The average cost to attend college in Texas (including transportation, books, and other expenses) ranges from roughly $13,000/year for a public community college -- assuming residency in Texas -- to $31,000/year for an independent four-year college.
But students don't have to face the costs alone. More than 4 billion dollars in financial aid is available to students in Texas. This money is available in grants, loans, loan repayment programs, work-study programs, exemptions, and more.
Exemptions offered in Texas allow qualified Texans to attend public college without paying tuition or, in some cases, tuiton and fees. Many of these exemptions depend on your background or circumstances. See collegeforalltexans.com for a list of complete exemptions.
State Grants and Scholarships
The following grants and scholarships are awarded by the state of Texas.
- Education and Training Vouchers for Youths Aging Out of Foster Care
This program provides financial aid to help students aged 16-23 who are in foster care and who are pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree. It can used for fees (books, child care, personal expenses), and is worth up to $5,000/year.
- Engineering Scholarship Program
This scholarship, worth up to $5,000/year, was established by the Texas legislature to encourage students to pursue bachelor's degrees in engineering. It can be used at public or private schools.
- Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program
Scholarship to encourage students to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, members of the Texas Air Force National Guard, and commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States.
- Texas Career Opportunity Grant Program
This award is given to career college students in Texas who show financial need.
- Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program (TEOG)
Provides grant aid to financially needy students enrolled in Texas public two-year colleges.
- TEXAS Grant
The TEXAS (Towards Excellence, Access, and Success) Grant is targeted to low-income students in Texas attending public colleges.Only families with EFC (Expected Family Contribution ) of $4,000 or less are eligible to receive a TEXAS Grant.
- Top 10% Scholarship Program
Students who graduate high school in the top 10% of their class and who show financial need in the FAFSA or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TAFSA) can receive up to $2,000 toward education at a public school in Texas.
- Tuition Equalization Grant Program
This grant helps financially needy students attend private, non-profit colleges or universities in Texas.
Loans and Loan Repayment Programs
Texas B-On-Time (BOT Loan Program)
This loan program provides no-interest loans to eligible students to attend college in Texas.
College Access Loan (CAL)
You don't have to have financial need to receive the CAL in Texas. You do have to be a Texas resident and enrolled in a degree program at least half-time.
Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Program
This loan repayment program helps teachers who agree to teach in a subject or school district experiencing a shortage of qualified teachers.
Fore more information on these and other financial aid programs in Texas, visit collegeforalltexans.com, the informational site from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Most of these awards require applicants to complete the FAFSA, which helps schools understand your financial need. Students in the Dallas area can contact the Texas Financial Aid Information Center for more information.