Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

South Texas College tuition is $2,100 per year for in-district residents. This is 71% cheaper than the national average public four year in-district tuition of $7,243. The cost is 87% cheaper than the average Texas in-district tuition of $16,198 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 82nd most expensive 4 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,680 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,080.

Housing Costs

South Texas College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the McAllen area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $5,974.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $1,400 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to South Texas College is $12,354 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $12,654. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $16,254. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $6,680.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for South Texas College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for South Texas College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$12,354
   In-District Tuition$2,100
   Other Fees$1,680
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,400
   Books and Supplies$1,200
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$5,974
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$6,380
   In-District Tuition$2,100
   Other Fees$1,680
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$1,400
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Texas Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$12,654
   In-State Tuition$2,400
   Other Fees$1,680
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$5,974
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,400
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Texas Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$6,680
   In-State Tuition$2,400
   Other Fees$1,680
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$1,400
   Books and Supplies$1,200


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $12,654 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported South Texas College net price for in-state students is $1,825* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

85% of South Texas College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,976. 79 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,642. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend South Texas College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for South Texas College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$1,825*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid85%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,976
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants79%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,642

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$1,844
$30,001 to $48,000$2,421
$48,001 to $75,000$3,991
$75,001 to $110,000$5,801

Average Financial Aid Mix - $12,654 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $12,654. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $4,976

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, South Texas College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 0% - $0

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 56% -  $6,278

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at South Texas College.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at South Texas College is $50,616 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $63,270 or $0 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at South Texas College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,200
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,327
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,000
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,127

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at South Texas College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at South Texas College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$70
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$210
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$80
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$240
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$200
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$600
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$800


Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to South Texas College in the future? Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $50,616.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for South Texas College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$17,402$69,609
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$22,210$88,840
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $28,346$113,385
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $32,814$131,258

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at South Texas College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 284 15% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 214 12% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 200 19% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 185 26% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 185 15% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 137 13% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 124 17% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 111 6% cheaper
Social Work Associate's Degree 81 11% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 66 53% cheaper
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 40 14% cheaper
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 38 18% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 38 25% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 28 20% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 24 20% cheaper
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 23 22% cheaper
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 22 12% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 20 18% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 19 22% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 18 16% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 16 8% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 16 18% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 15 13% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 14 5% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 14 17% cheaper
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 13 15% cheaper
History, General Associate's Degree 13 16% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 13 4% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 11 17% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 11 21% cheaper
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 11 20% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 10 18% cheaper
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 10 19% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 10 17% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 10 19% cheaper
Philosophy Associate's Degree 10 23% cheaper
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 8 18% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 8 20% cheaper
Tool and Die Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 5% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 8 10% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 7 13% cheaper
Computer Science Associate's Degree 7 22% cheaper
Music, General Associate's Degree 6 16% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Communication, General Associate's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Physics, General Associate's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Associate's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Human Resources Management and Services, Other Associate's Degree 2 0% costlier
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other Associate's Degree 1 11% costlier
Pre-Pharmacy Studies Associate's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Anthropology Associate's Degree 1 27% cheaper


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About South Texas College

South Texas College is a four year public college located in McAllen, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 10,854 and part time is 21,095.  South Texas College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about South Texas College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

South Texas College
3201 W Pecan
McAllen, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

South Texas College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

South Texas College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=409315 IPEDS survey data.