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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:

  1. Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  2. Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  3. At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  4. "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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Texas is the largest state in the contiguous United States, and with more than 28 million people it's got the second-largest population to fill it. Matching the size of the state, the University of Texas System is one of the nation's largest systems of higher education. The system's 14 schools educate more than 228,000 students each year. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 293 total colleges and universities in the state, including:

  • 112 public institutes
  • 85 private nonprofit institutes
  • 259 private for-profit institutes
  • 157 four-year colleges and universities
  • 162 two-year colleges and universities

Students interested in attending online colleges in Texas have no shortage of options for higher education in the Lone Star State — distance education is crucial for a state with 28 times the land mass of Rhode Island. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, there were 642,670 students enrolled in distance education classes at Texas colleges and universities in 2016. Students who want to enroll in online colleges in Texas have hundreds online degrees and certificates available to them through Texas' many outstanding colleges, or local consortiums such as the UT Online Consortium or the Virtual College of Texas.

Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2018-19

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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.

1

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.
$8,428
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.
57
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.

 
2

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.
$7,762
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.
31
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.

 
3

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.
$11,036
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.
41
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.

 
4

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.
$19,560
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.
47
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
 
5

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.
$7,238
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.
24
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.

 
6

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.
$26,180
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.
56
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
 
7

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.
$15,060
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.
40
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.
$7,238
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.
24
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.

 
9

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.
$7,602
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.
19
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.
$8,146
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.
26
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.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Texas

Many Texas students start their college career by earning an associate degree. The following is a list of two-year schools with the most affordable tuition costs in Texas.

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 Type
Collin County Community College District$2,49425%192-year
Tarrant County College District$2,54420%92-year
San Jacinto Community College$2,58029%122-year
Alvin Community College$2,64226%52-year
El Paso Community College$2,74624%82-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Texas

Below are five four-year Texas schools that offer particularly affordable tuition for their students.

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 Type
Brazosport College$3,40528%24-year
South Texas College$3,89022%274-year
Midland College$4,08036%54-year
Tyler Junior College$4,28438%174-year
Grace School of Theology$5,28091%84-year

College Accreditation in Texas

As the biggest state in the lower 48, Texas is home to hundreds of notable public and private universities and technical colleges. Students considering attending online college in the Lone Star State need to make sure the college they are interested in is accredited by an approved governing body.

While there are hundreds of different colleges in Texas, one main body is responsible for accrediting the state's major educational systems. That accrediting body is listed below:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

There are, however, other accrediting bodies in the state. They include the following:

  • Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

The SACSCOC accredits large schools like Texas A&M in College Station to smaller, independent schools such as University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. The COE and the ACCSC accredit technical and career schools. Students can check with the Department of Education to see how their institution is accredited.

School Interviews

Colleges and universities around the country are adding distance education programs. To find out what Texas educators are doing to add online classes and to ensure they meet the needs of their student body, we interviewed several online educators from different online colleges and universities in Texas.

Dr. Rene Corbeil
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.

Dr. Rene Corbeil

Associate Professor of Educational Technology

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.

 

Justin R. Louder
I see online education continuing to grow as more and more students want the flexibility of learning anytime and anyplace.

Justin R. Louder

Assistant Vice Provost

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.

 

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 aged 25-34 years old from 35 percent to 60 percent by 2030. 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.

Texas Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

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

Texas Loans

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.

 

Featured Cities in Texas

There are many exciting cities in Texas for students. Below you can see information relevant to an online student for some of the top cities in the state, as sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov). These data points include the average rent, as well as the average salary for those holding a high school degree compared to a bachelor’s degree.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

Total Population

6,957,123

Median salary for high school grads

$29,613

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$55,475

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.2%

Median rent

$969

Fun Facts about Dallas

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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

Total Population

6,482,592

Median salary for high school grads

$29,056

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$59,399

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.7%

Median rent

$955

Fun Facts about Houston

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-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

Total Population

2,332,345

Median salary for high school grads

$26,736

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$50,393

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

26.3%

Median rent

$909

Fun Facts about San Antonio

When you think of San Antonio, you may think of the Alamo, the famous fort. That fort has become 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.

 
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