states and foreign countries.

Limited positions are available for applicants from the following regional states participating in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) contract program or other types of state supported tuition assistance program:


To be eligible for one of the regional positions, the applicant must be a bona fide resident of that state and be so certified by the appropriate state authority. Residency certification instructions are provided after the application for admission is received. It should be noted that residency certification does not guarantee a regional position, as these positions are limited. Once the applicant has been admitted to the College, the state of residence may not be changed for regional consideration. Since SCO is a private school, please note that if you are not a Tennessee resident at the time of application, you cannot become a Tennessee resident for tuition purposes at any time during your enrollment.

Optometry School Tuition at SCO:

Non-Regional Tuition for
2018-19 academic year:



Regional Tuition for
2018-19 academic year:

Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina
Kansas $31,976
Tennessee $27,239
West Virginia $25,666


$1,266 approximate for first year
$2,954 approximate for first year


Tuition Deposit


Other than the fees listed above, the remaining expenses a student will encounter are housing and living costs. SCO does not have on-campus housing, but the school is located in an area with numerous affordable apartment complexes and single-family homes. According to the American Chamber of Commerce Research Association, Memphis has one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the nation among cities with populations of more than 500,000.

SCO has developed an interactive debt calculator tool for prospective and current students. Use this calculator to select data applicable to you, i.e., regional or non-regional tuition, dependents, etc. Using current rates, you will be provided estimates for paying back your loan over time to calculate the total costs of your optometric education.