$10,000 Texas College Initiative

Under a plan unveiled in 2011, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged institutions in his state to develop options for low-cost undergraduate degrees. Limiting the cost of a bachelor’s degree to no more than $10,000, 10 Texas colleges – which educate more than 50,000 students, or roughly 10-percent of the undergraduates at public universities in the state – have answered the call so far.


Most of the proposed inexpensive degree programs take advantage of community college and dual-enrollment high school credit options and are not available to student in most disciplines. When Perry issued his challenge last year, he wanted the state's universities to "leverage Web-based instruction, innovative teaching techniques and aggressive efficiency measures" to drive down the cost of a degree.

For more information on Rick Perry's initiative, please contact the participating schools, listed below.

Angelo State University
Midland College
South Texas College
Sul Ross State University
Tarleton State University
Texas A & M University-Commerce
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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