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Online Colleges in Texas

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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 education enables students who may otherwise by hindered by matters of distance from campuses, full-time work schedules, child care 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.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Students looking for online colleges in Texas have an important decision to make — and our rankings can help. Filled with only accredited colleges from around the state, our rankings help students to compare schools and determine which might be the best match for them. Accreditation from Texas-recognized organizations such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is an important factor in choosing a school, which is why we take it into account. Learn why accreditation matters at our "What is College Accreditation?" page, or visit the Texas Education Agency to check what accreditation agencies are valid in Texas.

Accreditation is only one of the factors that makes for a quality online college, however. Whether it's the total electronic library collections available or the tuition plans students can utilize, the schools we feature on our lists are chosen because of the resources they offer students, as well as the quality of their education. An explanation of the characteristics we look at when evaluating schools, as well as why they matter to students, can be found in the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section on our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2018-19

We compiled our ranking of the best online universities in Texas to help students choose and enroll in the best online education for them. Using data compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics and run through our unique methodology, we have generated a snapshot of the best online colleges in Texas. You can read more about the methodology used to create this list at the bottom of this page, and create rankings based on your own needs with our Top Colleges Tool.

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Texas Tech University, Lubbock

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 2016, 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.
44%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45
School Type
4-year

Want to receive the gift of eloquent speech upon graduation? Even out-of-state students may want to travel to campus and kiss the piece of the Blarney Stone in front of the old electrical engineering building in hopes of earning this blessing. That's just one of the many traditions at the richly storied institute of Texas Tech University.

Texas Tech offers multiple distance learning options through TTU Worldwide eLearning, both online and hybrid. TTU uses Blackboard as its online content delivery system, and there is a range of Blackboard support services to help ease the online journey, such as basic Blackboard training, or testing and assignment training. Even more resources are available through the university's Worldwide eLearning Instructional Design (ID) Team — which offers consultations to help students select the best assessments for their courses — and the TTU Student Portal.

 
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Sam Houston State University, Huntsville

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 2016, 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.
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37
School Type
4-year

Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and is the third-oldest university in Texas. SHSU is not only accredited itself, but has earned secondary accreditation for several of its colleges, programs and majors, demonstrating the level of quality this university maintains.

Many of the degree programs available through SHSU Online can be completed 100 percent online, while others are hybrid programs with on-campus components such as labs. This can be a comforting compromise to a student who isn't sure a fully online program is right for them.

Online undergraduate degree programs from SHSU include criminal justice, general business studies, history and more. There are also a variety of fully online master's programs and two online doctoral programs: one in developmental education administration and one in instructional technology.

 
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Texas A&M University-College Station, College Station

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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,234
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.
11%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1876, Texas A&M University was the state's first public institute of higher learning. That is not the university's only accolade, either. Texas A&M is one of only three Tier 1 universities in the state; it was one of the first four universities to hold a land-, sea- and space-grant designation simultaneously; it is one of only six senior military colleges; and it is one of the few universities to have a presidential library on its campus. An impressive resume, to say the least!

In keeping with its huge reputation, Texas A&M offers a huge number of degree programs to its students, many of which can be completed entirely online. Programs can be pursued in diverse fields, from educational administration to applied behavior analysis, from sport management to health education.

 
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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 2016, 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.
59%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55
School Type
4-year

Formed from a merger among three Bible schools, this Pentecostal university was officially named Southwestern Assemblies of God University, or SAGU, in 1994. The student experience includes an emphasis on preparation for full- or part-time missionary work and community service. As an online student at SAGU, you may pursue online associate, bachelor's or master's degree programs in subjects such as:

  • Behavioral sciences & services: Including addiction counseling, criminal justice or psychology
  • Bible & ministry: Including Bible & theology, child & family studies, ministries, intercultural studies and religion & philosophy
  • Business: Including business administration, management and marketing
  • Education: Including elementary, middle and secondary

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

1200 Sycamore, Waxahachie,
TX 75165
 
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Texas Women's University-Denton

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 2016, 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.
56%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

As of June 2018, Texas Women's University is the largest institution of higher education in the U.S. that's primarily for women. This member of the Women's College Coalition uses both Canvas and Blackboard for delivery of their distance-learning programs. TWU also has dedicated support services for both platforms to assist online students with their studies, including tutoring and technical support for distance learners.

Most of the distance education programs at TWU can be taken 100 percent online, but some are offered in a hybrid format and require some type of on-campus participation. For example, the Master of Science in Education for the deaf has a nine-credit sign language requirement that must be completed on campus. However, if you are unable to make it on-campus for your program, all is not lost! Some of these programs can substitute synchronous video lecture in lieu of face-to-face instruction.

 
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Dallas Baptist 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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$27,480
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.
41%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52
School Type
4-year

Founded over a century ago, in 1898, this Christian university was the first junior college in Texas. Since then it has gone on to become a Christian liberal arts university, offering programs both at the graduate and undergraduate level. The university is committed to offering higher education in the arts, sciences and professional studies, with a Christ-centered approach.

DBU is a seasoned provider of online education, having provided it since 1998. Their online program options range from certificate programs up to master's degree programs, with choices for various accelerated programs and/or specializations available. Courses are offered year-round, and sessions begin in fall, winter, spring and summer.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas,
TX 75211
 
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Wayland Baptist 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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$18,510
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.
49%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
4-year

This Christian-based institution originated on the High Plains of West Texas, where it was founded by a pioneering physician in 1908. Wayland Baptist University maintains a small enrollment throughout its system of 12 campuses across six states, as well as a full degree program in Kenya and extensive online offerings. This leads to a small 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio (as of 2018).

WBU's online offerings include an online Associate of Applied Science degree program; multiple bachelor's and master's degree programs in the humanities, business, science, Christian ministry and more; and a doctorate degree program in management, to name just a few.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

1900 W. 7th St.,Plainview,
TX 79072
 
8

University of North Texas-Denton

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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,544
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.
35%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
4-year

The University of North Texas is a public research university located 36 miles of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region. It is also the fifth-largest postsecondary institution in Texas as of 2018, which is quite impressive when you consider the competition! Its students have many different options for selecting their courses and planning their schedules, from a visual schedule building tool to looking through courses broken down by core classes, honors classes or by college.

Online degree programs are available from UNT at both the graduate and undergraduate level, with a focus on graduate level. Some of these programs, such as strategic management or advanced data analytics, are accelerated, allowing students to move through their program as quickly as they desire.

 
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The University of Texas at Tyler

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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,822
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.
60%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1971, UT Tyler is part of the 14-institution University of Texas System. Though it's located on 259 picturesque acres beside a lake and thick forests, UT Tyler offers plenty to online students as well. Online students have access to both fully online programs and hybrid programs, as well as resources such as:

  • Supplemental instruction (SI) sessions, which are voluntary, regularly scheduled study groups
  • PASS Tutoring Center, a walk-in tutoring service
  • Student learning communities, which are small groups of freshmen sharing common majors or interests who come together to support each other

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

3900 University Blvd., Tyler,
TX 75799
 
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 2016, 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.
62%
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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
4-year

This member of the Texas State University System boasts small class sizes, a low student-to-faculty ratio, a diverse student body and an emphasis on hands-on learning. It's also nationally recognized for being one of only 29 public schools in the nation to receive the Carnegie Doctoral Research University designation, as of June 2018.

About 30 percent of LU's semester credit hours are taught online, with online programs available in subjects from arts and sciences to business, engineering, nursing, sociology and others. Through Blackboard, the university offers its online students resources, FAQs, workshop schedules and more, gathered into one set of web tools called LU Learn.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

4400 MLK Blvd., Beaumont,
TX 77705
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Texas for 2018-19

Here, we present a list of several degree-granting Texan colleges that feature the lowest in-state tuition in the Lone Star State. Tuition was taken from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS).

To see Texas schools ranked by quality and other relevant factors, check out the Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & 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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    San Jacinto Community College$2,58029%12sanjac.edu
    Collin County Community College District$2,64425%19collin.edu
    Alvin Community College$2,72626%5alvincollege.edu
    El Paso Community College$2,74624%8epcc.edu
    Tarrant County College District$2,86220%7tccd.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & 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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Brazosport College$3,73528%3brazosport.edu
    South Texas College$4,02022%27southtexascollege.edu
    Midland College$4,23036%4midland.edu
    Tyler Junior College$4,52438%15tjc.edu
    Grace School of Theology$5,28091%8gsot.edu

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, but making your home in the state for 12 months isn't the only way to upgrade to the more affordable price tag. Here are a few established pathways to tuition relief 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 the case that students in specific programs of study at certain institutions can have their out-of-state tuition reduced 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 graduate degrees in systems engineering and construction management.

There are more small 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 for more information.

 
 
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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% 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 2016-17 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.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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