Texas’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Texas. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Texas’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Texas

Texas offers more than 30 colleges and universities that serve communities of 10,000 students or more. The largest school in the bunch (and in the nation), Texas A&M University in College Station serves more than 65,000 students. The University of Texas at Austin is the next largest, serving about 45,000 students — but it too has a big claim to fame, as the wealthiest public university in the United States. Texas’s private colleges and universities, including Baylor University and Southern Methodist University, are also impressive in size and scope. The majority of these schools have religious affiliations and offer degrees in a variety fields, such as nursing, religious studies, criminal justice, business, and education.

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For students who prefer a more intimate educational environment, Texas offers a long list of smaller public and private colleges and universities, such as Abilene Christian University and University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Additionally, Texas has generous loan forgiveness programs for qualifying nurses, physicians, teachers, legal aid attorneys, and lawyers who work in the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Texas is known for doing things big. Big cities, big open spaces and, of course, big fun. Whether you’re hitting up the live music scene in Austin, catching a Cowboys game in Dallas, or strolling down the River Walk in San Antonio, you’re sure to have a good time. And, with more than 150 higher education institutes, it’s safe to say The Lone Star State is big on education too.

If you’re looking to earn your degree in the state of Texas, you’ll have plenty of higher learning institutes to choose from.

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The following list of the most affordable colleges and universities in Texas is composed entirely of schools offering four-year undergraduate degree programs. There are 44 colleges and universities in Texas that offer tuition under $16,000/year; 32 of those schools are below $10,000/year. The list below of the top 30 most affordable colleges universities in the state satisfies the following three conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. Its stated tuition and fees must be under $16,000/year.

How do we determine Texas's most affordable colleges and universities?

The best colleges pound for pound!

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call Concentrated Influence. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in Texas

  1. Brazosport College
    #1

    Brazosport College

    #3714 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    3K

    Lake Jackson, TX

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    What is Brazosport College known for?

    Brazosport College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
  2. Tyler Junior College
    #2

    Tyler Junior College

    #3990 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    9K

    Tyler, TX

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    What is Tyler Junior College known for?

    Tyler Junior College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. South Texas College
    #3

    South Texas College

    #4834 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    0

    Student body

    22K

    McAllen, TX

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    What is South Texas College known for?

    South Texas College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Communications
  4. Midland College
    #4

    Midland College

    #3413 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    3K

    Midland, TX

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    What is Midland College known for?

    Midland College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. University of Texas Permian Basin
    #5

    University of Texas Permian Basin

    #4023 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1036/19

    Odessa, TX

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    What is University of Texas Permian Basin known for?

    University of Texas Permian Basin's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Engineering
    • Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
  6. University of Houston–Downtown
    #6

    University of Houston–Downtown

    #4599 institution's overall influence
    #463 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1000/18

    Houston, TX

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    What is University of Houston–Downtown known for?

    University of Houston–Downtown's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
    • Literature
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. University of Houston–Victoria
    #7

    University of Houston–Victoria

    #5009 institution's overall influence
    #612 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1009/18

    Victoria, TX

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    What is University of Houston–Victoria known for?

    University of Houston–Victoria's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • History
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Sul Ross State University
    #8

    Sul Ross State University

    #2609 institution's overall influence
    #609 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    /17

    Alpine, TX

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    What is Sul Ross State University known for?

    Sul Ross State University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Business
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. University of Houston–Clear Lake
    #9

    University of Houston–Clear Lake

    #2835 institution's overall influence
    #1340 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/21

    Houston, TX

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    What is University of Houston–Clear Lake known for?

    University of Houston–Clear Lake's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
  10. Texas A&M International University
    #10

    Texas A&M International University

    #3363 institution's overall influence
    #896 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/18

    Laredo, TX

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  11. Tarleton State University
    #11

    Tarleton State University

    #3054 institution's overall influence
    #762 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/20

    Stephenville, TX

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    What is Tarleton State University known for?

    Tarleton State University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Earth Sciences

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. Texas A&M University–Texarkana
    #12

    Texas A&M University–Texarkana

    #11921 institution's overall influence
    #855 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    Texarkana, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Texarkana known for?

    Texas A&M University–Texarkana's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
  13. Angelo State University
    #13

    Angelo State University

    #1556 institution's overall influence
    #1397 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/20

    San Angelo, TX

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    What is Angelo State University known for?

    Angelo State University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. Texas Woman's University
    #14

    Texas Woman's University

    #1577 institution's overall influence
    #455 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/19

    Denton, TX

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    What is Texas Woman's University known for?

    Texas Woman's University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    #15

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    #1100 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/19

    Edinburg, TX

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    What is University of Texas Rio Grande Valley known for?

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Law
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. West Texas A&M University
    #16

    West Texas A&M University

    #2413 institution's overall influence
    #1327 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    Canyon, TX

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    What is West Texas A&M University known for?

    West Texas A&M University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Biology
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. Amberton University
    #17

    Amberton University

    #4903 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Student body

    1K

    Garland, TX

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    What is Amberton University known for?

    Amberton University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Psychology
  18. University of Texas at El Paso
    #18

    University of Texas at El Paso

    #761 institution's overall influence
    #725 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    20K

    El Paso, TX

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    What is University of Texas at El Paso known for?

    University of Texas at El Paso's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Education
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Communications
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. University of Texas at San Antonio
    #19

    University of Texas at San Antonio

    #983 institution's overall influence
    #1111 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    27K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/22

    San Antonio, TX

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    What is University of Texas at San Antonio known for?

    University of Texas at San Antonio's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. Sam Houston State University
    #20

    Sam Houston State University

    #804 institution's overall influence
    #1048 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Huntsville, TX

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    What is Sam Houston State University known for?

    Sam Houston State University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. Stephen F. Austin State University
    #21

    Stephen F. Austin State University

    #2064 institution's overall influence
    #1254 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/21

    Nacogdoches, TX

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    What is Stephen F. Austin State University known for?

    Stephen F. Austin State University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • History
    • Biology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. University of Texas at Tyler
    #22

    University of Texas at Tyler

    #2873 institution's overall influence
    #1359 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Tyler, TX

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    What is University of Texas at Tyler known for?

    University of Texas at Tyler's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
  23. Lamar University
    #23

    Lamar University

    #1160 institution's overall influence
    #749 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    Beaumont, TX

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    What is Lamar University known for?

    Lamar University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  24. Texas Southern University
    #24

    Texas Southern University

    #877 institution's overall influence
    #550 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    920/16

    Houston, TX

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    What is Texas Southern University known for?

    Texas Southern University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  25. Texas A&M University–Commerce
    #25

    Texas A&M University–Commerce

    #4697 institution's overall influence
    #232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Commerce, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Commerce known for?

    Texas A&M University–Commerce's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  26. University of Houston
    #26

    University of Houston

    #186 institution's overall influence
    #1064 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    37K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/24

    Houston, TX

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    What is University of Houston known for?

    University of Houston's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  27. Texas A&M University–Kingsville
    #27

    Texas A&M University–Kingsville

    #6821 institution's overall influence
    #539 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/19

    Kingsville, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Kingsville known for?

    Texas A&M University–Kingsville's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • History
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  28. Midwestern State University
    #28

    Midwestern State University

    #3771 institution's overall influence
    #899 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/19

    Wichita Falls, TX

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    What is Midwestern State University known for?

    Midwestern State University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
  29. Texas Tech University
    #29

    Texas Tech University

    #346 institution's overall influence
    #1458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    34K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Lubbock, TX

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    What is Texas Tech University known for?

    Texas Tech University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  30. Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
    #30

    Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

    #8254 institution's overall influence
    #606 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/21

    Corpus Christi, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi known for?

    Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

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