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Dr. Rene Corbeil
- Associate Professor of Educational Technology
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Introduction

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board encourages the development of online courses by the state universities and colleges that it oversees, and it works with colleges to ensure that online and distance education classes are high quality. It understands that these kinds of programs provide better access to higher education for thousands of Texans who don't live near a university campus, or who are holding down full-time job. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 135 schools with physical campuses Texas offer more than 300 online degree programs.

Many national online colleges also offer online programs for Texas residents, and the coordinating board works with those schools to ensure that Texas residents get quality courses from these out-of-state institutions. Most national online colleges offer degree programs to students in Texas. Many have been offering fully online degrees for years and have a broader set of programs, courses, and subjects available. Some, including University of Phoenix and ITT Technical Institute, have campuses in Texas where students can attend classes as well.

It's clear that Texas has placed a high premium on quality distance education. One reason might be that despite having a robust economy, many Texans lack the education needed to fill in-demand positions. Although 80 percent of Texans aged 25 years or older have a high school degree or higher, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, just 26.3 percent of the people in that age group have a Bachelor's degree or higher, and 39 percent have not attended college at all. According to the Lumina Foundation, the percentage of Texans who have a two- or four-year degree is below the national average (based on 2011 Census data).

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that graduation rates vary depending on age: 22.8 percent of Texans who are 25 or older have attended college without earning a degree, 6.4 percent have earned an Associate's degree and 17.5 percent have earned a Bachelor's degree. Nearly 9 percent have a graduate or professional degree. For Texas residents who are 18 to 24 years old, 43.2 percent have attended college or earned an Associate's degree and 7.2 percent have a Bachelor's degree.

There are nearly 13 million working people in Texas, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the annual average wage is $44,400. The Census Bureau looks at median salary numbers (the median is when half of then people make more than that amount and half earn less) and according to the Bureau, Texans with a Bachelor's degree earn a median salary of $50,060, while those with a graduate degree earn $66,109. In Texas, it pays to go to college.

There are 135 schools in Texas that award Bachelor's degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. About a quarter of those offer online degree programs, and many also offer other distance learning options, including off-campus, in-person classes in remote areas, videoconference classes and courses that are a hybrid of onsite and online.

Most Affordable Colleges in Texas

The following list ranks the 10 schools in Texas that offer online degrees at the lowest tuition costs. This ranking is based on a number of factors that are important to prospective students such as the actual degree programs that are taught online, and information on tuition fees, accreditation and notable alumni. Tuition figures are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and reflect in-state tuition (when in-state tuition is available). Please note that the cost of online education can vary, so prospective students should contact schools directly to confirm. See our Methodology section for more details on the ranking methodology.

1

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

Tuition/Year
$1,488
Graduation Rate
NA
# of Online Degrees
9
Average Financial Aid
$2,212
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

The Baptist Health System School of Health Professions first started as a nursing school in 1903 and has been growing ever since. It granted its first Bachelor's degree in 2013, and today offers degree programs both online and through resident programs. Baptist offers Associate's degrees in Surgical Technology Accelerated Alternate Delivery, Applied Science in Surgical Technology, Health Information Technology, Nursing, Radiological Technology and Surgical Technology. Its online Bachelor's degree program features programs in Nursing and Healthcare Management.
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The University of Texas-Pan American

Tuition/Year
$5,173
Graduation Rate
39%
# of Online Degrees
3
Average Financial Aid
$5,321
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

The University of Texas - Pan American, located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, offers their student body three online postgraduate degrees to choose from, including a Master of Education in Special Education; a Master of Business Administration; and a Master of Public Administration.
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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Tuition/Year
$5,250
Graduation Rate
27%
# of Online Degrees
21
Average Financial Aid
$4,860
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

With 21 different online programs to choose form, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is staking its claim in the online learning space. Some of the online Bachelor's degree programs include: Child and Family Studies; Communications; Humanities; Psychology; Sociology; Industrial Technology; Management; and Criminal Justice. Their online Master's programs currently inlcude: Bilingual / ESL Education; Educational Leadership; Special Education; Special Education, Autism, Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood; Business Administration; and Kinesiology.
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The University of Texas at Brownsville

Tuition/Year
$5,282
Graduation Rate
26%
# of Online Degrees
21
Average Financial Aid
$5,390
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

In addition to offering several certificates online, this branch of the University of Texas also offers a healthy menu of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs online. Undergraduate students can choose from 6 online Bachelor's degree programs, including Criminal Justice; Nursing; Multidisciplinary Studies; Computer Information Systems Technology; Health Services Technology; and Applied Arts and Sciences. Online Master's degrees include Business Administration; Education in Curriculum and Instruction; Education in Educational Technology; Computer Science; Science in Mathematics; Science in Nursing; Spanish Translation and Interpreting.
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5

Sul Ross State University

Tuition/Year
$5,676
Graduation Rate
29%
# of Online Degrees
2
Average Financial Aid
$6,550
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Sul Ross State University, located in Alpine, Texas, allows students to customize their time of graduation by choosing one of the university's two online programs, which include a Master of Science in Animal Science and a Master of Business Administration.
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6

Texas A & M International University

Tuition/Year
$6,453
Graduation Rate
43%
# of Online Degrees
4
Average Financial Aid
$4,819
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Texas A&M International University is a public, state-supported university in Laredo that is part of the Texas A&M University System. It features a College of Arts and Science, the A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, the College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Its business school has been highly rated by U.S. News & World Reports as well as The Princeton Review. TAMIU's online degree programs include a Bachelor's degree Nursing and Master's degrees in Criminal Justice, Business Administration with a concentration in International Business, and Curriculum and Instruction.
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7

Tarleton State University

Tuition/Year
$6,516
Graduation Rate
43%
# of Online Degrees
18
Average Financial Aid
$9,417
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Tarleton State University prides itself on offering personal, highly interactive online classes taught by faculty experts with experience in teaching and private industry. Tarleton's "small school atmosphere online" includes Bachelor's degree programs in Veterinary Technology, Administrative Systems, Business, Business Administration, Information Technology, Psychology, Criminal Justice Administration, Health Professions Technology, and Manufacturing and Industrial Management. For Master's degrees online, it offers Agricultural and Consumer Resources, Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Management and Leadership, Criminal Justice, English, Music Education, and Quality and Engineering Management.
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8

Lamar University

Tuition/Year
$7,659
Graduation Rate
35%
# of Online Degrees
21
Average Financial Aid
$7,492
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Lamar University offers online courses and online degree programs through its Center for Distance Education and its Center for Academic Partnerships. The school's goal is to make it easier for people who are already in the workforce to get their degree in the evenings and weekends when they are not on the job. LU Online also works closely with active duty servicemembers and veterans. Lamar's undergraduate online degree programs include Applied Arts and Sciences, General Studies, Computer Science, Industrial Technology, Criminal Justice, Nursing, General Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Communication and Sociology. Its Master's degree programs include Education and Education Administration, Teacher Leadership, Education Technology Leadership, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Special Education (Generic, Gifted and Autism), Health Promotion, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Educational Leadership.
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9

Midwestern State University

Tuition/Year
$7,753
Graduation Rate
44%
# of Online Degrees
12
Average Financial Aid
$7,319
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Midwestern State University is a public liberal arts university that puts heavy emphasis on teaching. That teaching focus translates into their online programs. Undergraduate opportunities include: Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences; Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Registered Respiratory Therapist to Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Care; Bachelor of Radiologic Sciences. Master's degrees are in Training & Development; Nursing; Health Administration; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; and Radiologic Sciences.
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10

Texas Tech University

Tuition/Year
$7,811
Graduation Rate
59%
# of Online Degrees
22
Average Financial Aid
$8,251
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Texas Tech offers a wide variety of online, off-campus and hybrid degrees. Some online courses in the TTU Worldwide eLearning program require occasional face-to-face meetings. One distinctive characteristic of TTU is that in addition to undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, it offers three undergraduate online minors in nuclear engineering, wind energy and studies in personal finance. There are four online Bachelor's degrees in General Studies, Architecture, Plant and Soil Science, Multidisciplinary Studies, University Studies and Biology. In addition, Tech offers 14 online Master's degree programs, including Art Education, Technical Communication, Instructional Technology, Special Education, Engineering, Healthcare Engineering, Agricultural Education, Plant and Soil Science, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Horticulture, Human Development and Family Studies, Multidisciplinary Science, Software Engineering, Systems and Engineering Management, and Science. Finally, Texas Tech offers online doctoral programs, which is also rare in higher education. At TTU, those doctoral programs are in Agricultural Education, Systems and Engineering Management, Technical Communication and Rhetoric, and Higher Education.
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11

Texas Woman's University

Tuition/Year
$7,836
Graduation Rate
41%
# of Online Degrees
16
Average Financial Aid
$7,366
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Texas Woman's University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that are completely taught online. Although primarily for women, Texas Woman's University is a public, co-educational university that opened its doors to male students in 1995. Some graduate-level courses are predominately online but have some on-campus courses. Some of the undergraduate courses offered online include Dental Hygiene, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Health Studies, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing and Nursing. Master's degree programs offered completely online include Education of the Deaf, Family Studies, Health Studies, Kinesiology (with separate programs for all Sports, Softball Coaching and Sport Management), Library Science, Nursing Education, Nursing Health Systems Management and Nutrition. A doctoral program in Nursing Science is also offered.
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12

Stephen F Austin State University

Tuition/Year
$8,892
Graduation Rate
43%
# of Online Degrees
15
Average Financial Aid
$7,636
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Stephen F. Austin University offers more than 20 online degree programs, from certificate programs to undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Unlike some universities, the online courses at SFA cost the same as their onsite classes, with an additional $25-per-credit fee added. Undergraduate degree programs include Nursing, Interdisciplinary Studies for Special Education Teachers, Early Childhood Teacher Certification, Middle Level Grades Teacher Certification, and Business Administration. Graduate degrees are offered in Public Administration, Human Science, Resource Interpretation, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Education with a Content Emphasis, All-level Professional Reading, Special Education, Music Education, Music Theory and Composition, and Teaching.
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13

Texas State University

Tuition/Year
$8,950
Graduation Rate
57%
# of Online Degrees
1
Average Financial Aid
$7,046
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Texas State University's online Master of Social Work program was ranked 7th in the nation recently based on a variety of criteria, including student satisfaction, peer and instructional quality, and overall affordability. Texas State offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees via online learning. Some programs are fully online but many are only partially online, with the remainder of the courses requiring face-to-face classes either at the San Marcos campus or at another meeting site off campus. The graduate programs that are more than 50 percent online include Interdisciplinary Studies, Management of Technical Education, Social Work Administrative Leadership, Secondary Education, Communication Design, Long-Term Care Administration, Family Nurse Practitioner Studies, Technical Communication, Computer Science, Software Engineering and Middle School Math Teaching.
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14

Pima Medical Institute-Houston

Tuition/Year
$11,734
Graduation Rate
67%
# of Online Degrees
6
Average Financial Aid
$6,449
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Pima Medical Institute has campuses in several states, but also online programs that aim to prepare distance learners to be medical professionals. They offer two Associate degrees in Advanced Placement Track Radiography and Placement Track Radiography, and four Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas: Health Care Administration; Physical Therapist Assistant; Radiologic Sciences; and Respiratory Therapy.
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15

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Austin

Tuition/Year
$13,390
Graduation Rate
64%
# of Online Degrees
3
Average Financial Aid
$5,037
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

There are lots of opportunities for online learning in the culinary field, especially for those interested in management. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers two Associate degrees in Culinary Operations and Hospitality & Restaurant Management. Online learners could also opt to work towards a Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Management.
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16

Virginia College-Austin

Tuition/Year
$13,932
Graduation Rate
20%
# of Online Degrees
22
Average Financial Aid
$9,392
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Virginia College, with locations in both Austin and Lubbock, as well as a number of other states, offers a variety of Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees online. Virginia, with online degree programs ranging from Business, to Healthcare, Paralegal and Criminal Justice, caters to the needs of working professionals who see a degree as a way to advance their careers or usher themselves into a new career. Online Associate degree programs are offered in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Healthcare Reimbursement, Human Resource Management, Medical Office Administration, Network Engineering, Office Administration and Paralegal Studies. Its Bachelor's degree programs include Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Golf Course Management, Health Services Management, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Network Management and Paralegal Studies. Finally, its online Master's degree programs focus on Business Administration, Business Administration Management, Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity.
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17

Vista College

Tuition/Year
$15,425
Graduation Rate
99%
# of Online Degrees
5
Average Financial Aid
$11,154
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Vista Colleges has campuses in 7 different cities in Texas, plus another in nearby Las Cruces, New Mexico. But, they also have online programs available for students who prefer to complete their degrees remotely. They have 4 Associate degree programs in Business Administration; Network Administration; Criminal Justice; and Paralegal. They offer one Bachelor's degree in Business Management.
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18

Lubbock Christian University

Tuition/Year
$19,600
Graduation Rate
41%
# of Online Degrees
6
Average Financial Aid
$10,702
Accredited
 
School Type
Both

About

Lubbock Christian University prides itself not only on teaching, it has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 20 Comprehensive College in the Western Region, but on building character among its students, including those learning from a distance through its online programs. LCU was one of only six Texas schools to be named to the Templeton Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges, and prides itself on its above-average placement rate for graduates of its education and pre-med programs. LCU offers two undergraduate degree programs and four graduate online degrees. It also offers hybrid programs, where some of the classes are online and some are face to face, through its graduate Bible department and graduate nursing department. The online undergraduate degrees are offered in Organizational Management and Organizational Leadership, and the online graduate degrees are offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Human Services, Leadership and Educational Leadership
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School Interviews

Rene Corbeil

Dr. Rene Corbeil, Associate Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Texas at Brownsville

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at The University of Texas at Brownsville?

The University of Texas at Brownsville presently offers 21 online programs-- 8 Master's degrees, 6 Bachelor's and 7 graduate certificates-- and delivers over 600 online undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral level course sections per year to approximately 9,000 online students.

These fully online programs employ a mix of synchronous and asynchronous communication, facilitated through web-based discussion forums, blogs, desktop video conferencing, email, and a host of social media tools.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Do research on the program and institution you are interested in. Make sure that the institution is accredited and then, research the accreditation agency to ensure that it is recognized by the employers you will be seeking jobs with after you graduate. If the program itself is also accredited, then this degree will be of even more value.

Contact a faculty member or advisor in the online program you are interested in. In an online degree program, it is important to be able to reach someone if you need assistance. You can learn a lot about the type of support and service you will be able to count on from initial calls or emails.

Ask questions regarding the program requirements and the types of course assignments, projects, and assessments. Also ask about the technology tools and skills you are expected to have entering the program. This will help you determine if you have the skills, technology, and time necessary to successfully complete the course and program requirements.

To be successful in an online program, you will need to be proactive in asking for help, take the lead in your learning, and manage your time and life responsibilities wisely. Online programs offer opportunities and flexibility for academic and career advancement for adults, especially those who need to juggle multiple responsibilities such as work, family, and school.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

In the coming years, online learning will evolve especially regarding the increased use of web-based collaboration tools, outside of the learning management system, to facilitate more dynamic and experiential project-based and collaborative learning. Online programs will also shift from the use of print-based textbooks to more affordable and up-to-date e-books, as well as digital content sharing.

Another growing trend in e-learning is competency-based education. Through this approach, students advance through a program of study based on their ability to master specific skills or competencies, usually at their own pace.


Louder

Justin R. Louder, Assistant Vice Provost at Texas Tech University

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Texas Tech University?

We have more than 50 online programs including Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, more hybrid or online doctoral programs than any other university in Texas, and graduate certificate programs. Our comprehensive group of courses and programs allow a student to receive a Texas Tech University degree from anywhere – that is why we are named TTU Worldwide eLearning!

US News and World Report ranked our Master’s degree programs in Engineering and Education as some of the best programs in the nation. A list from the Affordable Colleges Foundation ranked Texas Tech number 6 out of 46 universities in the United States for our affordable and economical degrees. We were the only Texas university ranked by this group.

Texas Tech University prides itself on offering high quality online degree programs that are taught by the same highly-qualified faculty teaching in our campus-based or traditional programs. Students get the same content as they would if they were sitting in the traditional classroom. The only difference between a degree offered by TTU Worldwide eLearning and on the main campus in Lubbock is the fact that the student is doing their coursework online at their computer, in their environment and on their schedule. 

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Realize that online doesn’t mean easier -- it just means you don’t sit in a classroom for classes. You need to be a motivated learner and set aside time each day to do your coursework, just like you would if you were taking a traditionally offered face-to-face class.

Online learning is very rewarding and is a great option for people that don’t have access to a university in their area, can’t sit in the classroom because of other commitments, or need the flexibility of learning anywhere.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

I see online education continuing to grow as more and more students want the flexibility of learning anytime and anyplace. I see universities expanding their online programs and adapting to the changing landscape of higher education in the U.S. I also believe you will see programs utilizing tools for adaptive learning and expanding competency-based learning opportunities for people who have significant real-world experience in different fields.

I don’t think online classes will ever replace the traditional “brick and mortar” institutions -- we will always have traditional schools -- but online learning will continue to provide the answer for those numerous students who cannot sit in a classroom.

Texas City Snapshots

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Mean Wage

$46,800

Average Cost of a House

$2,12,278

# of Employed People

$3.4 million

Total Population

6.5 million

Average Salary

$53,211

Economics

There are about 3.4 million people employed in the metropolitan area that includes Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas. They made on average about $22.50 per hour, which translates to an annual salary of $46,800. The Cost of Living index for this area is 92.1, with home prices averaging $212,278.

Demographics

More than 6.5 million people live in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington metro area, making it the largest urban area in Texas by just a few hundred thousand more than Houston. The entire state has a workforce of nearly 13 million people, which means Dallas-Fort Worth provides about 26 percent of the state's workers. The metropolitan area's unemployment rate is just 5 percent.

Fun Facts

There are a wide variety of historic, educational and entertaining things to do in the Dallas area. Sports are big, of course, with the Dallas Cowboys football team and Dallas Mavericks basketball team leading the way in popularity. The Dallas Art District is the cultural mecca for the area; at 68 acres, it's the largest urban arts district in the country. The Dallas Art Museum is often free and open to the public. Those who want to enjoy the outdoors can find trails and more than 21,000 acres of parks within the city.

Houston, Texas

Mean Wage

$49,830

Average Cost of a House

$2,51,913

# of Employed People

$3.1 million

Total Population

6.1 million

Average Salary

$56,369

Economics

The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area employs more than 3.1 million people, providing 24 percent of the state's 12.9 million workers. Workers in Houston area earn on average $23.9 per hour, for an average annual wage of $49,830. About one in four employees works for a government agency, and the unemployment rate is just 5 percent. The Cost of Living index for this area is 98.2. Home prices, one of the key categories that comprise the index, average $251,913.

Demographics

There are just under 6.1 million people living in the Houston area, making it the second-largest point of the Texas Triangle. The city of Houston has a vibrant ethnic diversity, with whites comprising only about 25 percent of the city's population and Hispanics making up 43 percent. When ranking cities -- and not metropolitan areas -- by population, Houston is the fourth-largest city in the nation, behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Fun Facts

Houston, known as the Bayou City, has recently revitalized its downtown area, making it a great place for dining, entertainment and the arts. Many visitors make it a point to visit the Space Center in Houston, but there is also the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo and the downtown aquarium. Houston also boasts a great number of parks and nature preserves, including historic areas like Sam Houston Park and the 155-acre Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

San Antonio, Texas

Mean Wage

$41,350

Average Cost of a House

$2,24,918

# of Employed People

$1 million

Total Population

NA

Average Salary

$49,528

Economics

The San Antonio-New Braufels metropolitan area is home to just over 1 million workers, about 7 percent of the state's total workforce. The average hourly wage is $19.88 and the average annual salary is $41,350. The unemployment rate in San Antonio is only 4.7 percent. In the city of San Antonio alone, more than 80 percent of the residents have at least a high school diploma. The cost of living is 92.5, with home prices averaging $224,918.

Demographics

The city of San Antonio alone is growing. In recent years, the population has grown by 6.1 percent. According to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 110,000 companies doing business in San Antonio. About 40 percent of those businesses are owned by Hispanics, well above the rate for Texas overall.

Fun Facts

When you think of San Antonio, you may think of the Alamo, the famous fort. That fort is now a historical attraction in downtown San Antonio. In addition, the San Antonio River Walk, a series of cafes, restaurants and shops lining the river through downtown, is a major attraction.

Other Texas Resources

The governor of Tennessee, Bill Halsam, joined forces with governors from 18 other states, including Oklahoma and Texas, in January 2013 to launch a Tennessee branch of Western Governors University. The university, which now serves students from all 50 states, offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in four areas of subject matter -- business, information technology, K-12 teacher education and health professions, including nursing. The average tuition for WGU students is approximately $6,000 per year.

Tennessee's strategy for the new online school is two-fold. First, the state hopes that WGU's online programs can serve as a stepping stone for unemployed and underemployed adults to learn new skills in preparation for a new career. And second, Tennessee hopes that increasing the number of highly educated adults in the state may attract new corporations and jobs.


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