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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas
Community
Colleges

Public community colleges train our workforce and prepare students for further academic study. The state’s 50 community college districts also play an important role in meeting the specific educational and vocational needs of the local areas they serve.

Statewide Impact of Community Colleges’ spending, Fiscal 2019

Employment

77,738

Output

$9.8 billion

Compensation

$4.7 billion

Note: Figures include direct, indirect and induced economic impacts.
Sources: JobsEQ, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas community colleges.

Affordability

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: Most Affordable Public Two-Year Institutions by State, 2017-18 School Year

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: Most Affordable Public Two-Year Institutions by State, 2017-18
JurisdictionAverage Annual Tuition and Fees
United States $3,243
Florida $2,506
Texas $2,209
Arizona $2,152
New Mexico $1,666
California $1,268

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Community colleges are much more affordable than other higher education options, particularly in Texas. In the 2017-18 school year, Texas’ community colleges had the nation’s fourth-lowest tuition and fees, behind only California, New Mexico and Arizona. Texas community colleges average $2,209 per year versus a U.S. average of $3,243.

61 PERCENT OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES STAY WITHIN 50 MILES OF THE INSTITUTION THEY ATTENDED.


Wages by Educational Attainment

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Texas, 2018

Community colleges provide their students with a good return on their investment. In 2018, workers in Texas with some college or associate degrees, with stable jobs, earned an average $8,393 more annually than high school graduates.


Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Texas, Fiscal 2019
Educational Attainment Employed Average Annual Earnings
Less than high school 2,065,483 $42,808
High school or equivalent, no college 2,765,759 $52,035
Some college or associate degree 3,245,675 $60,428
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 2,454,975 $95,716
Educational attainment not available 1,544,282 $22,087
Total 12,076,174 $58,787

 Source: U.S. Census Bureau and JobsEQ

Average wage Increase Over High School or Equivalent

$8,393

Number of workers, Some College or Associate Degree

3,245,675

Total Statewide additional wages

$27.2 billion

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, JobsEQ and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts



Certificates and Degrees

Top Certificates and Degrees in Texas Community Colleges, 2017-18 School Year

Top Certificates and Degrees in Texas Community Colleges, Academic Year 2017-18
Certificates and Degrees Number Awarded
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 48,801
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 37,768
Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services 15,700
Personal and Culinary Services 10,914
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 9,202

Source: JobsEQ


Summary

Texas’ 50 community college districts contribute nearly $10 billion to the state’s economy and support nearly 78,000 jobs. They also provide Texas students with a low-cost option to build skills or prepare for further education, leading to better jobs and adding more than $27 billion to total statewide income

Learn more about community colleges AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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