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.

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Rank
School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
16.9%6.9%12.4%12.4%$650,000$650,000$795,000$795,000$229,000$229,00093%4$29,50015%
1Rice University(Private)
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI12.4%
Annual ROI12.4%
20 Year Net ROI$650,000
20 Year Net ROI$650,000
20 Year Net ROI$795,000
20 Year Net ROI$795,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,500
Grant Money Received15%
210.2%10.2%12.8%12.8%$575,000$575,000$612,000$612,000$97,100$97,10080%5$26,60024%
2Texas A & M University-College Station(In-State)
Annual ROI10.2%
Annual ROI10.2%
Annual ROI12.8%
Annual ROI12.8%
20 Year Net ROI$575,000
20 Year Net ROI$575,000
20 Year Net ROI$612,000
20 Year Net ROI$612,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,100
Total 4 Year Cost$97,100
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,600
Grant Money Received24%
39.5%9.5%12.6%12.6%$539,000$539,000$583,000$583,000$104,000$104,00081%4$21,70024%
3The University of Texas at Austin(In-State)
Annual ROI9.5%
Annual ROI9.5%
Annual ROI12.6%
Annual ROI12.6%
20 Year Net ROI$539,000
20 Year Net ROI$539,000
20 Year Net ROI$583,000
20 Year Net ROI$583,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$21,700
Grant Money Received24%
49.4%9.2%13.4%13.1%$510,000$507,000$562,000$560,000$102,000$104,00067%4$26,30026%
4The University of Texas at Dallas(In-State)
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROI13.4%
Annual ROI13.1%
20 Year Net ROI$510,000
20 Year Net ROI$507,000
20 Year Net ROI$562,000
20 Year Net ROI$560,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,300
Grant Money Received26%
57.1%7.1%8.5%8.5%$502,000$502,000$539,000$539,000$169,000$169,00080%5$26,60024%
5Texas A & M University-College Station(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI8.5%
20 Year Net ROI$502,000
20 Year Net ROI$502,000
20 Year Net ROI$539,000
20 Year Net ROI$539,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,600
Grant Money Received24%
69.5%8.8%12.1%11.1%$479,000$467,000$515,000$503,000$94,000$106,00051%5$24,70037%
6University of Houston(In-State)
Annual ROI9.5%
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI12.1%
Annual ROI11.1%
20 Year Net ROI$479,000
20 Year Net ROI$467,000
20 Year Net ROI$515,000
20 Year Net ROI$503,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,700
Grant Money Received37%
79.3%9.3%12.3%12.3%$457,000$457,000$495,000$495,000$91,900$91,90048%5$23,20043%
7The University of Texas at Arlington(In-State)
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROI12.3%
Annual ROI12.3%
20 Year Net ROI$457,000
20 Year Net ROI$457,000
20 Year Net ROI$495,000
20 Year Net ROI$495,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,900
Total 4 Year Cost$91,900
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,200
Grant Money Received43%
89.4%9.8%11.3%11.9%$446,000$453,000$473,000$480,000$89,700$83,10060%5$32,40023%
8Texas Tech University(In-State)
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI9.8%
Annual ROI11.3%
Annual ROI11.9%
20 Year Net ROI$446,000
20 Year Net ROI$453,000
20 Year Net ROI$473,000
20 Year Net ROI$480,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Total 4 Year Cost$83,100
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,400
Grant Money Received23%
96.7%6.6%8.8%8.6%$445,000$442,000$497,000$495,000$167,000$169,00067%4$26,30026%
9The University of Texas at Dallas(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI8.6%
20 Year Net ROI$445,000
20 Year Net ROI$442,000
20 Year Net ROI$497,000
20 Year Net ROI$495,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,300
Grant Money Received26%
105.9%5.9%7.2%7.2%$440,000$440,000$484,000$484,000$203,000$203,00081%4$21,70024%
10The University of Texas at Austin(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI7.2%
20 Year Net ROI$440,000
20 Year Net ROI$440,000
20 Year Net ROI$484,000
20 Year Net ROI$484,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$21,700
Grant Money Received24%
116.7%6.6%9.7%9.4%$436,000$431,000$506,000$501,000$163,000$168,00053%4$27,70029%
11LeTourneau University(Private)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI9.7%
Annual ROI9.4%
20 Year Net ROI$436,000
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
20 Year Net ROI$506,000
20 Year Net ROI$501,000
Total 4 Year Cost$163,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,700
Grant Money Received29%
127.4%7.0%9.0%8.4%$435,000$423,000$471,000$459,000$137,000$149,00051%5$24,70037%
12University of Houston(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI7.0%
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI8.4%
20 Year Net ROI$435,000
20 Year Net ROI$423,000
20 Year Net ROI$471,000
20 Year Net ROI$459,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,700
Grant Money Received37%
137.4%7.4%9.2%9.2%$416,000$416,000$454,000$454,000$133,000$133,00048%5$23,20043%
13The University of Texas at Arlington(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROI9.2%
20 Year Net ROI$416,000
20 Year Net ROI$416,000
20 Year Net ROI$454,000
20 Year Net ROI$454,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,200
Grant Money Received43%
147.5%7.8%8.8%9.2%$410,000$417,000$437,000$443,000$126,000$119,00060%5$32,40023%
14Texas Tech University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.5%
Annual ROI7.8%
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI9.2%
20 Year Net ROI$410,000
20 Year Net ROI$417,000
20 Year Net ROI$437,000
20 Year Net ROI$443,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,400
Grant Money Received23%
159.2%9.2%14.2%14.2%$401,000$401,000$451,000$450,000$83,300$83,70031%5$23,60070%
15Prairie View A & M University(In-State)
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROI14.2%
Annual ROI14.2%
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
20 Year Net ROI$451,000
20 Year Net ROI$450,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Total 4 Year Cost$83,700
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,600
Grant Money Received70%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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. 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.


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