2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Texas

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Students in Texas are lucky to have 24 community colleges in their state that offer fully online associate degrees and certificates. Houston Community College is one of the most affordable options on this list and is also very highly ranked; tuition is just $1,680 and it comes in at #5. Students who want a wide variety of available online programs should consider #2-ranked Central Texas College, which offers 29 online associate degrees, such as an AA in Modern Language, an AAS in At Risk Youth, and an AA in Business Management, among other degrees.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Palo Alto College $2,580 San Antonio (TX)
#2 #2 Central Texas College $2,700 Killeen (TX)
#3 #3 South Texas College $2,100 McAllen (and 2 others)
#4 #4 Lone Star College System $1,920 The Woodlands (and 6 others)
#5 #5 Houston Community College $1,680 Houston (and 3 others)
#6 #6 Northwest Vista College $2,580 San Antonio (TX)
#7 #7 San Antonio College $2,580 San Antonio (TX)
#8 #8 Wharton County Junior College $2,790 Wharton (TX)
#9 #9 St Philip's College $2,580 San Antonio (TX)
#10 #10 Tarrant County College District $1,770 Fort Worth (TX)
#11 #11 Odessa College $2,070 Odessa (TX)
#12 #12 College of the Mainland $1,773 Texas City (TX)
#13 #13 Panola College $2,400 Carthage (TX)
#14 #14 Del Mar College $3,170 Corpus Christi (TX)
#15 #15 Amarillo College $2,670 Amarillo (and 2 others)
#16 #16 Alvin Community College $3,810 Alvin (TX)
#17 #17 North Central Texas College $3,150 Gainesville (TX)
#18 #18 Navarro College $1,260 Corsicana (and 2 others)
#19 #19 Midland College $2,670 Midland (TX)
#20 #20 Tyler Junior College $2,962 Tyler (TX)
#21 #21 Grayson College $2,550 Denison (TX)
#22 #22 Kilgore College $2,370 Kilgore (TX)
#23 #23 Lamar Institute of Technology $5,736 Beaumont (TX)
#24 #24 Coastal Bend College $2,646 Beeville (TX)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Texas - Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,580
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: San Antonio
  • Online Associate Degrees: 10
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Palo Alto Community College in Texas offers a number of online degree and certificate programs through its Distance Learning Program. Online degrees include Associate of Arts in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, History, and Spanish; and Associate of Applied Science in Teaching, Business Management, Computer Support Specialist, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Information Security and Assurance, among others. Students who enroll in distance learning will have access to the same faculty and academics as traditional students, but will have a much more flexible learning schedule. Students use video conferencing, streaming software, and the Canvas learning management system to interact with peers and instructors.

Online Associate Degrees (10)

Online Certificate Programs (28)

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Killeen
  • Online Associate Degrees: 29
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The Distance Education program at Central Texas College offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs for students looking to kick off their college degree or extend their learning through online courses. More than 60 programs are offered online, including Associate of Applied Science degrees in At Risk Youth, Chemical Dependency, Child Development, Computer Science with a concentration in information security, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Medical Coding and Billing, and Office Technology. Online certificates include administrator’s credentials, basic mental health professional, business management, child development, and computer help desk specialist.

Online Associate Degrees (29)

Online Certificate Programs (31)

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: McAllen, Weslaco, Rio Grande City
  • Online Associate Degrees: 20
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Students looking to pursue a community college degree or certificate can enroll in one of South Texas College’s online programs. The school offers 33 online programs with some of the lowest tuition rates in the state. Students won’t be required to attend any meetings, classes, or other activities on campus and can register for classes, discuss financial aid, and attend advising sessions all from home. Online degree programs include associate degrees in accounting, communication studies, computer science, criminal justice, English, education for various grades, human resources, math, and philosophy. Online baccalaureate degrees include computer and information technologies, medical and health services management, technology management and organizational leadership. Certificates are available in accounting, computer applications and marketing.

Online Associate Degrees (20)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (4)

Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $1,920
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: 7 Cities
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
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Lone Star College System in Texas offers online degree programs for students who are looking to start a college career but aren’t able to set foot on campus. A number of programs from Lone Star College can be completed entirely online, including professional certificates of varying levels. Degree programs include Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Administrative Services with a variety of concentrations, Business Administration and Computer Programming. Students can also enroll in an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts degree in Business, Criminal Justice, International Studies, Speech Communication and Teaching. Certificate programs are available in areas like accounting, business operations and Microsoft Office specialist. Students can take an online assessment to ensure online learning is the right choice for them before signing up for courses.

  • Annual Tuition: $1,680
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: 4 Cities
  • Online Associate Degrees: 17
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Houston Community College in Texas offers more than 30 different online degree and certificate options. There are more than 5,000 online classes available across the program, and the school is the third largest community college in the country in terms of online enrollment. Students can enroll in either an Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts in Teaching. Other areas of study offered include business management, fire science and safety, and English. Certificate programs are also offered at varying levels in areas like marketing and logistics and global supply chain. Online students can access a number of services through HCC, including academic advising, tutoring, counseling and career services.

Online Associate Degrees (17)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

  • Annual Tuition: $2,580
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: San Antonio
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Northwest Vista College’s online degree and certificate programs provide students with options for taking the next step in pursuing their career goals, without needing to step foot on campus. Northwest Vista College is part of the Alamo Colleges District in Texas. Students can enroll in online Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, or Associate of Science degrees. Students interested in distance learning can access online resources through the community college’s website to determine whether or not an online degree program is right for them.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,580
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: San Antonio
  • Online Associate Degrees: 18
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Students in need of a flexible way to jump-start their college career or enhance their current skill set can enroll in one of San Antonio College’s online degree or certificate programs. San Antonio College is part of the Alamo Colleges District in Texas. Available online degrees include Associate of Arts in Communications, Criminal Justice, Humanities, Literature, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Associate in Applied Sciences degrees are available in corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement and math. Many degree programs will prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue additional degrees.

Online Associate Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $2,790
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Wharton
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Students who want to pursue a career in the health field can consider enrolling in the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program at Wharton County Junior College. Offered entirely online, the 60-credit-hour degree program will prepare students to continue their degree at a four-year college or university. Students can also choose to enroll in the online 30 credit-hour Level II Certificate program or an 18-credit-hour Level I Certificate program.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,580
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: San Antonio
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
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St. Philip’s College is part of the Alamo Colleges District in Texas. The school offers a number of online degree and certificate programs for students in need of a flexible learning environment. Students can choose to enroll in Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as several different professional certificate programs. Degree topics include business management and technology, network administrator, early childhood and family studies, and health information technology.

  • Annual Tuition: $1,770
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Fort Worth
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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Tarrant County College District in Texas offers a wide variety of online courses and degree programs for students who are looking for a flexible way to advance their studies. Online degree programs include an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting with a concentration in information management; an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with concentrations in accounting assistant, business, and small business management; and an Associate of Applied Science in Technology Professional. TCC also offers certificates that can be completed entirely online, including accounting information management, business administration and office technology.

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Certificate Programs (22)

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,070
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Odessa
  • Online Associate Degrees: 24
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Students who work full-time or have other commitments but want to advance their careers with a college degree or certificate can enroll in one of Odessa College’s online programs. The community college offers a number of subjects that can be completed entirely online. Virtual degree programs include an Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Safety and Health, and Associate in Arts in Business Administration, Child Development, English, General Studies, Psychology, Secondary Speech Communication, Social Science and Sociology. Students can also choose to enroll in an Associate in Arts in Teaching or an Associate in Science degree.

Online Associate Degrees (24)

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Online Certificate Programs (13)

  • Annual Tuition: $1,773
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Texas City
  • Online Associate Degrees: 6
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Texas’s College of the Mainland offers a variety of degree and certificate programs that students can complete entirely online. The school’s Distance Education program offers an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice and General Studies that do not require any face time from students. Certificate programs that can be completed online include administrative support, entrepreneurship, executive assistant, fire officer, management, marketing and professional bookkeeping. Students who enroll in online learning at the College of the Mainland will take an Online Learner Workshop to help them get accustomed to the way classes will be delivered online.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Carthage
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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Online degree programs at Panola College in Texas allow students to take an active role in their learning. Online classes are asynchronous, so students are expected to maintain discipline in order to complete their online community college degrees or certificate programs. Online degree programs include Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology, General Business, Office Professional; Associate of Arts in Teaching in varying grade-level concentrations; Associate of Science in Computer Science; and certificates in areas like administrative assistant, general office, marketable skills, and computer science and information technology. Students should note that all online courses at Panola require at least two proctored exams at a nearby testing center.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,170
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Corpus Christi
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
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Del Mar College in Texas is an option for students who are looking to complete a community college degree entirely online. Students who want to study fully online can enroll in Del Mar College’s Associate of Arts in Business Administration or Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice programs. The school also offers a number of online courses for students to complete hybrid degrees or a mix of online and in-person courses. Online students use the Canvas learning management system to access their class materials and interact with their teachers and peers. Most classes at Del Mar College are structured asynchronously and classes last between eight and 16 weeks.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,670
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Amarillo, Dumas, Hereford
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
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Amarillo College offers a variety of online courses and degree programs for students looking for a flexible learning environment to jump-start or refresh their career and skills. Requirements, learning outcomes, and transferability all remain the same for online courses as they do for on-campus courses. Programs that can be completed entirely online include an Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy, and an Associate of Science in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies or Psychology. Students can also complete an online Certificate in Mortuary Science with a concentration in funeral director.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,810
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Alvin
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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Alvin Community College in Texas offers a variety of online degree and certificate programs through its distance education program. While some courses may require students to be present for an orientation or field trips, there are degrees that can be completed 100-percent virtually. Fully-online degrees include an Associate of Arts in Psychology or Sociology, and an Associate of Applied Science in Management. Students can also pursue a certificate in management, which can be completed entirely online. All students who enroll in online learning at ACC will take a required introduction class to help set them up for success as an online learner.

Online Associate Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $3,150
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Gainesville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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North Central Texas College offers two options for students looking to attend community college online. The Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Technology is available as an entirely-online degree program. It is designed to take two years to complete and requires 60 credit hours spread out over four semesters. Those who do not want to pursue an associate degree can complete a Business Office Technology Certificate, which can also be completed fully online. The program typically takes two semesters, or 32 weeks, to complete and requires 32 credit hours.

  • Annual Tuition: $1,260
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Corsicana, Midlothian, Waxahachie
  • Online Associate Degrees: 24
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Navarro College is a community college in Texas that offers online degree and certificate programs for students who would benefit from an online learning environment. Students can enroll in a number of degree programs, including an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice; an Associate of Arts in English, General Studies, or Speech; and an Associate of Science in Business, General Studies, Psychology and Sociology. Students can also complete a Certificate in Administrative Professional Level I or a Supervisor’s Certificate Level I fully online. If Navarro College doesn’t offer a course online that a student is interested in, they can take advantage of online courses offered through the Virtual College of Texas and credits will satisfy their NC degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,670
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Midland
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Midland College in Texas offers a variety of programs for students to complete a community college degree or certificate fully online. Available programs include an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Service Management with concentrations in health informatics, health information management, and healthcare administration. The Certificate of Health Data Coordinator, Health Data Specialist, and Medical Coding Specialist can also be completed online. Distance education students will have virtual access to resources, like online tutoring, throughout the course of their study.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,962
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Tyler
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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Tyler Junior College in Texas offers online degree programs that will prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their education. The school offers a variety of Associate of Arts degrees that can be completed entirely online, including business, criminal justice, economics, English, general studies, history, psychology, social work, sociology and teaching of different grade levels. Tyler Junior College also offers certificates in areas like business management, fire protection technology, public administration and criminal justice. Students will access course materials and activities through the Canvas Learning Management System.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,550
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Denison
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Grayson County College’s Online Campus program delivers online education for a variety of diverse learners to meet their education goals. The credits students earn through online courses are identical to those earned in the traditional classroom and will prepare students to continue their education at a four-year college or university. GCC offers four degree programs that can be completed entirely online: an Associate of Arts in Education or General Studies and an Associate of Applied Science in Child Development or Criminal Justice. Online students will have access to academic advising resources and class payment options.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,370
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Kilgore
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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The eLearning program at Kilgore College in Texas minimizes students’ time on campus to allow for the flexibility of real-world responsibilities. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection degree entirely online. The eLearning program also offers continuing education classes and certificates that can be completed virtually. Kilgore College is part of the Virtual College of Texas (VCT), which is a collaboration between 50 community colleges throughout the state that allow students to enroll in online programs at partner schools.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,736
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Beaumont
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Lamar Institute of Technology in Texas offers a variety of online courses and degree programs. Students can choose to take some classes online to supplement on-campus courses, or they can enroll in one of the completely-virtual degree programs. Students can complete the following degrees without needing to step foot on campus: Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology and Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security. Certificate programs that can be completed online include a Certificate in Health Informatics and a Certificate in Homeland Security. Students who are considering online education can take a free assessment on the school’s website to determine if it’s the right path for them.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,646
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Beeville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Coastal Bend College in Texas offers two options for students seeking to complete a community college degree online. Students can enroll in either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science. Both degrees will provide a good foundation for students looking to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their studies. Students have the option to take accelerated courses online which can be completed in as little as three weeks. Students who take part in the distance learning education program at Coastal Bend College will receive the same rigorous education as those who enroll in traditional classes.

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