Affordable Christian Colleges in Texas

The state of Texas has many Christian colleges. Students interested in a faith-based education will find there are affordable options, five of which are highlighted in this article.

All of the colleges and universities we'll be looking at in Texas have a yearly tuition under $30,000. Many are affiliated with the Baptist denomination and one is Interdenominational.

College Comparison

These five schools all have a Christian denomination, but have varied costs, environments, and student organizations.

School Name Institution Type Location Denomination Tuition (2017-2018)*
Hardin-Simmons University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Abilene, TX Baptist $27,440
East Texas Baptist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Marshall, TX Baptist $25,470
LeTourneau University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Longview, TX Interdenominational $29,320
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 4-year, Private not-for-profit Belton, TX Baptist $27,600
Dallas Baptist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Dallas, TX Baptist $27,480

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Overview of Schools

The Christian colleges in Texas offer a variety of scholarships and grants to help students defray the cost of tuition. East Texas Baptist University offers faith-based financial assistance, while the other schools offer assistance based on academic performance or financial need.

Hardin-Simmons University

Located in a mid-size city, Hardin-Simmons University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. NCES lists a 2016 student population of 2,205 for the university. The site also lists that 391 students received a form of financial aid in 2016. Hardin-Simmons offers aid ranging from a trustee scholarship of $16,000 to a finalist scholarship that covers 100% of tuition. Students can choose from majors like computer programming, nursing education, and social work.

East Texas Baptist University

NCES reports an enrollment of 1,461 students for East Texas Baptist University's 2016 school year. Of those students, 345 were awarded financial aid, as per NCES. East Texas has scholarships for freshman and transfer students, as well as faith-based awards. The university offers degrees in education, international/global studies, and general music. East Texas has accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

LeTourneau University

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, LeTourneau University had a 2016 student population of 2,721, according to NCES. The university offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees with majors such as mechanical engineering, English language and literature, and criminology. In 2016, LeTourneau provided financial assistance to 259 students, as listed on NCES. Financial aid options include scholarships and grants, loans, and work study programs.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The university's majors include computer graphics, mass communication/media studies, and art teacher education. NCES has a 2016 student enrollment of 3,906, with 716 students who received financial aid for that year. Students must complete their FAFSA form in order to be eligible for scholarships or work study programs through the university.

Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University offers a variety of degrees, ranging from less than one-year certificates to doctoral degrees. The university's majors include educational leadership and administration, speech communication and rhetoric, and digital communication and media/multimedia. For the fall 2016 semester, NCES lists a student enrollment of 5,156. NCES also listed that 496 students received financial assistance from Dallas Baptist. The university offers a variety of financial aid to students. Options range from merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, and department scholarships.


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