Best Value Colleges in Texas

There is no shortage of colleges in Texas, and the Texas College ROI Report helps make choosing a college easier by putting the cost of each college in the same terms as any other investment.  Read More

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1Rice University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$708,400
Total 4 Year Cost$204,600
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,920
2Texas A&M University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$619,800
Total 4 Year Cost$83,200
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,480
3Texas A&M University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$556,800
Total 4 Year Cost$146,200
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,480
4University of Texas (UT) - Austin(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$522,700
Total 4 Year Cost$100,300
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,960
5University of Houston (UH)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$487,700
Total 4 Year Cost$85,300
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,640
6Prairie View A & M University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$485,100
Total 4 Year Cost$67,900
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,560
7University of Houston (UH)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$455,900
Total 4 Year Cost$117,200
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,640
8Prairie View A & M University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$451,300
Total 4 Year Cost$101,700
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,560
9University of Texas at Dallas(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$448,100
Total 4 Year Cost$94,900
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
10LeTourneau University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$446,700
Total 4 Year Cost$146,300
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
11University of Texas (UT) - Austin(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$430,800
Total 4 Year Cost$192,200
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,960
12Texas Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$429,700
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,800
13University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$426,400
Total 4 Year Cost$86,600
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,840
14Lamar University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$406,900
Total 4 Year Cost$86,100
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,640
15Texas Tech University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$397,800
Total 4 Year Cost$115,200
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,800

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Students who attend school in the vast Lone Star State can take their pick from many schools that appear near the top of the rankings while enjoying the state's amazing weather, Gulf Coast beaches, vibrant cities and unique culture. No matter what draws you to the state, consider using PayScale's data to zero in on the best value colleges in Texas before applying.

With a ranking of 19 on the national list, Rice University offers the college return on investment Texas students and their families demand, and then some. While the cost of an education from this Houston institution costs an average of $204,600, alumni report a median return of investment of $708,400 in the two decades following graduation. That figure skyrockets to $843,700 with financial aid. Consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, Rice has produced many illustrious alumni, including numerous Rhodes Scholars, Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and Fulbright Scholars. Best known for its applied science programs, Rice is certain to give you remarkable bang for your buck.

As the fourth-largest university in the U.S., Texas A&M University -- which is often referred to as A&M or TAMU -- is ranked 39th in terms of 20 Year Net ROI. It's little wonder that A&M tends to be among the best value colleges Texas students and their families consider. In-state tuition to earn a degree costs an average of $83,200, but the 20 Year Net ROI is $619,800 without financial aid and $659,900 when it's included. Located in College Station, the sprawling university is home to the George Bush Presidential Library and includes a senior military college with a full-time corps of volunteer cadets. The famously conservative school counts several NASA astronauts and former Texas governor Rick Perry among its alumni.

With its location in notoriously hip, quirky Austin -- which also happens to be the state capital -- the University of Texas delivers the value of college education Texas students and their parents seek while being in an incredibly cool environment. Regarded as a "Public Ivy" for offering the quality of education found in the Ivy League while still being a public institution, UT is made up of 18 colleges and schools and has an undergrad population of nearly 40,000. The cost to earn a degree from this well-regarded school averages around $100,300 in-state, helping UT make it into the top tier of PayScale's Texas College ROI Report rankings. Ranked 90th nationally, UT Austin has a 20 Year Net ROI of $522,700, which increases to $562,500 with financial aid.