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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30 (tie)Texas Christian University (TCU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$303,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$50,800
32Texas State University - San Marcos Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$298,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,800
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
33University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
34University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$289,000
Total 4 Year Cost$67,600
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,600
35University of North Texas (UNT)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$283,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
36Texas A&M University - Kingsville Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$281,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
37University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$278,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,500
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
38University of Texas at Tyler(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$272,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
39University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$269,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,700
40Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$268,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,600
41Texas Woman's University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$266,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,800
42Sam Houston State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$265,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,700
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
43University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,600
44West Texas A & M University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$262,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,300
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
45West Texas A & M University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$259,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,300
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600

*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.