Best Value Colleges in Texas

There is no shortage of colleges in Texas, and PayScale's College ROI Report helps make choosing a college in Texas easier by using our salary data to show which college alumni earn the most after graduation.

Students who attend school in the Lone Star State can choose from many distinguished colleges while enjoying the state's amazing weather, its Gulf Coast beaches, its vibrant cities and the unique culture.  Read More

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1Rice University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$624,000
Total 4 Year Cost$221,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,400
2Texas A&M University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$569,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
3University of Texas (UT) - Austin(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$513,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
4Texas A&M University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$500,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
5University of Texas at Dallas(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$487,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,800
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
6University of Houston (UH)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$464,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,400
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
7Texas Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$438,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,100
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
8University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$432,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,200
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
9LeTourneau University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$427,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
10University of Texas at Dallas(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$426,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
11University of Houston (UH)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$424,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
12University of Texas (UT) - Austin(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$416,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
13Texas Tech University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$403,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
14Prairie View A & M University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$402,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,500
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
15Lamar University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$397,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200

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

No matter what draws you to the state, using PayScale's data to zero in on the best value colleges in Texas can help make sure you don't get stuck in student loan debt you can never pay back.

Consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, Rice University is an esteemed engineering school that 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.

Many students flock to tiny College Station, Texas to attend Texas A&M. The sprawling university in a tiny town is home to the George Bush Presidential Library and includes a senior military college with a full-time corps of volunteer cadets. It's also home to the most famous all-male cheer squad in the country, the Yell Squad. The famously conservative school counts several NASA astronauts and former Texas governor Rick Perry among its alumni. Texas A&M's Aggies are also famous for their school spirit.

With its location in notoriously hip, quirky Austin -- which also happens to be the state capital -- the University of Texas delivers a serious value for the cost of a college education. Regarded as a "Public Ivy" because it offers a quality of education found in the Ivy League while still being a public institution, UT has an undergrad population of nearly 40,000. The Longhorns don't just perform on the football field, they go on to have prosperous careers.