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The Lone Star State is shining bright when it comes to higher education.

In 2015, Texas launched 60x30TX, which sets a number of lofty goals for its residents, including:

  • 60% of young adults (25-34) will hold some type of postsecondary credential by 2030
  • At least 550,000 students will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s from a Texas institution in 2030
  • Graduates will have identifiable marketable skills regardless of major
  • Students will not graduate with debt exceeding 60% of their first-year wages

These goals make it clear that Texas is committed to promoting access, affordability, quality, success and cost efficiency when it comes to higher education, and it appears to be succeeding. According to the 2019 progress update on the 60x30TX, Texas is making positive, modest progress toward most of the plan’s goals and targets.

Overview of Higher Education in Texas

Texas is home to 242 degree-granting institutions, according to a 2018-2019 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Just two states – California and New York – have more schools to choose from. Of Texas’ 242 schools, 109 are public, 70 are private non-profit and 63 are private for-profit.

In-state tuition rates are competitive, according to data from the NCES. Residents can expect to pay around $8,678 to attend one of the state’s 4-year public institutions, a price well below the national average. Non-residents, on the other hand, will pay closer to $25,031.

Students who have trouble finding their chosen major at in-state institutions can take advantage of the state’s involvement in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), which encourages resource sharing among 16 participating states. Through this program, Texans can enroll at colleges in participating states while paying in-state tuition rates.

About Online Colleges in Texas

Texas is the largest state in the contiguous U.S., which can make it difficult for residents to attend the school of their choice. Online programs make it easier for students to further their education without moving or sacrificing professional or personal commitments.

In 2018 the NCES reported that 14% of college students in Texas were enrolled exclusively in online courses, and another 21.3% were enrolled in a combination of online and on-campus courses. Those numbers have continued to rise as schools have increased their online offerings.

Today, one of the state’s most impressive resources for online students is through the University of Texas. Undergraduates can consider online degree programs in Child and Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Industrial Technology, Nursing, Sociology and several other fields, and there are also a number of online graduate and certification programs to choose from. Additionally, they make it possible for students to register and enroll in online courses offered through any of the participating locations. This opens up a massive catalogue of courses to students, rather than limiting them to those offered at their home school.

West Texas A&M University also offers a robust online program, which has been recognized multiple times by U.S. News and World Report. The school offers undergraduate degrees in Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Health Sciences, Nursing and more, all of which can be earned 100% online. They also offer hybrid programs, which involve some on-campus requirements. Both formats are also available for graduate students.

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Texas

In order to receive financial aid to attend one of Texas’ colleges or universities, you should first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will unlock the door to federal, state and private financial aid.

It’s important to fill out the FAFSA as early as possible, since most of the aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis. It will be available to you starting on October 1st of the year before you plan to attend college.

The application itself is simple. You will need to provide financial information for yourself and your parents (unless you are considered “independent”). The data you provide will be used to determine how much need-based aid is offered to you.

The ideal types of financial aid are grants and scholarships, because they do not have to be repaid.

College grants for Texas students

The state of Texas has a number of grant and scholarship programs available to make college more affordable to residents. Here are a few examples:

More information about these and other state-based financial aid programs can be found at the website College for all Texas, an excellent online resource provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to help Texans plan, apply and pay for college.

In addition to federal and state aid, students can find more “free money for college” by using scholarship search sites like Scholarships may be need or merit-based, but may also be awarded based on intended major, geographic region, athletic skills, hobbies or other unique factors.

Here are some examples of scholarships available to Texans:

Scholarship Name Details Scholarship amount
Dan Whitworth Memorial Scholarship For high school or college students who plan to pursue a career in sports sciences, kinesiology, conservation, physical education, recreation and tourism management or a related field; Must be in the top quarter of the class or have a GPA of 2.5 or higher or an SAT score of 850 or higher or ACT score of 21 or  higher Varies
Hermine Dalkowitz Tobolowsky Scholarship For females pursuing careers in public service, political science, government, history, or law; Must have GPA of 3.0 or higher $3000
Mike Lozano Scholarship For high school senior athletes in the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle; Must plan to pursue a career teaching and coaching at the high school level; Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher $2500

 Finally, be sure to check with the financial aid office at the college or university of your choice. Most schools offer need and/or merit-based aid to admitted students and they can help you figure out what funds may be available and how to apply.

List of Online Colleges in Texas

Online Colleges in Texas Location Annual Tuition Accreditation Application Fee
Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas $32,070 Regional $50
University of Texas – Arlington Arlington, Texas $9,616  Regional  $60
University of Texas – Austin Austin, Texas   $10,092  Regional  $75
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas  $8,146  Regional  $25
West Texas A & M University Canyon, Texas  $7,699  Regional  $40
Texas A&M University – College Station College Station, Texas  $11,036  Regional  $75
Texas A&M University – Commerce Commerce, Texas  $7,750  Regional  $0
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas  $26,180  Regional  $25
Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas  $50,358  Regional  $60
Texas Woman’s University Denton, Texas  $7,238  Regional  $50
University of North Texas Denton, Texas  $10,153  Regional  $75
University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, Texas  $7,438  Regional  $0
Southwest University El Paso, Texas  $15,000 National  $0
University of Texas – El Paso El Paso, Texas  $7,548  Regional  $0
Texas Southern University Houston, Texas  $9,000  Regional  $42
University of Houston Houston, Texas  $9,519  Regional  $75
University of Houston – Clear Lake Houston, Texas  $6,502  Regional  $45
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas  $7,762  Regional  $45
University of Dallas Irving, Texas  $37,230  Regional  $50
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, Texas  $21,166  Regional  $25
Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas  $8,428  Regional  $75
South Texas College McAllen, Texas  $3,606  Regional  $0
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas  $7,716  Regional  $45
University of Texas – Permian Basin Odessa, Texas  $5,774  Regional  $0
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas  $15,060  Regional  $35
University of Texas – Dallas Richardson, Texas  $11,192  Regional  $50
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, Texas  $27,160  Regional  $35
Palo Alto College San Antonio, Texas  $2,188  Regional  $0
San Antonio College San Antonio, Texas  $2,188  Regional  $0
St Philip’s College San Antonio, Texas  $2,188  Regional  $0
Texas State University San Marcos, Texas  $9,605  Regional  $75
Tarleton State University Stephenville, Texas  $7,140  Regional  $45
University of Houston – Victoria Victoria, Texas  $7,369  Regional  $0
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas  $19,560  Regional  $35


Texas boasts nearly 250 colleges and universities with online and on-campus programs, competitive tuition rates, and generous grant and scholarship programs.

With a wealth of support and opportunities, students are never alone in the Lone Star State!

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Elizabeth Abner
WRITTEN BY Elizabeth Abner

Elizabeth is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Foreign Policy and earned her master's degree in business administration. For her undergraduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in international business. Elizabeth's research is focused on universities offering online degree programs.