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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61Tarleton State University (TSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$203,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,500
62Texas Southern University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$196,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,900
Grad Rate16%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
63University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$68,400
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,300
64Texas A&M University - Commerce Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$191,000
Total 4 Year Cost$112,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
65Southwestern Adventist University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$189,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
66 (tie)Angelo State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$112,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
66 (tie)Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,100
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
68Texas A&M University - Texarkana Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$176,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,700
Grad RateN/A
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$21,000
69Texas A&M International University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$172,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,600
70University of Dallas(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$163,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
71Paul Quinn College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$161,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,700
Grad Rate4%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
72Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$160,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
73 (tie)University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$157,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,300
73 (tie)University of The Incarnate Word(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$157,000
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$39,700
75Texas Southern University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$154,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate16%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600

*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.