Texas college tuition – Everything you need to know

In the academic year 2019/20, the average tuition cost for attending college in Texas is $4,974 and $16,104 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively.

Among all Texas colleges, Rio Grande Valley College in Pharr has the lowest tuition and fees ($900) whereas the most expensive tuition and fees ($88,000) are found at Gemini School of Visual Arts and Communication in Cedar Park.

Among the best colleges and universities in Texas, the average annual cost of undergraduate tuition and fees is $11,244 (in-state) or $40,621 (out-of-state).

However, there are also many colleges where quality education comes at a far more affordable rate. For an overview of the best colleges and universities in Texas, check below.

In this article, we take a closer look at which colleges in Texas offer the most affordable in-state tuition and fees and in the second part, we take a look at the colleges with the highest tuition rates. But be realistic. How much student debt is too much? Keep that in mind when deciding on a school.

First, let’s take a closer look at the 47 colleges that will set you back less than $3,000 annually for tuition and fees if you are a Texas resident.

Most affordable colleges in Texas

Name In-state Out-of-state
Rio Grande Valley College, Pharr
5419 N Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577
Phone: (956) 781-6800
$900 $900
The Healthcare Institute, San Antonio
1822 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
Phone: (210) 692-3262
$1,145 $1,145
Collin College, McKinney
2200 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75071
Phone: (972) 548-6790
$1,624 $3,004
Alvin Community College, Alvin
3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX 77511
Phone: (281) 756-3500
$1,682 $2,786
Lone Star College, The Woodlands
5000 Research Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Phone: (832) 813-6500
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$1,724 $4,244
Tarrant County College, Fort Worth
1500 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 515-8223
$1,728 $3,402
Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch
3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75244
Phone: (972) 860-4700
$1,770 $3,330
Cedar Valley College, Lancaster
3030 N Dallas Ave, Lancaster, TX 75134
Phone: (972) 860-8201
$1,770 $3,330
Eastfield College, Mesquite
3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: (972) 860-7100
$1,770 $3,330
El Centro College, Dallas
801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 860-2000
$1,770 $3,330
Mountain View College, Dallas
4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, TX 75211
Phone: (214) 860-8680
$1,770 $3,330
Richland College, Dallas
12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: (972) 238-6100
$1,770 $3,330
North Lake College, Irving
5001 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038
Phone: (972) 273-3000
$1,770 $3,330
College of the Mainland, Texas City
1200 N Amburn Rd, Texas City, TX 77591
Phone: (409) 938-1211
$1,773 $2,973
Houston Community College, Houston
3100 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 718-2000
$1,848 $4,152
Panola College, Carthage
1109 W Panola St, Carthage, TX 75633
Phone: (903) 693-2000
$2,016 $3,432
Galveston College, Galveston
4015 Ave Q, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 944-4242
$2,050 $2,650
Kilgore College, Kilgore
1100 Broadway Blvd, Kilgore, TX 75662
Phone: (903) 983-8209
$2,064 $3,960
Amarillo College, Amarillo
2201 S Washington St, Amarillo, TX 79109
Phone: (806) 371-5000
 $2,136 $3,168
Lee College, Baytown
200 Lee Dr, Baytown, TX 77520
Phone: (281) 427-5611
$2,166 $3,762
Odessa College, Odessa
201 W University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79764
Phone: (432) 335-6400
$2,184 $3,384
South Plains College, Levelland
1401 College Ave, Levelland, TX 79336
Phone: (806) 716-2366
$2,240 $3,704
Texarkana College, Texarkana
2500 N Robison Rd, Texarkana, TX 75599
Phone: (903) 823-3456
$2,308 $3,652
Wharton County Junior College, Wharton
911 E Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488
Phone: (979) 532-4560
$2,352 $3,576
Hill College, Hillsboro
112 Lamar Dr, Hillsboro, TX 76645
Phone: (254) 582-2555
$2,382 $2,982
Brazosport College-Lake Jackson
500 College Blvd, Richwood, TX 77566
Phone: (979) 230-3000
$2,397 $3,297
North Central Texas College, Gainesville
1525 W California St, Gainesville, TX 76240
Phone: (940) 668-7731
$2,400 $4,560
Victoria College, Victoria
2200 E Red River St, Victoria, TX 77901
Phone: (361) 573-3291
$2,400 $3,624
Temple College, Temple
2600 S 1st St, Temple, TX 76504
Phone: (254) 298-8282
$2,424 $4,200
Paris Junior College, Paris
2400 Clarksville St, Paris, TX 75460
Phone: (903) 785-7661
$2,430 $3,930
Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde
2401 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX 78801
Phone: (830) 278-4401
$2,502 $4,062
Austin Community College, Austin
1218 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 223-4222
$2,550 $10,830
Howard College, Big Spring
1001 Birdwell Ln, Big Spring, TX 79720
Phone: (432) 264-5000
$2,560 $3,970
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, Big Spring
3200 Avenue C, Big Spring, TX 79720
Phone: (432) 264-3700
$2,560 $3,970
Coastal Bend College, Beeville
3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX, 78102
Phone: (866) 722-2838
$2,633 $4,493
Trinity Valley Community College, Athens
100 Cardinal Dr, Athens, TX 75751
Phone: (903) 675-6200
$2,640 $4,920
Grayson College, Denison
6101 Grayson Dr, Denison, TX 75020
Phone: (903) 465-6030
$2,642 $3,782
Midland College, Midland
3600 N Garfield St, Midland, TX 79705
Phone: (432) 685-4500
$2,670 $4,290
Central Texas College, Killeen
6200 W Central Texas Expwy, Killeen, TX 76549
Phone: (254) 526-1107
$2,700 $3,390
Weatherford College, Weatherford
225 College Park Dr, Weatherford, TX 76086
Phone: (817) 594-5471
$2,710 $4,330
Navarro College, Corsicana
3200 W 7th Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110
Phone: (903) 874-6501
$2,742 $4,452
Western Texas College, Snyder
6200 College Ave, Snyder, TX 79549
Phone: (325) 573-8511
$2,790 $4,200
Angelina College, Lufkin
3500 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75904
Phone: (936) 639-1301
$2,820 $4,380
Del Mar College, Corpus Christi
101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Phone: (361) 698-1200
$2,868 $4,275
Rio Grande Bible Institute, Edinburgh
4300 S Business Hwy 281 Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 380-8100
$2,916 $2,916
Blinn College, Brenham
902 College Ave, Brenham, TX 77833
Phone: (979) 830-4000
$2,928 $4,296
Tyler Junior College, Tyler
1327 S Baxter Ave, Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: (800) 687-5680
$2,962 $4,762

To be able to pay for your college education, there are many options in Texas. Great support is also possible through the Texas College Access Loan (CAL) program that provides one more way for students to complete their college educations.

CAL loans enable students who are not able to pay for college in any other way to pay for college. Applicants to the Texas CAL program are required to submit a FASFA or TASFA and federal aid is deducted.

Further requirements are that the applicant is a Texas resident, that he/she is enrolled in a college course on at least a half-time basis for an associate, certificate, bachelor, graduate, or another academic degree. The loan is also available to students looking to earn an alternative educator certificate at an accredited institution.

Applicants to a Texas CAL loan must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, must be in good credit standing, or have a financially sound cosigner who is at least 21 years of age, has a stable income, and is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Cosigners are equally responsible for repayments.

Most expensive colleges in Texas

In this second part, we take a look at the cost of attending the most expensive colleges in the state of Texas.

Across Texas, the average annual college tuition in the academic year 2018/19 was just over $10,820 for state residents. This puts Texas on the 16th place when it comes to the most affordable state to attend college. There are, however, so many scholarships available. You just need to port in a lot of work to find out which ones you may qualify for.

The following is an overview of 52 Texas colleges and universities with the highest cost of tuition and fees that will set you back over $20,000 annually. For all the listed school counts that in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees are the same. For the best colleges in Texas, check out this post.

Name Tuition and fees
Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication
501 Prize Oaks Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Phone: (512) 249-0187
$88,000
Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz Ln, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: (214) 768-2000
$56,560
Texas Christian University
2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone: (817) 257-7000
$49,250
Rice University
6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 348-0000 (See also: The Best Colleges in Texas)
$49,112
Saint Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 448-8400
$47,440
Baylor University
1311 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76706
Phone: (254) 710-1011 (For Baylor University’s acceptance rate, check here)
$47,364
Carrington College
3733 W Emporium Cir, Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: (972) 512-0252
$46,566
Trinity University
1 Trinity Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: (210) 999-7011
$44,680
Universal Technical Institute of Texas-Houston
721 Lockhaven Dr, Houston, TX 77073
Phone: (281) 443-6262
$44,550
Universal Technical Institute of Texas-Dallas Ft. Worth
5151 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063
Phone: (972) 505-2200
$47,350
Southwestern University
1001 E University Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 863-6511
$43,560
University of Dallas
1845 E Northgate Dr, Irving, TX 75062
Phone: (972) 721-5000
$42,680
Hallmark University
10401 Frontage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230
Phone: (210) 690-9000
$38,320
Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Ct, Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: (325) 674-2000
$36,300
MediaTech Institute-Dallas
13300 Branch View Ln, Dallas, TX 75234
Phone: (972) 869-1122
$35,200
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77074
Phone: (281) 649-3000
$33,450
Concordia University Texas
11400 Concordia University Dr, Austin, TX 78726
Phone: (512) 313-3000
$32,860
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 829-6000
$32,576
St. Mary’s University
1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228
Phone: (210) 436-3011
$32,140
Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan St, Fort Worth, TX 76105
Phone: (817) 531-4444
$31,816
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (713) 522-7911
$31,460
LeTourneau University
2100 S Mobberly Ave, Longview, TX 75602
Phone: (800) 759-8811
$31,270
Concord Career College
3015 West Interstate 20, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Phone: (469) 532-0088
$30,888
Texas Lutheran University
1000 W Court St, Seguin, TX 78155
Phone: (830) 372-8000
$30,860
Schreiner University
2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone: (800) 343-4919
$30,470
Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211
Phone: (214) 333-7100
$30,320
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
6020 Dillard Cir, Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 451-5743
$30,260
Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory St, Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: (325) 670-1000
$30,140
Galen College of Nursing
7411 John Smith Dr #1400, San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 485-2222
$30,120
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College St, Belton, TX 76513
Phone: (254) 295-8642
$29,700
Our Lady of the Lake University
411 SW 24th St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 434-6711
$29,218
Howard Payne University
1000 Fisk St, Brownwood, TX 76801
Phone: (325) 649-8020
$29,198
Dallas Nursing Institute
2101 Waterview Pkwy, Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (469) 941-8300
$28,762
The Vocational Nursing Institute
11201 Steeplepark Dr, Houston, TX 77065
Phone: (832) 237-2525
$28,500
McMurry University
1400 Sayles Blvd, Abilene, TX 79697
Phone: (325) 793-3800
$28,099
Vista College Online
300 N Coit Rd #300, Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (888) 410-4297
$27,592
East Texas Baptist University
1 Tiger Dr, Marshall, TX 75670
Phone: (903) 923-2000
$27,210
Western Technical College
9624 Plaza Circle, El Paso, TX 7992
Phone: (866) 297-6127
$27,099
Texas Health School
11511 Katy Fwy # 170, Houston, TX 77079
Phone: (713) 932-9333
$26,695
K & G 5 Star Barber College
618 Farm to Market 517 Rd W, Dickinson, TX 77539
Phone: (409) 655-5718
$25,225
Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies
345 S Texas Blvd, Weslaco, TX 78596
Phone: (956) 973-1945
$24,451
Lincoln College of Technology
2915 Alouette Dr, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Phone: (972) 660-5701
$24,266
International Business College-El Paso
5700 Cromo Dr, El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 842-0422
$23,350
Lubbock Christian University
5601 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
Phone: (806) 796-8800
$23,330
Barber Institute of Texas
2430 S High St, Suite B5, Longview, TX 75602
Phone: (903) 236-9695
$23,025
The Recording Conservatory of Austin
4615 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730
Phone: (512) 231-0344
$22,680
Wayland Baptist University
1900 W 7th, Plainview, TX 79072
Phone: (806) 291-1000
$22,658
Fortis College-Grand Prairie
401 Palace Pkwy #100, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Phone: (972) 375-0006
$22,460
Southwestern Adventist University
100 W Hillcrest St, Keene, TX 76059
Phone: (817) 645-3921
$22,188
Florida Career College-Houston
70 FM 1960, Houston, TX 77090
Phone: (281) 895-1780
$21,500
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-Weslaco
2419 E Haggar Ave, Weslaco, TX 78596
Phone: (956) 969-1564
$20,790
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-San Antonio
734 SE Military Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone: (210) 782-8000
$20,663

College rankings

To see how colleges rank, check out US News or the Princeton Review. On these websites, you can also find lots of college information.

However, college rankings are not everything and colleges can rank in lots of different categories. So what should they tell you?

Well, to tell you the truth, they may help you decide on a college but you shouldn’t base your choice merely on a college’s ranking. For many students, it may even be a better option to first attend two years at a community college or a trade school and later transfer to a 4-year institution.

Sure, when your dream college ranks high, that’s perfectly fine, but if your school is ranked slightly lower, that shouldn’t upset you. What counts is that you feel comfortable with and at the school of your choice.

Last Updated on September 12, 2020