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Texas has 254 institutions of higher education, including 37 universities and one of the largest community college networks in the United States. The state also has one of the most populous and diverse college student bodies in the nation, with more than 1.5 million students enrolled in a post-secondary program in fall of 2017. This volume and variation has made online learning increasingly important for both students and colleges. Since 2008, participation in online and blending courses has grown 11.5 percent at public universities in Texas, allowing more and more students to work toward their degree. But how do students narrow down and select the best Texas online college for them? Learn how to identify top schools, how residency works for online students and why accreditation means everything when earning a degree.

Best Online Colleges in Texas
2018-2019

Methodology
2-Year Colleges

Finding the best of anything is always subjective. The best online college for a freshman in Austin is likely a much different choice for a working mom in El Paso. The good news is, many online colleges and universities in Texas have stepped up their blended and online programs to meet the needs of their students. This includes more affordable tuition for online programs, faculty trained in online delivery, state-of-the-art tech platforms and more. But which online colleges in Texas stand out above their institutions peers? Find out below.

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Rank University Title Tuition # of Online Programs Expand Acceptance Rate Graduation Rate Financial Aid Credit for Experience Placement Services Counseling Services University Description
1 Lone Star College System $2,736 15 8% 10% Yes Yes Yes
2 Central Texas College $2,940 56 9% 19% Yes Yes Yes
3 Collin County Community College District $2,460 19 13% 3% Yes Yes Yes
4 El Paso Community College $2,256 8 13% 3% Yes Yes Yes
5 Tarrant County College $2,544 9 12% 13% Yes Yes Yes
6 Western Texas College $2,088 15 43% 44% Yes Yes Yes
7 Kilgore College $2,640 25 20% 28% Yes No Yes
8 Grayson College $2,088 10 20% 31% Yes Yes Yes
9 Houston Community College $2,280 6 13% 10% Yes Yes Yes
10 Weatherford College $3,760 10 15% 17% Yes Yes Yes
11 McLennan Community College $2,976 4 22% 25% Yes Yes Yes
12 Alvin Community College $2,160 5 21% 7% Yes Yes Yes
13 San Antonio College $5,744 17 14% 10% Yes Yes Yes
14 Palo Alto College $5,744 26 19% 13% Yes Yes Yes
15 St Philip's College $5,744 18 11% 10% Yes Yes Yes
16 Lamar Institute of Technology $3,168 4 20% 11% Yes Yes Yes
17 San Jacinto Community College $2,280 12 19% 3% No Yes Yes
18 Amarillo College $1,056 23 26% 18% No Yes Yes
19 Trinity Valley Community College $1,080 19 21% 35% No Yes Yes
20 Navarro College $1,440 12 14% 9% No Yes Yes
21 Odessa College $3,144 12 20% 29% No Yes Yes
22 College of the Mainland $2,550 4 17% 29% No Yes Yes
23 Austin Community College District $2,010 16 8% 19% No No Yes
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Rank University Title Tuition # of Online Programs Expand Acceptance Rate Graduation Rate Financial Aid Credit for Experience Placement Services counselling-services University Description
1 Texas A & M University-College Station $6,872 35 67% 81% 54% No Yes Yes

More than 70 full degree programs are available completely online at Texas A&M University-College Station. The vast majority, 47, are graduate programs that culminate in master's degrees. There are also 24 certificates and one undergraduate program. The school offers both web-based on-campus courses and web-based off-campus courses, the former of which do not include on-campus fees in their tuition costs. All distance learners must first apply for admission to the school, and the process is the same as it would be if they were applying for on-campus admission. All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $65 application fee. Distance learners have off-site access to the school's academic success center, which provides resources and assistance to students from all backgrounds and fields of study. OGAPS, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, is dedicated specifically to serving the school's graduate students, including online learners. All students also have access to IT assistance, tech support and software assistance. Online students also have full access to the university's libraries and all included services, as well as to its writing center and testing services. The school also provides a list of services that are not directly related to academics, including counseling, multicultural services and ombuds service. Financial aid is available to online learners at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the school also offers a variety of scholarships to eligible students, both university based and regional. Some scholarships are based on merit, while others are based on leadership, participation or financial need.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: $662/credit
  • Program Type: Online & hybrid
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Spring: Oct. 15; Fall: Dec. 1
  • GPA: Varies by program
  • Standardized Test: SAT
  • Work Experience: None
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (979) 845-1060
  • Email: admissions@tamu.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
2 Sam Houston State University $5,172 29 72% 56% 25% Yes Yes Yes

Every single 100% online student at Sam Houston University is eligible for a $1,000 60x30 scholarship, provided they enroll in an approved degree program. There are 9 undergraduate degree programs available to distance learners, including criminal justice, nursing, psychology, sociology, business, history and liberal studies. Offerings at the graduate level are even more comprehensive, with more than 2 dozen programs culminating in master of arts, master of science, MBA, MEd and EMBA and MAg degrees. There are also 2 doctoral programs for educators pursuing an advanced degree and several certificate programs. In all, more than 40 programs are available 100% online. The third-oldest university in Texas, SHSU maintains an online campus with dedicated sections for students, prospective students and faculty. Most coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which students will use to receive and submit assignments, communicate with peers and professors, receive grades, view lectures and receive updates and announcements. There are also several apps that the university uses in conjunction with outside corporations, which distance learners can use to enhance their online education. Credits earned at SHSU Online are identical to those that students would get if they took classes on campus, and there is no difference in the diplomas graduates receive. The university also offers a range of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs to help distance learners pay for college, and online learners receive access the same access to student services as on-campus students. Among the offerings are academic advising, careers services, an online bookstore, library services and career services.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: $689/credit
  • Program Type: Online & hybrid
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Fall: Aug. 1; Spring: Dec. 1; Summer: May 15
  • GPA: 2.25 (anything lower considered by review )
  • Standardized Test: SAT
  • Work Experience: None
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (936) 294-1828
  • Email: admissions@shsu.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
3 Midwestern State University $5,216 13 74% 50% 64% Yes Yes Yes

The vast majority of the online programs available at Midwestern State University result in master's degrees, although there are four undergraduate programs that culminate in bachelor's degrees, including an RN to BSN and degrees in respiratory care, applied arts and sciences and radiologic sciences. Graduate programs also include nursing and radiology, as well as master's degrees in education, business, criminal justice and human resources. Although students will use the MSU portal as their home base for online learning, most coursework, lectures and assignments will be delivered through the D2L learning management system. Online students will be assigned an academic adviser depending on their college of choice, just like their peers who attend classes on campus. Distance learners also enjoy the benefits of counseling, both academic and personal, as well as disability support services, and career services, the latter of which includes an entire online Career Management Center. Several scholarships are available, and the school has compiled a list of online resources designed specifically for helping online learners secure financial aid. Out-of-state students might be able to take courses at MSU, but requirements and compliance standards vary by state, so the school has developed an interactive map with a state-by-state breakdown. Students who aren't sure if online learning is right for them are encouraged to take the school's distance education self evaluation, and all new students, including distance learners, are required to participate in the school's online orientation. Online learners are required to participate in only 2 of the 3 orientation modules.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: Varies by program
  • Program Type: Online & hybrid
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Fall: March 1/August 1; Spring: Nov. 1/Dec. 1; Summer I: May 1; Summer II: June 1
  • GPA: Varies by program
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: None
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (940) 397-4334
  • Email: admissions@mwsu.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
4 Texas Tech University $6,000 30 63% 62% 43% No Yes Yes

The Texas Tech University eLearning and Academic Partnerships program exposes distance learners to a wide menu of course and degree options that are beyond the scope of most individual schools. Once accepted, students can choose between 6 fully online undergraduate degrees, including general studies, plant and soil sciences, early child care and applied leadership. There are also more than 2 dozen master's degrees available across a range of disciplines, 7 doctoral degrees and a variety of certificates and certifications, all of which can be completed 100% online. There's also a master of education and 2 doctor of philosophy degree programs that are delivered in a hybrid format, which requires both online and face-to-face instruction. The program also opens students to study at 6 regional sites across the state, but any of those programs will require instruction at those physical locations. Worldwide eLearning courses at Texas Tech are taught by the same faculty who instruct traditional students on campus and distance learners enjoy wide scheduling flexibility, with the option to take anything from a single course in a semester all the way up to full-time enrollment. The Military and Veterans program is especially robust at the university, and that program includes distance learners. The school also offers transfer scholarships to incoming community college students, and out-of-state distance learners are offered the same tuition rate as online students who reside in the state. Coursework is mostly delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, although students will use a variety of technology and media throughout their programs. Distance learners receive help with Blackboard specifically and IT assistance in general, as well the full menu of services enjoyed by their on-campus peers.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: $422/credit
  • Program Type: Online & hybrid
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Spring: Nov. 1; Summer: May 1; Fall: Dec. 1 (freshmen) and March 1 (transfer)
  • GPA: Varies by program
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: Yes for graduate students
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (806) 742-1480
  • Email: admissions@ttu.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
5 Tarleton State University $3,900 18 50% 47% 50% Yes Yes Yes

More than 500 students are enrolled in the Tarleton State University Global Campus, which is the school's platform for online education. More than 15 degree programs are available at the graduate and undergraduate level. Bachelor's degrees include criminal justice, veterinary technology, manufacturing and industrial management, health professions, IT, business, applied science and psychology. Master's degrees are available in many of the same fields of study, as well as English, human resources, education, music, public administration, agriculture and engineering. Students who prefer some face-to-face instruction can pursue their degrees through a blended format by taking some classes in the day, in the evening or on the weekends on campus or at locations in Waco, Fort Worth, Midlothian or Stephenville. That option, however, is only available for degree-completion programs and is available only to TSI-complete students who have earned at least 30 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or better. No matter the path, the average online learner can expect to be in a class with a 19:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Global campus students enjoy the same advantages as their peers on campus, with services including research and study, academic advising, computer labs, library services, job fairs and other career services, as well as disability services. Some courses do require some on-campus instruction, but no program comes with a required on-campus residency. Most coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which students will use to receive and submit assignments, check grades, communicate with professors and peers, and to receive updates and announcements. Students are invited to take a sample course to become familiar with the format before they commit.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: $742/credit
  • Program Type: Online & hybrid
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Spring: Dec. 1; Summer: March 1, June 1 (priority/enforced); Fall: March 1/August 1 (priority/enforced)
  • GPA: 2.8 transfer, 3.0 master's
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: Depends on program
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (254) 968-9269
  • Email: uadm@tarleton.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
6 The University of Texas at Dallas $11,192 3 68% 73% 62% No Yes Yes

The University of Texas at Dallas offers distance learners several unique programs, including a series of "chess in education" courses. There's also several graduate options through the Jindal School of Management, including an MBA, a global leadership executive MBA and several master of science degrees. Finally, distance learners can pursue an online master's degree in criminology or they can simply take a few individual online courses. As part of the Electronic Campus, online learners have access to a variety of courses offered by other schools throughout the state of Texas. The school's e-learning community maintains a wide social media presence and also publishes blogs and newsletters. Students are reminded that online courses demand the same academic rigor as those taught on campus, and tests may be administered by proctor, by email or they may be embedded in the courses. With the exception of proctored exams, virtually all courses can be completed 100% online and require no on-campus instruction. A variety of technologies are utilized in distance learning, and students will communicate with instructors through text conferences, threaded discussions, email, real-time chat and audio lectures. Once accepted into their program of choice, students are provided with a variety of electronic resources, including a suite of software and plugins. Online students enjoy most of the same student resources as their peers who opt for traditional, on-campus study, including academic advising, career and library resources, accessibility services and a variety of financial aid offerings. Online learners also benefit from the eLearning helpdesk and several other dedicated support mechanisms designed just for them.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: Varies by program
  • Program Type: Online
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Fall term: Jan. 15/May 1 for priority/regular admission; Spring term: May 15/Oct. 1; Summer: Oct. 15, March 1
  • GPA: 3.0 freshmen
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: Yes for graduate students
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (972) 883-2270
  • Email: interest@utdallas.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
7 The University of Texas at Tyler $5,610 18 69% 46% 58% Yes Yes Yes

The soon-to-be Division II University of Texas at Tyler offers online degrees at a variety of levels and in a variety of formats. For example, a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree completion program is available to undergraduate students and for graduate students, there's an MBA with an online option delivered through an accelerated, 7-week format. There are also graduate degree options in fields of study like education, English, human resources, industrial management, kinesiology, nursing, and counseling. There are also 7 certification programs in the fields of accounting, nursing and education. Finally, there are several executive and HyFlex format degrees, including a PhD option. HyFlex is the university's terminology for hybrid programs, which are conducted mostly online, but that are supplemented with some face-to-face instruction. Not only are there 4 full HyFlex programs, but students interested in the format can take individual HyFlex classes in fields like education, psychology, business, arts and sciences, nursing and health sciences, and engineering. Distance learners will receive a Patriot email account, but most coursework will be delivered through the Canvas learning management system, although some communication will take place through message boards and video chat. Prospective students who aren't familiar with the format or who are not sure if distance learning is right for them are invited to take a video tour of an online course and complete an online preparedness questionnaire. The UT Tyler IT department is on staff for technical support, and distance learners enjoy the same academic and personal support as their on-campus counterparts, including academic advising, career services, library services and counseling.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: $750/credit (undergraduate); $849/credit (graduate); $887/credit (doctoral)
  • Program Type: Online & hybrid
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • GPA: n/a
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: Yes for graduate students
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (903) 566-7203
  • Email: admissions@uttyler.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
8 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin $4,312 18 81% 37% 78% No Yes Yes

Most of the 16 fully online undergraduate programs offered through the University of Texas of the Permian Basin are available in an accelerated format. Most of the bachelor's degree programs require 120 credits to complete, but since the accelerated format condenses learning, many courses last only 7 weeks and offer 6 different start dates. There are also 10 graduate programs offered across fields of study like education, English, public administration, accountancy and kinesiology. Here, too, most courses are delivered through the accelerated format with multiple start dates offered throughout the year. Many accelerated graduate degrees can be earned in as little as 12 months. Students can also pursue a range of completely online certificates designed for educators and education administrators, as well as many individual web-based courses. Transfer students with at least 24 credits earned from a qualifying institution are welcome to apply, and, where applicable, the school recognizes credit by examination, including IB credit CLEP credit and AP credit. Course evaluations are available, and most work, lectures, updates, assignments and communication will be delivered through the Canvas learning management system. Distance learners enjoy tech support both for Canvas and other critical online learning components, as well as a range of other student services like academic and career counseling. Online learners will find their home base at the REACH Center, where primary access is provided for most course content. Since UTPB is part of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement and Texas Distance Education, distance learners can enroll in some online courses delivered by other schools throughout the state. The REACH center is where they'll go to learn more about these classes.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: $297/credit (undergraduate); $270/credit (graduate)
  • Program Type: Online
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Fall Semester - July 15 (Priority Deadline - March 1); Spring Semester - November 15; Summer Term - April 15
  • GPA: 2.5 for provisional status, 3.0 for regular status
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: Depends on program
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (432) 552-2605
  • Email: admissions@utpb.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
9 Stephen F Austin State University $5,808 13 62% 46% 64% Yes Yes Yes

Stephen F. Austin State University offers 14 full graduate degree programs to online students across various fields such as education, communications, human sciences and music. Undergraduate distance learners can pursue 2 different BBAs or several different bachelor's degrees in the fields of nursing, education and human sciences. There are also several certificate programs and a range of individual courses available to online learners. Motivated homeschoolers and high school students can pursue the school's concurrent and dual-credit enrollment program, which offers them college credit while they're still in high school. Prospective online students are encouraged to take advantage of the school's readiness tutorial, which exposes applicants to the feel and format of distance learning before they apply, and gives them a chance to get familiar with D2L, which is the learning management platform they'll use most frequently throughout their course of study. There are also individual D2L tutorials and how-tos, along with full tech support. Distance learners can visit a dedicated page designed specifically to link them to the R.W. Steen Library, where they can conduct research, read e-books, explore journals and search databases. Library professionals are available and distance learners can take advantage of interlibrary and document-delivery services. Just like their campus-based counterparts, distance learners will have access to disability services, career services and counseling services, the latter of which is delivered by licensed, certified professionals. Academic advisement and tutoring services are also available, and online students of any discipline can submit papers to "virtual tutors" via the online writing lab or OWL.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: $454/credit
  • Program Type: Online
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: First class day with priorty benefits on Dec. 1
  • GPA: Varies by program
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: None
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (936) 468-2504
  • Email: admissions@sfasu.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
10 University of Houston $8,537 10 59% 53% 61% No Yes Yes

The University of Houston offers 2 dozen fully online graduate degree programs in the fields of technology, engineering and education, including the first web-based graduate subsea engineering degree in the country. There are also 4 fully online undergraduate programs, including a BA or a BS in psychology, a BS in retailing and consumer science and an RN-to-BSN program. Those exact same undergraduate programs can also be taken in a hybrid format, which requires distance learners to engage in some face-to-face instruction. The level of required on-campus work varies by program and is determined by the instructor. Seven of the graduate programs can also be completed in the hybrid format. In all, the university offers more than 1,250 online courses and many Saturday classes to further accommodate distance and hybrid learners. Session 2-6 courses are short-session courses, which are condensed courses that students can take in the face-to-face, online or hybrid formats. All 4 of the online/hybrid undergraduate degrees are offered as degree-completion programs, which means incoming students need to have completed at least 2 years of college. Advisors will help prospective transfer students determine which credits are eligible for transfer, and students can also transfer credits they earn at the University of Houston to programs at other schools. Online learning is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, and students are expected to log in often to keep up with coursework, receive announcements and to communicate with instructors and classmates. Although scheduling is designed to be flexible, many classes and assignments do include hard deadlines that students are expected to meet.

  • Program Information
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition: Varies by program
  • Program Type: Online & hybrid
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2018 for the Spring 2019
  • GPA: Varies by program
  • Standardized Test: SAT or ACT
  • Work Experience: Depends on program
  • Contact Information
  • Phone: (713) 743-1010
  • Email: admissions@uh.edu
  • Social Media: Twitter; Facebook
11 University of Dallas $34,650 12 80% 70% 98% No Yes Yes
12 University of North Texas $7,688 17 72% 56% 47% No Yes Yes
13 The King's University $9,960 8 56% 67% 56% Yes No Yes
14 LeTourneau University $27,930 23 44% 52% 97% Yes Yes Yes
15 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $5,970 15 64% 48% 42% No Yes Yes
16 Wayland Baptist University $13,800 37 100% 32% 87% Yes Yes Yes
17 Lamar University $5,664 24 76% 38% 20% Yes Yes Yes
18 Texas Woman's University $4,950 14 86% 47% 48% No Yes Yes
19 University of Houston-Downtown $4,843 16 83% 24% 33% Yes Yes Yes
20 West Texas A & M University $4,989 16 60% 44% 43% No Yes Yes
21 University of the Incarnate Word $27,000 28 92% 46% 99% Yes Yes Yes
22 Texas A & M University-Commerce $4,790 15 46% 49% 39% Yes No Yes
23 The University of Texas at Arlington $7,350 15 70% 47% 48% No Yes Yes
24 Texas A & M International University $4,248 4 53% 45% 22% Yes Yes Yes
25 Abilene Christian University $32,020 6 51% 63% 100% No Yes Yes
26 Dallas Baptist University $25,380 38 43% 57% 91% No Yes Yes
27 Southwestern Assemblies of God University $18,900 42 23% 42% 70% Yes Yes Yes
28 Texas Christian University $42,580 4 38% 76% 67% Yes Yes Yes
29 Concordia University-Texas $28,700 8 83% 33% 98% Yes Yes Yes
30 Southwestern Adventist University $19,656 6 50% 43% 94% Yes Yes Yes
31 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi $4,719 9 65% 41% 5% No Yes Yes
32 Angelo State University $3,965 19 74% 34% 63% No Yes Yes
33 Sul Ross State University $4,560 14 92% 31% 32% Yes Yes Yes
34 Our Lady of the Lake University $26,312 9 55% 39% 100% Yes Yes Yes
35 The University of Texas at El Paso $5,769 13 100% 45% 27% No No Yes
36 Lubbock Christian University $20,966 5 95% 45% 91% No Yes Yes
37 Texas A & M University-Kingsville $4,366 8 82% 38% 44% No Yes Yes
38 Schreiner University $24,030 3 91% 44% 98% No Yes Yes
39 Southern Methodist University $44,694 16 49% 78% 71% No Yes Yes
40 Prairie View A & M University $6,216 6 85% 39% 64% No Yes Yes
41 University of St Thomas $31,140 7 77% 52% 94% No No Yes
42 Texas Southern University $1,400 3 51% 20% 39% Yes Yes Yes
43 University of Houston-Clear Lake $4,992 13 65% - 34% No Yes Yes
44 University of Houston-Victoria $4,576 26 48% - 85% No Yes Yes
45 Houston Baptist University $28,850 3 35% 45% 99% No No Yes
46 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center $5,890 10 - - - No Yes Yes
47 The University of Texas Medical Branch $5,948 13 - - - No Yes Yes
48 Dallas Christian College $16,544 6 23% 41% 95% Yes No Yes
49 Texas A & M University-Central Texas $4,174 15 - - - Yes No Yes
50 Amberton University $7,500 8 - - - Yes No Yes
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How can I find which online colleges offer the degree I’m looking for in Texas?

When looking for colleges that offer your program, narrow the search to exclusively include online colleges and universities in Texas that have earned regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

From there, research by either checking out the program listings on the college website or contacting the college directly. Most colleges and universities have user-friendly websites that enable prospective students to sort their searches by degree type and specialization. The Texas Tech University System has a great page for its online programs that makes searching their catalogue easy. If you can’t find what you need online, reach out to colleges directly and let them know exactly what you are looking for. Someone in the registration department or a student adviser can assist you.

Which online schools in Texas will accept my transfer credits or work/life experience?

Online college degrees continue to grow in popularity with students worldwide as the unique advantages and benefits they offer are increasingly recognized and more fully developed. Online options also continue to gain credibility and legitimacy among institutions of higher education, government educational agencies and employers. This makes earning a bachelor’s degree from a reputable, accredited online college particularly attractive for working adults looking to enhance their job prospects and ensure their knowledge and skill sets remain up-to-date.

Online colleges in Texas and across the U.S. have been increasingly able and willing to assess and accept transfer credits for coursework completed at other institutions—whether earned online or on-campus. This extends to awarding credits for relevant knowledge and experience gained on-the-job, all of which makes it easier for greater numbers of aspiring students to enroll in an online college undergraduate program. All that being said, it is always best to check with your prospective school directly and let them know you have potential transfer credits. Usually, a registrar or student counselor can assist with making sure your credits are properly transferred.

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How Much More Do College Grads in Texas Make?

Earning a college degree can mean faster job growth and higher salaries. This holds true in Texas, where jobs that require a college degree pay far more than those that require only a high school diploma. Let’s dig into the numbers specifically, and see how occupations in Texas pay according to the minimum degree level required.

Mean Annual Salary for All Occupations in Texas, by Degree Level:

No Formal
Education
High School
Diploma
Associate
Degree
Bachelor’s
Degree
Master’s
Degree
Doctoral
Degree
$49,757 $42,237 $58,377 $82,429 $75,436 $110,186
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The Impact of Accreditation for Online Colleges and Universities in Texas

When looking for an online college in Texas, always start with accreditation. That said, numerous types of accreditation exist, which can make the college search and vetting process confusing. Here’s a look at the two most important accreditation types for online colleges and universities in Texas, and what they mean for aspiring graduates.

Regional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is the most critical stamp of approval for colleges in Texas, and across the U.S. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes six regional accrediting bodies, each with its own set of states under its purview. Texas colleges and universities fall under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and accreditation includes campus, blended and online programs.

Increasing interest in online education paired with accreditation means an expanding presence for online colleges and universities. One example is the University of Texas at Austin, which runs an online consortium that offers students the chance to take courses and earn degrees offered at its flagship campus or from other sites statewide. Rice University in Houston is one of the nation’s leading private universities and partners with Coursera to offer free online courses any student can enroll in.

Programmatic Accreditation

The academic stamp of approval can also occur at the program level. Many business schools in Texas, for example, seek accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition, psychology programs may earn accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). Such accreditations can show employers that graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the industry.

Paying for Online College in Texas: Tuition & Financial Aid

The in-state tuition in Texas was $8,091 at public four-year colleges in 2015, and has increased an estimated $1,000 per year since. However, with a college degree often leading to a more lucrative occupation in Texas, the higher education route can be hard to pass up. Here’s a closer look at in-state tuition in the state of Texas:

In-State Tuition, Public Colleges & Universities: $8,091

Change from 2015 $221

National Average:$8,778

In-State Tuition, Private Colleges & Universities: $28,880

Change from 2015 $1,328

National Average:$27,951

What are Texas’s requirements to qualify for in-state university tuition?

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board determines whether students attending on-campus or online colleges in Texas qualify for in-state tuition. In general, residents are independent adults aged 18 or older who have lived in Texas for 12 consecutive months prior to the start of the school year. Residents must have been employed during that time before applying to a higher education institution. International students may qualify under current legislation for a waiver to pay the resident tuition rates but only if their visas specify that they are eligible to establish domicile in the U.S.

Are online credits more affordable in Texas than other places?

Generally speaking, tuition costs are the same for online and on-campus students at Texas universities. That said, online students are typically exempt from supplementary fees that on-campus students are likely to pay. However, keep in mind that online students often have additional technology fees. For more information a school’s fees by program type (campus vs online), check out their tuition and fees section. Most colleges have cost detail readily available online. Here’s a look at a few public university undergraduate online tuition costs for the 2018-2019 school year:

Schools in Texas, Online Cost per Credit

$168 to $350 per credit
$170 per credit
$41 to $503 per credit
$277 to $305 per credit

Nearby States, Online Cost per Credit

$112 to $500 per credit
$178 to $696 per credit
$349 per credit

How can I get help paying for online college in Texas?

Online college students in Texas should explore a variety of financial aid sources in order to cover the costs of their education. The best place to start is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA opens the door to federally guaranteed student loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs based on eligibility. Forms can be filled out online or printed and mailed. A host of scholarship programs are available for undergraduate students attending Texas colleges and universities, as well. Here are just a few that Texas students should look into.

  • IMPACT Presidential Transfer Scholarship: This $9,000 scholarship is offered by Texas Tech University and awarded to incoming transfer students. Applicants must be Texas residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have earned at least 30 hours of transferable credit from a community college.

  • Larry Temple Scholarship: Offered by the University of Texas at Austin, this scholarship is available to College of Liberal Arts students who finished their freshman year studies with outstanding grades. Extracurricular activities, evidence of leadership and financial need are also considered. The scholarship amount is $11,000 and is renewable for two years.

  • Lechner and McFadden Scholarships: Open to incoming freshmen at Texas A&M University, these scholarships are $2,500 per year for four years. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • National Scholars Scholarships and Awards: Texas A&M also offers scholarships and awards to nationally ranked students. National Merit semifinalists and finalists are awarded amounts ranging from $1,000 – $28,000. More information can be found on their website about National Merit scholar competitions and opportunities.

  • Paulus Schroeter Scholarship: Offered by the Amarillo Area Foundation, this scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who reside in any of the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas panhandle. The amount is $2,500 for up to eight semesters and is awarded based on evidence of outstanding leadership, community service and financial need.

Online Schools and Adult Education in Texas

Online education plays a key role in socio-economic development efforts in Texas. Adult education courses are often used as a gateway to prepare students for online college courses and programs, both technically and academically.

Adult education courses are more focused on practical, vocational and life skills and knowledge compared to traditional college or university coursework. This could include courses centered on achieving literacy, numeracy or English language courses for non-native speakers. Here are some examples of how adult education can bridge the gap for aspiring college students in Texas:

Adult Education programs can be useful for:

Texas A&M University provides a directory of literacy programs in the state, and the TASC provides a state-by-state listing of high school equivalency testing locations on their website for students searching for local service providers.

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