Pay for school
Calculate costs and how to pay for college.
Let's create a plan to fund your future.
There are more ways than ever to pay for your college degree or certificate. By developing a thorough plan, a college education is within reach for every Texas student. Take the following steps to figure how much your program will cost and how you’ll pay for it.
Understand the costs of school
When making your budget, it’s important to plan for every possible expense—not just tuition. You should have an idea of what you’ll pay for books and supplies, transportation, housing, and other costs. Having these accounted for will help you plan your savings and reduce surprises when it comes time to pay.
We’ll walk you through each of these expenses and provide estimates of what to expect. Our program exploration tool can also help you calculate the cost of Texas colleges and career schools.
Reduce costs and start saving
Once you know the estimated amount you plan to pay for school, explore ways to reduce your expenses. Some cost-saving opportunities include the following:
- Credits for high school or college classes
- Tuition waivers and exemptions
- Course format options (e.g., online or in-person)
We can help you understand each of these cost-saving opportunities, as well as your payment options.
Take advantage of past or current employment
Your employment experience is something that colleges and career schools value.
Credit for work experience
Schools may provide course credit for your previous work experience.Get credit
Employer educational benefits
Your employer may offer educational benefits for certain credentials.Learn more
Tuition for military families
If you’re a service member, military spouse, or child of a service member, you may be eligible for educational benefits.Explore options
Apply for financial aid
Many students in the United States take advantage of financial aid to help pay for college or career programs. There are different types of financial aid, including the following: loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. These opportunities can come from the federal government, the State of Texas, or a private source.
Learn how to apply for financial aid, explore the differences in financial aid types, and understand their requirements. You can also use our search tool to find the right financial aid program for you.
When it comes to scholarship, don’t wait; be proactive.
“You can get scholarships because you played the violin, because of your culture, because you’re the first in your family to go to college. But it takes legwork and homework.”