Stephen F. Austin State University is a university of public status that is located in Nacogdoches, Texas. The college takes its name from one of Texas’ founders and operates as an independent university. Over 12,000 students call this state university home in any given year, and there are hundreds of faculty to match the growing numbers.
The state university offers many different options for undergraduate and graduate students to take advantage of, despite their geographical or schedule-related barriers. There are degrees, certificates, and individual online courses that a student can take to reduce or eradicate their time spent on campus. Degrees and classes offered online at the state university are given as much attention and quality assurance as programs held on campus.
An undergraduate has six different programs to choose from when taking his or her education to the web. There is the Bachelor of Science in Special Education, the Bachelor of Education, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, the Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood to 6th Grade, and the Bachelor of Education in 4th to 8th grade. These degrees are meant to build upon a previous associate degree or it’s equivalent, 60 credits.
Graduate students have even more options to choose from. Distance education is becoming increasingly popular amongst the ranks of graduate study. It has become a serious alternative means of obtaining a degree on one’s own schedule and within the reach of limited resources. There are 8 degrees to choose from.
These 8 graduate degrees are all master’s degrees that are focused mainly in the field of education. There are Master of Science degrees offered in Human Sciences and Resource Interpretation. There is a Master of Education offered with the majors of Educational Leadership (with Principal Certification), Early Childhood Specialist, Standard Elementary, Content Emphasis, and All-Level Professional Reading Specialist. There is also a Master of Arts in Music Education available.
Since the state university receives state funding to subsidize its tuition rates, the status of a given student’s residency in Texas affects their tuition rates. The categories are split into in-state and out-of-state. Those who are from outside of the state of Texas are not eligible for tax-reduced tuition rates.
In-state undergraduates pay $3,744 per year if they are taking between 12 and 18 credits per semester. Otherwise, they are expected to pay $221 per credit hour. Out-of-state undergraduates pay $10,488 per year full-time and $502 per credit hour part-time.
In-state graduates pay $3,348 if they decide to enroll on a full-time basis. Otherwise, they pay $251 per credit hour for their studies. Out-of-state graduates pay $8,406 per year full-time, and $532 per credit hour.
Even though the university has lowered its rates to a very affordable range for most students, there is still plenty of financial aid distributed each year. Approximately one third of the student body receives grant aid directly from the university itself. The average amount distributed is $1,379. This, combined with federal, state, and local aid sources completely covers some students’ tuition costs, while others have their rates cut in half.