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Texas has more than 365 post-secondary institutions, of which 74 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, 32 are public four-year colleges or universities and 13 are public community or technical colleges and 29 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 1,505 online certificate programs, 9,139 online associates programs, 10,926 online bachelors programs, 6,842 online masters programs, 8,541 online professional programs, and 1,699 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from creative writing to speech therapy to animation.
Of the online colleges in Texas, the one with the greatest number of programs online is Southwestern Assemblies of God University, which is a 4-year research university. It offers 60 online programs in the following subjects:
- Advanced Nursing
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Programming
- Computer Science
- Court Reporting
- Creative Writing
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Leadership
- Elementary Education
- Emergency Management
- Fashion Merchandising
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Texas was $4,526 per year. Public community and technical colleges charged students an average of $1,690 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $7,000 to $33,120 per year.
College students in Texas received an estimated $57,394,361,140 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, approximately 40.44% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. About 62.11% of the scholarships and grants were in institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited Texas online colleges awarded their students $16,259,884,040 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
The total gross state product for Texas was $1.2 trillion in 2010. Based on these numbers, Texas has the 2nd strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.
The state has about 10,089,870 workers employed in the state. The state’s biggest industries are:
- Educational and health care services
- Retail trade
A reported 11% of Texas employees are working in the administration industry. Additionally, Texas’s educational and health care services industry employs a reported 22% of the total number of employees. Also, a reported 12% of Texas workers are employed in the retail trade industry.
The average wage of Texas employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the nation. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Texas earn an average annual income of $42,220. The median income for employees is $31,490 per year. But, the top 10% of the state’s employees earn over $78,680 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $16,620. The highest paid employees are oral surgeons, while the lowest paid employees in the state are dishwashers. Texas oral surgeons can earn up to $243,900 per annum, while dishwashers in the state can earn as little as $17,120 per year. Around the country, oral surgeons earn, on average, $214,120 per year. On the other hand, dishwashers make, on average, $18,680 annually around the country.
Texas, which is located in the Southern region of the United States, is named from a Caddo tribe word meaning “friends”. The 2nd largest state in the US, it has an area of 268,596 square miles. Approximately 60°F is Texas’s average annual temperature.
Of the states in the country, Texas has the 2nd largest population. The state has 254 counties and 25,145,561 residents living in these counties. About 45% of Texas’s population is under the age of 30. Also, it has one of the most diverse populations in the nation with about 55% of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
The capital city of Texas is Austin. However, with a population of 2,099,451 residents, Houston is the state’s largest city. Approximately 11.98% of the state’s residents live in the Houston metropolitan area. Texas’s other big cities are San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth.
Texas residents typically have a lower than average level of education as compared to those around the country. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 16% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 3.5% have at least an associates degree, 2.7% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.