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Palo Alto College (PAC)

1400 Villaret, San Antonio, TX

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Established in 1985, the Palo Alto College is a public community college that offers exemplary and accessible education to local students in San Antonio, Texas. The school aims to educate and teach students in a dynamic and learning environment which is centered on the community. Today, the school has provided education to a diversity of races. In fact, 38% of the enrollees in Palo Alto College are Hispanic thus making it one of the diverse schools in terms of its enrollees in Texas.

The Palo Alto College offers a wide variety of two-year Associate Degree programs of different disciplines including engineering, business, information technology, literature, communication and the arts. Moreover, it also offers short-term certificate programs that guarantee students to easily find a job upon completion of the program. The Palo Alto College is also in partnership with Toyota and it offers automotive trainings to students who want to go into the automobile industry.  Enrollees of Palo Alto College have to pay a flat rate of $480 per credit unit especially for in-district students. For the out-of-district students, a tuition fee rate of $650 is required upon admission.

One of the goals of the school is to provide transfer education to students. The school has a Center for Academic Transition which provides assistance to those who want to transfer from Palo Alto College to a four-year university. The schools connected with Palo Alto College via the transfer plan include the following:

  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas State University-San Marcos
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Texas at Austin

Find out which are some of the better community colleges in Texas based on transfer rates, listings information also includes tuition, fees and enrollment data.


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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $2,000-$2,400
    • Out-of-State: $11,000-$12,790
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $67-$80 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $360-$430 per credit unit
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships73%$5,085
Receiving Student Loans4%$4,563

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 11%.

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Student Services

To help support students, Palo Alto College may provide services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Bexar County and the community colleges in Texas as a whole.

 PACBexar CountyTexas
Graduation Rate8.1%7.4%15.5%
Transfer-out Rate19.8%20.4%24.7%

Programs Offered

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

  • Electromechanical Engineering and Technology (A, C)
  • Biomedical Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Chicano Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Pre-Nursing Studies (A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (A, C)
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies (A)
  • Pre-Medicine, Pre-Medical Studies (A)
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Health and Wellness, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies


Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

  • Library Assistant (A)

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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