According to the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the state has more than 50 district or state community and junior colleges. These post-secondary schools offer programs that let you earn a specialized technical degree or associate degree in a number of areas. You can also transfer credit hours to a four-year college or university. Many community colleges are more affordable than a traditional four-year public or private schools, and offer special tuition rates for Texas residents.

Northeast Texas Community College

Northeast Texas Community College, situated on 375 acres, has a variety of programs you can complete in two or fewer years. Its course offerings include liberal arts, business, communications, health care and information technology. The college also has a "two and two" program where you can begin your bachelor's in education or business at the community college and finish it at Texas A&M University. To apply, complete an application (download from the school's website), submit a transcript of your grades and SAT or ACT test scores.

Northeast Texas Community College 2886 FM 1735 Chapel Hill Road Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455 800-870-0142 ntcc.edu

Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College is a two-year community college that grants technical and associate degrees. With five campuses in the Fort Worth area, it is the sixth largest of the state's post-high school institutions. Tarant offers programs in the arts and sciences, business, public safety, technology, education, health and transportation technology. You must submit a completed application and other information based on your student status. Status categories include new, transfer or returning students, early high school admissions and non-citizen or international students.

Tarrant County College District 1500 Houston St. Fort Worth, TX 76102 817-515-8223 tccd.edu

Austin Community College

Austin Community College serves eight counties in the Austin area through its several campuses and centers. All campuses offer day, evening or weekend classes, as well as online distance classes, for full-time and part-time students. Programs lead to degrees or diplomas in art, biology, business administration, English and journalism, marketing, surgical technology, and travel and tourism. High school graduates and those with GEDs, as well as non-graduates, may apply. Non-graduates must either be 18 years old and demonstrate the ability to do college-level work, or high school students 16 or older who successfully complete their sophomore year.

Austin Community College 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd. Austin, TX 78752 512-223-4ACC austincc.edu