July 7, 2014
Blinn College students will not only have the opportunity to earn a diploma in the upcoming year, but they’ll also walk away with huge college savings compared to universities throughout the state.
According to figures compiled by CollegeForAllTexans.com, Blinn College students who take 30 credit hours in the 2014-15 academic year will save thousands in tuition and fees compared to students at both public and private universities across the state.
“It’s important to not only provide a quality education, but to make that education affordable so everyone in our community has the opportunity to reach their dreams,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn district president. “It’s not enough to offer academic excellence – at Blinn, we are committed to affordable academic excellence.”
At just $4,082 for 30 credit hours, Blinn’s out-of-district tuition and fees offer students a savings of $3,891 (48.8 percent) compared to state residents at the average Texas public university. The average tuition and fees for Texas residents at a public university is $7,973.
Savings are even greater for Washington County residents. With an in-district tuition of $2,674, students can save $5,299 (66.5 percent) compared to what they would spend at a Texas public university.
Students who choose to attend Blinn instead of one of the state’s 37 private universities save more than $20,000 over the course of the year. With the average Texas independent university costing $25,436 in tuition and fees, out-of-district Blinn students save $21,354 (84 percent) over the course of the year.
On top of the College’s low tuition and fees, the Blinn Foundation offers more than 200 endowed scholarships available to incoming and returning students from a wide range of backgrounds, majors, academic backgrounds and experiences. Blinn students and prospective students can also register for external scholarships and participate in grant programs.
Last year, AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a site that educates students about their options for obtaining and paying for a degree, named Blinn one of the most affordable large community colleges in the nation.
Blinn’s 41.6 percent academic transfer rate is one of the highest in the nation and significantly surpasses the state average of 25.4 percent. The Blinn TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) Program allows selected applicants to Texas A&M’s freshman class a unique co-enrollment opportunity with the opportunity to earn full Texas A&M admission. The initiative, the first of its kind between a major university and a community college, received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Recognition of Excellence in 2013.
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 18,413 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.
As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is currently implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled, “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.
Registration is currently available for the Fall semester. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.