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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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The saying, "Everything is bigger in Texas" certainly rings true. 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 non-profit 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

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 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.
$9,837
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.
7.56%
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.
38
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1876, Texas A&M University is 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 taken online. Several of the school's programs have received national recognition through the National Research Council, the university notes, making them excellent choices for any interested student.

 
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.
$7,618
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.
46.32%
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

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

SHSU Online offers more than 40 degree programs; many of these 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 degrees from SHSU include study in criminal justice, general business studies, history and more. The university also offers 28 fully online master's programs, as well as two online doctoral programs: one in developmental education administration and one in instructional technology.

 
3

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.
$8,028
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.
41.35%
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.
31
School Type
4-year

Want to receive the gift of eloquent speech upon graduation? Even out-of-state students may want to travel to the Lubbock campus to kiss the piece of the Blarney Stone in front of the university's 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. There are seven fully online bachelor's programs available, as well as 22 master's and five doctoral programs. Also available are TTU's hybrid programs, requiring occasional face-to-face meetings with instructors.

TTU uses Blackboard as its online content delivery system, and students can receive a wide range of Blackboard support services to help ease their 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 university's Student Portal.

 
4

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.
$7,032
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.
57.48%
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.
28
School Type
4-year

Texas Women's University has come a long way since its inception in 1901 as Girls Industrial College. Today the university has an annual enrollment of more than 15,000 students, making it the largest institution of higher education in the U.S. that's primarily for women. In addition to its e-learning campus, TWU has campus locations in Denton, Dallas and Houston.

This member of the Women's College Coalition uses both Canvas and Blackboard for delivery of distance-learning programs. The university 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.

 
5

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.
$9,730
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.
33.56%
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.
25
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, which is quite impressive when you consider the competition! Since 1919, more than 271,000 students have earned degrees from UNT. Today's students have many different options for selecting their courses and planning their schedules through UNT, from a visual schedule building tool to looking through courses broken down by core classes, honors classes or by college.

UNT offers five bachelor's completion programs -- including a B.A. in community and professional programs and a B.S. in rehabilitation studies -- and over 20 online graduate programs. 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. The university also offers two undergraduate and 16 graduate certificate programs.

 
6

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 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,208
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.
41.78%
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.
20
School Type
4-year

University of Texas at Arlington is a true global campus. Total global enrollment at the university topped 55,000 students in fall of 2016. Online students may miss one of the university's longest-running traditions -- the annual Maverick Stampede, two weeks of activities welcoming students back to campus for the new academic year -- but can still benefit from the variety of quality educational programs and services offered at the school.

University of Texas at Arlington offers multiple online programs centered around three broad categories: education, nursing and urban and public affairs. All online students at UT Arlington, regardless of the category of their major, can access the following support services:

  • Online advising
  • Academic programs assistance
  • Online tutoring
  • Online library
  • Online writing center

In addition, every online student at UT Arlington is assigned an academic coach who supports the student's educational journey by providing hands-on insight and answers to program-related questions.

 
7

Tarleton State University, Stephenville

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.
$6,630
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.
16.30%
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 1899, Tarleton State University is a member of the Texas A&M University System. The university's main campus is in Stephenville; however, Tarleton State recently expanded its reach to the cities of Fort Worth, Midlothian and Waco. Online students who register at these other in-state locations must have completed at least 30 transferrable credits beforehand.

Students attending Tarleton State Global Campus can pursue 10 different online bachelor's degrees, including veterinary technology, manufacturing and industrial management or administrative systems. The university also offers 10 different online master's programs, from quality and engineering to music education to agricultural and consumer resources. Off-campus Tarleton students receive the same services as those on-campus, including academic programs advising; writing, accounting and statistics clinics; and tutoring services.

 
8

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches

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.
$7,560
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.
36.84%
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.
10
School Type
4-year

The first classes at Stephen F. Austin State University were held in September of 1923. The university is named after Stephen Fuller Austin, who is known as the "Father of Texas" for bringing 300 families to settle the region in the early 1820s. Today, the university honors his name by helping members of many more than 300 families to earn degrees every year.

20 distance education programs are offered through SFA Online, as well as eight certificate programs, all taught by certified distance learning educators. Six of these programs are for undergraduates, and include study in education, business and nursing. The other 14 are master's degree paths, including study in resource communications, theory and composition, and many specialty areas within the field of education. Distance learners have no shortage of assistance available to them at Stephen F. Austin State, such as web conferencing, Desire2Learn content management tutorials, and technical support.

 
9

The University of Texas at Austin

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.
$9,806
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.
13.78%
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.
N/A
School Type
4-year

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship institute of the University of Texas System. Texas pride is on full display at UTA athletic events -- the Longhorn symbol is one of the most-recognized mascots in all of college sports. For good reason, too: the Longhorns have claimed 52 national NCAA titles since 1949.

Like other institutes in the University of Texas System, UT Austin offers online education through the UT Online Consortium -- a repository for all kinds of subjects, from sociology to Spanish translation, from bilingual creative writing to nursing. UT Austin also offers many different online courses for students through its university extension department. Online students also have access to the UT Online Consortium library resources; writing labs and tutoring services; and career placement services.

 
10

University of Houston

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.
$8,759
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.
30.35%
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.
7
School Type
4-year

Rounding out our list is University of Houston, which has an annual enrollment of more than 43,500 students. Cougar pride is a way of life for thousands of students, who wear red each Friday to show their support for the university.

The University of Houston offers 13 online bachelor's programs and 22 online graduate programs. Topics include typical fields of study, such as mathematics and education, as well as more specialized fields of study that dovetail with Houston's diverse economy, including:

  • Retailing and consumer sciences
  • Construction management
  • Digital media
  • Biotechnology
  • Supply chain logistics and technology

The university offers their online student body multiple services designed to assist them from registration to graduation, including a wide range of support services such as tutoring, proctoring and help from the school writing center.

 

Affordable Online Colleges in Texas for 2018

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
Tarrant County College District$2,06420.08%112-year
Collin County Community College District$2,34425.15%192-year
El Paso Community College$2,38621.63%62-year
San Jacinto Community College$2,41628.10%172-year
Alvin Community College$2,59426.32%62-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
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions$1,488N/A34-year
Midland College$3,168N/A64-year
South Texas College$3,77017.14%214-year
The University of Texas at Brownsville$4,398N/A134-year
Grace School of Theology$4,754N/A94-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 in Texas

Texas offers an abundance of aid for students in the form of scholarships, grants and loans. In fact, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is uniting with the 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 grants and other forms of aid. They also plan to improve the financial literacy of Texans so students can understand on a deeper level how to pay for a college education. For example, the Texas Financial Aid Information Center (TFAIC) hosts a support hotline which provides information on financial aid eligibility, the application process, state financial aid programs and education-related tax benefits.

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," she says.

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

Texas Scholarships

There is strong support for students seeking financial assistance through scholarships in the state of Texas. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board even issued a specialty license plate, with $22 from the sale of each plate going toward scholarships for Texas students.

The following is a list of state and private scholarships for Texans and non-resident students attending Texas colleges and universities:

Each year the governor and lieutenant governor of Texas each appoint two candidates, and each state senator and each state representative may appoint one student to receive this scholarship. Students must be a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) while enrolled in a Texas institution of higher learning. In addition to committing to four years of ROTC training, students must also make a four-year commitment to be a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, United States Coast Guard, United States Merchant Marine or to serve in any branch of the U.S. armed services.

 

  • Application deadline: If students feel they meet the qualifications, they can contact their state legislator for more information at any time.
  • Award amount: Based on funding
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 6
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: Graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate, medical and professional school students and adult re-entry students
  • Residency required:  Yes
This scholarship program was created by the 80th Texas Legislature to encourage students graduating in the top ten percent of their class to attend a Texas institute of higher education. Students are eligible if they submit FAFSA, have financial need and enroll full-time at a Texas public college or university.

 

  • Application deadline: Submit the FAFSA in time for the results to come in by March 15th.
  • Award amount: Depends on the financial aid budget at your college or university
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: No
  • Minimum GPA: 3.25
  • Merit vs. need-based: Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: Students enrolled in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university
  • Residency required:  No

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This scholarship provides assistance to students enrolled in Texas law schools who wish to seek employment at a federal or state public defender office. To apply, students must either be enrolled at a Texas law school and employed by a public defender's office anywhere in the country OR complete a 500-word essay.

 

  • Application deadline: May 1st
  • Award amount: $1,500
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: No
  • Minimum GPA:  Not specified
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Subject-based
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Not specified
  • Residency required:  No
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For more resources on how to research and apply for scholarships, check out our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Texas Grants

Grant opportunities abound in the state of Texas for eligible students. The first step to eligibility is to complete FAFSA or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). This is a requirement of almost all grant applications. In addition to completing this crucial step, check out this list of state-specific grant opportunities:

This grant program provides assistance to financially needy students enrolled in Texas public two-year colleges. To qualify, students must have a nine-month Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $5,233 and be registered with Selective Service (or be exempt). A minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required.

 

  • Application deadline:  Apply when completing and submitting the FAFSA or TASFA, as soon after January 1st as possible
  • Award amount:  $8,722 (public state colleges), $2,832 (public community colleges) and $4,572 (public technical colleges)

 

Offered by the Texas Legislature, the TEXAS (Towards Excellence, Access and Success) Grant program provides grants to well-prepared high school graduates who need financial assistance to go to college. Students must be enrolled in a bachelor's program, have a nine-month EFC of $5,233 or less, and be registered with Selective Services (or be exempt). Students must also be enrolled at least three-quarters time and have a GPA of 2.5.

 

  • Application deadline:  Apply when completing and submitting the FAFSA or TASFA, as soon after January 1st as possible.
  • Award amount:  $8,722 (public state colleges), $2,832 (public community colleges), and $4,572 (public technical colleges)
This grant provides need-based financial assistance to students attending private, nonprofit colleges and universities in Texas. Students must be enrolled at least three-quarter time, not currently be on an athletic scholarship, and be registered with Selective Services (or be exempt).

 

  • Application deadline:  Complete the FAFSA, and your college or university will notify you if you are eligible
  • Award amount:  $3,364 ($5,046 for students with exceptional need)
This need-based grant is open to students who have registered for the Selective Services or are exempt. Public colleges make these awards from their own resources.

 

  • Application deadline:  Complete the FAFSA, and your college or university will notify you if you are eligible.
  • Award amount:  Depends on the financial aid funds at your college or university

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Grants for more information on the ins and outs of applying for grants.

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

6,833,420

Median salary for high school grads

$29,131

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$54,697

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.5%

Median rent

$938

Fun Facts

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

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

Total Population

6,346,653

Median salary for high school grads

$28,910

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$58,244

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.7%

Median rent

$923

Fun Facts

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

Total Population

2,286,702

Median salary for high school grads

$26,435

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$50,261

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

26.4%

Median rent

$879

Fun Facts

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

 
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