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Guide to Online Colleges in Texas

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Top Industries Methodology

Using 2019 data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we generated a list of industries in the state, which we then ranked according to four criteria:

  1. Annual mean wage
  2. Employment
  3. Projected employment growth
  4. Location quotient, a measurement of the prevalence of an occupation in a specific area

All industries were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points. Please note that most occupations are included in more than one industry, and so employment across industries will not add up to total employment in the state.

Best Jobs Methodology

Using 2019 data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we generated a list of careers for each metro area in the state. All careers on the list had to meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum Education of “Some postsecondary education” or higher

We ranked each resulting list of careers according to four criteria:

  1. Annual mean wage
  2. Employment
  3. Projected employment growth
  4. Location quotient, a measurement of the prevalence of an occupation in a specific area

All careers were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Sources for featured schools:

  • Sam Houston State University, Accessed November 2018, https://www.shsu.edu/
    • SHSU Online, https://online.shsu.edu/home/
  • Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Accessed November 2018, https://www.sagu.edu/
    • Degree Programs, Southwestern Assemblies of God, https://www.sagu.edu/admissions/on-campus-online-degrees-at-sagu
  • Texas Tech University, Accessed November 2018, https://www.ttu.edu/
    • Online and Distance Programs, Texas Tech University, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/programs/
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Accessed November 2018, https://www.utpb.edu/
    • Online Programs, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, https://www.utpb.edu/online/index
  • Texas Women's University, Accessed November 2018, https://twu.edu/
    • Brief History of TWU, Texas Woman's University, https://twu.edu/about-twu/brief-history-of-twu/
    • Guide for Online Courses, Texas Woman's University, https://twu.edu/guide-for-online-courses/
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Accessed November 2018, https://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/
  • LeTourneau University, Accessed November 2018, https://www.letu.edu/
    • Academics, LeTourneau University, https://www.letu.edu/academics/all-academics.html
    • Technology, Library and Learning Resources, LeTourneau University, https://catalog.letu.edu/content.php?catoid=11&navoid=713
  • West Texas A&M University, Accessed November 2018, https://www.wtamu.edu/
    • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver, Scholarships, Texas A&M University, accessed November 15, 2018, http://scholarships.tamu.edu/Non-Resident-Tuition-Waiver
    • Online Degree Programs, West Texas A&M University, http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/distance-education-online-degree-programs.aspx
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, Accessed November 2018, https://www.uta.edu/uta/
    • Accreditations & Organizations, Arlington Career Institute, http://arlingtoncareerinstitute.edu/about-us/why-aci/
    • Programs and Courses, Center for Distance Learning, University of Texas at Arlington, http://www.uta.edu/distance/programs-and-courses.php
  • Lamar University, Accessed November 2018, https://www.lamar.edu/
    • About LU, Lamar University, https://www.lamar.edu/about-lu/index.html
    • LU Online, Lamar University, https://www.lamar.edu/lu-online/index.html

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  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, Accessed November 2018, http://www.accsc.org/
  • Aerospace, aviation & defense, Office of the Texas Governor, Accessed March 2019, https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/business/aerospace2018.pdf
  • American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/
  • American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_5YR_S1501
  • Biotech & Life Sciences, Greater Houston Partnership, Accessed March 2019, https://www.houston.org/why-houston/industries/biotechnology-lifesciences
  • Business Climate, The City of San Antonio, Accessed March 2019, https://www.sanantonio.gov/EDD/Business-Climate
  • Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, https://www.utrgv.edu/online/index.htm
  • Civilian labor force and unemployment wages by state and metropolitan area, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed May 2016, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.t01.htm
  • College Access Loan, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Accessed August 2016, http://www.hhloans.com/index.cfm?objectid=21A41908-C7D3-A868-66FB91774CF078CB
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Texas is a big state, and it has big plans to increase its number of college graduates. Its "60x30TX" initiative aims to have at least 60 percent of the state's 25- to 34-year-olds possess certificates or degrees by 2030.

Two ways the state plans to reach this goal include making college more affordable and rapidly adding online programs — both of which can significantly improve access to higher education in Texas. Online programs allow students who struggle with distance from campuses, full-time work schedules, childcare and other challenges to complete their studies from anywhere, at times that work for them.

Take a look at this sampling of what online colleges in Texas can offer students:

  • The Lone Star State is home to 140 colleges and universities that offer online degree programs.
  • 68 online Texas colleges offer associate degree programs, 88 provide bachelor's degree programs, and 83 have master's degree programs.
  • More than 40 faith-based online colleges and seminaries call Texas "home."
  • Texas has one college that is entirely online: Vista College in Richardson offers online certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs.
  • The UT Online Consortium, a partnership among five University of Texas institutions, enables enrolled students to enroll in online courses at any participating school, regardless of the student's "host" or primary campus.

Want to learn more about online colleges in Texas as well as Texas-focused financial aid? You're in the right place. We've done our research to develop rankings of online colleges, providing useful information to help you compare schools and programs. You can also explore grants, scholarships and loans that may be available to qualified Texas residents, as well as information on Texas' best industries and careers for ideas on where to focus your studies.

What Makes a Good Online College in Texas?

Students looking for online colleges in Texas have an important decision to make — and our rankings can help. All schools on this page are accredited by Texas-recognized agencies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Learn why accreditation matters at our "What is College Accreditation?" page, or at the Texas Education Agency.

Accreditation is only one of the factors that makes for a quality online college, however. An explanation of the characteristics we look at when evaluating schools, as well as why they matter, can be found in the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2019-20

Our rankings allow students to compare online colleges and determine which might be the best match for their needs. To help with this comparison, we display data and descriptions of each school, demonstrating how they serve online students. We touch on topics such as overall school culture, number of online programs and variety of online resources, generating a snapshot of the best online colleges in Texas for your use.

If you'd like to narrow the list of online colleges based on specific criteria, try our Top Colleges Tool, which allows you to apply filters to our database of schools and create rankings based on your individual needs.

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Sam Houston State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,062
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37
School Type
4-year

What is SHSU like?

For the second year in a row, Sam Houston State University and its dozens of online degree programs rank among our best online colleges in Texas, this time rising to the top of our list from No.2 last year. SHSU extends online offerings from the same award-winning on-campus faculty and staff that led to the Carnegie "Doctoral Research University" designation, placing it among the top seven percent of all U.S. colleges and universities.

What online programs are at SHSU?

Online students can pursue popular online programs like those in business administration, health care administration and criminal justice at SHSU. Courses are taught through a mixture of text, lectures, discussion boards, video and other course materials, delivered on a typical semester schedule through the Blackboard learning environment.

What online resources does SHSU offer?

SHSU students in online degree programs have all the benefits of college services that other students receive, such as career services, student success initiatives, mentoring, a writing center and more. Newly enrolled students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to keep them on track throughout the online learning experience. In addition, new students enrolled in a 100% online program are eligible for a one-time $1,000 scholarship from SHSU.

 
2

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$19,994
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
63%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55
School Type
4-year

What is SAGU like?

Once known as Southwestern Bible College, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University aims to provide a Bible-based education that prepares students for the academic, professional, spiritual and cross-cultural career journeys. To that end, the curriculum for SAGU programs includes in-depth courses in theology and Bible studies. Its dedication to its mission seems to be paying off: SAGU has made our ranking list for the second year in a row, rising from No.4 to No.2.

What online programs are at SAGU?

Those looking for online degrees in Texas can find dozens of possibilities at SAGU, ranging from online associate programs -- like the A.S. in psychology or the A.A. in education -- to graduate programs in divinity, theology, education, history and more. Numerous programs shine a spotlight on the school's Christian background, such as those in church ministries, religion and philosophy, biblical studies and the like. All online courses are delivered through Blackboard.

What online resources does SAGU offer?

Online students at SAGU enjoy all the same services on-campus students receive, such as a comprehensive library service, student devotionals, tutoring, academic advising and workshops presented through Blackboard. Students can also earn credit for life experience; by enrolling in a three-hour course, students can earn up to 45 credit hours through demonstrations of knowledge and work experience.

 
3

Texas Tech University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,860
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
47%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45
School Type
4-year

What is TTU like?

Texas Tech University takes accessibility and diversity seriously. This esteemed university offers more online doctoral degree programs than any other institution in the state of Texas, is a military-friendly Purple Heart University, and has several initiatives in place that make taking online courses much easier for those with disabilities. TTU even offers online course options for K-12 students and for non-degree-seeking students.

What online programs are at TTU?

TTU is on our list for a second year in a row, and that's partly because of the robust online offerings. In addition to programs you might expect, such as those in business or criminal justice, there are some unique options such as the Bachelor of Science in wind energy, the Master of Science in horticulture and the PhD in special education. There are also dozens of graduate certificate programs available.

What online resources does TTU offer?

TTU students can receive robust support through the Blackboard learning system, as well as separate student support services that include numerous articles offering guidance on subjects from advising to financial aid. Online students who reside out-of-state can also enjoy a tuition rate that is very close to the in-state residency rate, thus helping to keep educational costs down.

 
4

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,782
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
74%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

What is UTPB like?

Awarding $15 million in financial aid each year, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is one of the more affordable online colleges in Texas. As an added bonus, many of the school's online programs are accelerated, allowing students to finish their degree program sooner than is typical. The school has earned numerous awards and recognitions, and it tends to show up on important rankings for top online colleges in Texas (such as this one!)

What online programs are at UTPB?

Students can take advantage of numerous bachelor's, master's and certificate programs through UTPB, many of which are in an accelerated format of seven-week courses. Courses are taken on the flexible Canvas platform. For even more flexibility, there are five start dates throughout the year. Popular degrees include those in psychology, business, education and industrial technology.

What online resources does UTPB offer?

The REACH Center is home to numerous resources for online students, such as Canvas student training, online tutoring, help with online technical issues and much more. The SmarterMeasure quiz tool helps students understand their online learning abilities and thus aids them in choosing the right delivery format for success. Students can also utilize robust library services that put research and learning materials right at their fingertips.

 
5

Texas Woman's University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,486
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
58%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

What is TWU like?

Another great school hitting our list for the second year in a row, Texas Woman's University offers a wealth of certificates and degrees through a robust online course schedule. Founded in 1901, the university started admitting men in 1972, but remains the largest university in the nation that is primarily for women.

What online programs are at TWU?

In addition to its many hybrid and completion programs, students can pursue fully online master's programs in fields such as child development, business administration, health studies and library science, among many others. Some doctoral programs are also available, such as the hybrid Ph.D. in nursing science. Courses are delivered via either Canvas or Blackboard, and some might require synchronous online meetings.

What online resources does TWU offer?

Academic advising, tutoring and full library services are strong student support staples for online learning at TWU. Among the many online resources available to students is Smarter Measure, an online tool designed to help students understand more about their learning style. The aim is to help students recognize and refine the best possible skills and habits so they can successfully tackle online courses.

 
6

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,587
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
46%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

What is UTRGV like?

Founded in 2013, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is a rather new entry into the higher education scene, but it is already making a big impression. The robust Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology offers dozens of accelerated online master's degree programs designed for busy students, as well as certificate and bachelor's programs.

What online programs are at UTRGV?

Most online UTRGV programs are at the master's level, and several -- including business administration, health sciences and social work -- offer a variety of specializations, so students have options to customize their learning experience.

The university's accelerated programs run on a seven-week class schedule. Other programs, such as the online Master of Science in mathematics or the Master of Education in bilingual education, work on a regular semester schedule. Both accelerated and regular programs use the Blackboard learning platform to manage assignments and foster class communication.

What online resources does UTRGV offer?

Support for online students at UTRGV is very comprehensive, including technology, testing, library, writing and proctoring services. Students can take advantage of advising services while in school, as well as a career center to help them prepare for life beyond the classroom. The unique Top Hat engagement platform offers even more ways for students to connect with teachers and peers.

 
7

LeTourneau University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$29,320
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
58%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30
School Type
4-year

What is LETU like?

Styling itself as the Christian Polytechnic University, LeTourneau University welcomes students from all walks of Christianity. Their student body represented approximately 50 different denominational groups in 2018. A small but comprehensive university with a hands-on, can-do attitude, LETU also ranked on our list of the best online Christian colleges for 2019-20.

What online programs are at LETU?

Most graduate programs are LETU are fully online, including those in health care administration, teacher leadership and psychology. Select undergraduate programs are also offered online, such as accounting, theology, aviation management or aviation security. Courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning platform and LetNet, the school portal, which helps students keep track of class schedules, grades and more.

What online resources does LETU offer?

Students who need a little extra help can take advantage of online tutoring in math, writing, history, business and computer science topics. Resources to help students with time management, test taking, organization and the like are also available through the Student Success Center.

 
8

West Texas A&M University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,846
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
57%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

What is WTAMU like?

In 1910, West Texas A&M University opened its doors for the first time. Over a century later, distance education allows students to learn from this storied university without ever setting foot on campus. WTAMU offers students three options for completing an online curriculum:

  • A 100 percent online program,where no classes are taken in person
  • A Fully Online program, where face-to-face sessions take up no more than 15 percent of the instruction time
  • A Hybrid/ Blended program, where up to 50 percent of courses are taken in-person, depending upon the degree sought

What online programs are at WTAMU?

Options at the undergraduate level include criminal justice, economics, business and more, while the graduate level features counseling, education and engineering, among others. There is even the educational leadership EdD, which is delivered under the Fully Online program plan. Students access their courses through WTClass, which uses the Blackboard system. The Education on Demand option allows students to take accelerated courses and thus potentially shorten the time it takes to earn their degree.

What online resources does WTAMU offer?

Numerous student support services are in place for those seeking an online degree. It begins with advising, which can be helpful even before a student has chosen their first courses. The Smarthinking online tutoring service is available at no extra cost to help students when they run into problems with classwork. Meanwhile, the Cornette Library hosts ample research and reading opportunities to enhance the educational experience.

 
9

The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,952
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18
School Type
4-year

What is UTA like?

Known for its diversity and its military-friendly options, the University of Texas at Arlington offers more than 700 courses and multiple degree programs that can be taken online. It is a Servicemembers Opportunity College, and its resources for veterans and their families have been lauded by sources such as the Military Times.

What online programs are at UTA?

UTA makes online programs available for its students in areas such as public health, education, social work, business and more, with courses taught through the Blackboard system. This Texas university is particularly conducive to nursing students: nursing education is available at every degree level from bachelor's on up, culminating in an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Programs feature multiple start dates, and some may be taken in an accelerated format in the bargain.

What online resources does UTA offer?

In addition to the Center for Distance Education -- which can help students with technical issues -- online UTA students can take advantage of the same services as on-campus students, such as online writing and tutoring services, career resources, academic videos through the library, and much more. Returning students can also benefit from Finish@UT, a unique UTA bachelor's completion initiative designed to help those who have earned some college credits but stepped away from their education for a bit.

 
10

Lamar University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,314
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
65%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
4-year

What is Lamar like?

One of the fastest growing schools in Texas, Lamar University is home to over 15,000 students and more than 100 programs of study. Small class sizes and a low student-faculty ratio -- even in their online programs -- make this an institutions students come to when they want more personalized attention. Through LU Online, the school brings a wealth of online learning to students across the country

What online programs are at Lamar?

Undergraduate students can pursue online bachelor's programs in engineering, criminal justice, nursing, business, computer science, communication and more. There are even more online master's programs to choose from, such as those in public administration, counseling, education, public health and management. Students enjoy multiple start dates throughout the year, and can choose between accelerated 8-week semesters or the more traditional 15-week option. All courses are delivered via the Blackboard learning system.

What online resources does Lamar offer?

Support services for LU Online students are very robust, and include a career center, financial advising, online student orientation, proctoring services and more. LU Learn provides in-depth tech support for online students. SmartThinking is the tutoring program designed to help those who need an extra boost. Finally, more than 2,000 scholarships are available each year, providing more than $10 million for students in Lamar's programs, both on-campus and online.

 

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Affordable Online Colleges in Texas for 2019-20

Here, we present two lists of the most affordable online colleges in Texas: one for 2-year schools, and one for 4-year schools. We organized both lists based on the average in-state tuition for undergraduate students that each school reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Financial Aid Resources in Texas

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is uniting with the Texas state government to raise the number of degree-holding Texans. One of the ways they plan to do this is to make college more affordable for Texans through financial aid, such as grants, scholarships and loans. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board even issued a specialty license plate, contributing $22 from the sale of each plate toward scholarships for Texas students.


Karen LaQuey, director of financial aid at Wayland Baptist, explains, "Most of the aid is for students attending public colleges and universities with a couple of programs available to private colleges and universities. The State of Texas has been very supportive of higher education for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens."

For more information on the scholarships, grants and loans available to Texans, see the resources listed below.

What grants and scholarships are available in Texas?

There is strong support for students seeking financial assistance through scholarships in the state of Texas. Learn more about the specifics of financial aid and the application process with our Ultimate Guide to Grants and our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

1.Tuition Equalization Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Texas resident enrolled at a Texas college or university with financial need.
Award Amount
$4,966
Application Deadline
February 15
Renewable
Recipient must reapply for renewal.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.President's Achievement Scholarship - Tier 3
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must demonstrate an ability to overcome academic and socioeconomic adversity, be a Texas resident, and a graduate of a Texas high school.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
December 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.President's Achievement Scholarship Tier 3
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must demonstrate an ability to overcome academic and socioeconomic adversity, be a Texas Resident, and a graduate of a Texas high school.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
December 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Terry Foundation Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must demonstrate leadership and have a high SAT or ACT score. Financial need is considered.
Award Amount
$19,500
Application Deadline
December 1
Renewable
Satisfactory academic progress is required to retain scholarship; minimum 2.5 GPA required.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

Student Loans in Texas

The Lone Star State has three options for student loans. The College Access Loans and Texas B-On-Time Loan are not need-based, though it's still recommended you fill out the FAFSA. The state also offers the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program, which becomes a loan if students do not hold up the scholarship requirements that include scholastic standards and military service. See below for more details on these first two loan opportunities, plus an additional opportunity for juniors, seniors and graduate students.

This zero-interest loan program helps Texas residents fund their full-time undergraduate degree ambitions. Students must have completed their FAFSA and be eligible to receive federal aid. Students must also have graduated from a public or private high school in Texas (or a high school operated by the U.S. Department of Defense) in the 2002-2003 academic year or later or have earned an associate degree no earlier than May 1, 2005.

 

  • Application deadline: If you are eligible, your financial aid office will contact you with further instructions.
  • Award amount: $8,480 per year for 4-year institutes
This loan program is for Texas residents enrolled at least half-time in a certificate, associate, undergraduate, graduate or higher level degree program. The loan is offered at a fixed annual rate of 4.5%. Students must have either a co-signer or a favorable credit evaluation.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: A minimum of $100 and a maximum up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid
With a revolving fund of $2.5 million, this loan program provides funding for students of Texas colleges and universities at an interest rate of 4 percent. Undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students are welcome to apply.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Maximum of $10,000

For more guidance on college loans, check out our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Texas

Tuition at Texas universities tends to cost significantly more for out-of-state students than it does for residents. Fortunately, making the Lone Star State your home for 12 months isn't the only way to upgrade to more affordable tuition costs. Here are a few established pathways to lower costs for non-resident students:

  • Competitive Scholarships: Most public universities in Texas participate in the Competitive Scholarship program, which provides aid equal to the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for eligible students.
  • Military personnel waiver: Many Texas institutions provide a waiver that entitles active servicemembers stationed in Texas to take courses at the resident tuition rate.
  • Economic development and diversification waiver: If you move to Texas to work for a company that has recently opened offices there, you may be eligible for resident tuition rates before establishing official residency.

It's also possible for students in specific programs of study at certain institutions to reduce their out-of-state tuition to the resident rate. The University of Texas at El Paso, for example, extends resident tuition rates to out-of-state students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a graduate degree in either systems engineering or construction management.

There are more details about tuition residency in Texas than we have space to include here, so check the College for All Texans web portal or reach out to an adviser or registrar at your online college of choice for more information.

 

Best Careers in Texas

Employment in TexasEmployment Growth in TexasMedian High School Salary in TexasMedian Bachelor’s Salary in Texas
12,852,47016.6%$28,795$53,444

Top Texas Industries

*Industry rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.

Top IndustriesEmploymentProjected GrowthAverage Salary
Oil and gas extraction5,260,80015%$74,477
Pipeline transportation3,632,21016%$78,899
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing4,805,15015%$69,492
Support activities for mining5,236,22015%$66,461
Utilities6,580,00015%$67,069
Waste management and remediation services5,478,94015%$65,167
Air transportation4,626,38015%$70,800
Rail transportation5,004,28015%$68,732
Construction of buildings6,386,20016%$62,584
Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities4,511,51013%$72,513

It's no surprise that oil and gas jobs are in abundance in the Lone Star State, since Texas has been a huge producer of black gold since the first oil boom of the 1800s. Texas is home to companies like ExxonMobil and Phillips 66, and according to USA Today, the oil and gas extraction sector employs over 90,000 people around the state.

Another booming sector in Texas is the aerospace and aviation industry, which, according to the Office of the Texas Governor, has the most air transportation workers in the country, thanks to over 1,400 airports in the state. In addition, Texas has 15 military bases, as well as NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, which create even more opportunities for aerospace and aviation professionals.

To earn some of the best jobs in Texas, residents need to obtain the training necessary to be successful -- which, in many cases, means completing a higher education. The Lumina Foundation reports that by 2025, 60 percent of jobs will require an education beyond the high school level. However, there is currently only a 43 percent attainment rate.

In order to help fuel their workforce with college graduates, Texas has implemented programs to increase workers' access to degree programs. For example, the Skills Development Fund is designed to provide customized job training to businesses through public technical and community colleges. There is also the Economic Development and Diversification In-State Tuition for Employees, which allows workers who relocated to Texas to work at a qualified business to receive in-state tuition for a degree program prior to establishing state residency.

Texas has many opportunities for professionals in different sectors, but the jobs available may depend on exactly where workers live. Continue reading to learn about the best jobs that can be found in specific metropolitan areas of the state.

Best Jobs in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

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Total Population

7,104,415

Median salary for high school grads

$30,542

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$57,043

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.1%

Median rent

$1,022

There are several large software companies located in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, creating many opportunities for software developers and operations research analysts to find work. Finoit Technologies, Inc., Atmo Software Development, Apptura Software and Sphinx Solutions are among some of the possible employers that may hire these professionals.

The region also houses American Airlines' and Southwest Airlines' headquarters, as well as one of the biggest airports in the nation, so it's a great place for airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers to look for jobs.

Best Careers in Dallas Fort Worth ArlingtonMinimum EducationAverage SalaryEmployment in Dallas Fort Worth Arlington
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight EngineersBachelor's degree$189,9206,540
Petroleum EngineersBachelor's degree$177,8302,320
Software Developers, ApplicationsBachelor's degree$111,01034,260
Internists, GeneralDoctoral or professional degree$124,230N/A
Operations Research AnalystsBachelor's degree$81,7905,100

*Career rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.

Best Jobs in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

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Total Population

6,636,208

Median salary for high school grads

$30,120

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$60,622

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.4%

Median rent

$995

The Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land region has several health care facilities where anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists can find employment, such as Texas Medical Center, Texas Children's Hospital and UTMB Health. Petroleum and chemical engineers may also be able to find high paying jobs in Houston. Local companies like Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Westlake Chemical and BP are among the organizations where these professionals may be able to work.

Best Careers in Houston The Woodlands Sugar LandMinimum EducationAverage SalaryEmployment in Houston The Woodlands Sugar Land
Petroleum EngineersBachelor's degree$175,30011,260
Chemical EngineersBachelor's degree$159,1504,400
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and GeographersBachelor's degree$156,4105,040
Nurse AnesthetistsMaster's degree$162,0702,020
AnesthesiologistsDoctoral or professional degree$257,8801,350

*Career rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.

Best Jobs in San Antonio-New Braunfels

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

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Total Population

2,377,507

Median salary for high school grads

$27,482

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$51,500

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

25.9%

Median rent

$949

The San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area is a good place for health care professionals to work. In fact, according to the City of San Antonio, one in six residents are employed in the health care and biosciences industry. With medical facilities such as the Department of Defense Burn Center, the South Texas Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, it's not surprising that San Antonio is a location with a lot of potential for anesthesiologists, surgeons and occupational therapists.

Operations research analysts may also benefit from the area's financial services companies, like the Bank of San Antonio, South Texas Money Management and Texas Capital Bank.

Best Careers in San Antonio New BraunfelsMinimum EducationAverage SalaryEmployment in San Antonio New Braunfels
AnesthesiologistsDoctoral or professional degree$249,620N/A
SurgeonsDoctoral or professional degree$226,550N/A
Health Specialties Teachers, PostsecondaryDoctoral or professional degree$147,1402,030
Operations Research AnalystsBachelor's degree$81,2801,150
Occupational TherapistsMaster's degree$75,9501,050

*Career rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.

 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2017-18 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2017-18 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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