Earning a two-year degree or technical certificate in Southeast Texas is more affordable than at any time during the past decade! The Texas State University System Board of Regents has reduced tuition and fees by an average of 25 percent at the three Lamar State Colleges:
Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont)
Lamar State College Orange
Lamar State College Port Arthur
For the Spring 2020 semester, and continuing through the 2020-21 academic year, standard tuition and fees at the Lamar State Colleges are $1,955 per semester, comparable to the cost of attendance in 2009. Check out the video and Frequently Asked Questions below for additional details.
The state budget approved in 2019 provides an additional $17.3 million to “buy down” tuition and fees at the Lamar State Colleges. The Board used this new money to reduce tuition and fees by an average of 25 percent, to $1,995 per semester.
Unlike Texas community colleges, the Lamar State Colleges do not receive local tax revenue, requiring them to charge higher tuition and fees to make up the difference. Average tuition at a Texas community college are approximately $1,000 per semester for a full-time, in-district student. By comparison, the average tuition and fees at a Lamar State College before the tuition cut were approximately $2,800.
Reducing the cost of attendance helps the Lamar State Colleges attract more students. This will likely result in higher levels of funding in the future because state funding for colleges and universities is partly based on enrollment.
Some research suggests tuition cuts at two-year colleges do not negatively impact enrollment at nearby four-year universities. In fact, Lamar University could benefit in the future as more students enroll at the two-year colleges and later decide to pursue four-year degrees at Lamar University.