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Southwest Texas, Junior College, located in Uvalde, Texas, was founded 1946, though interest in forming such a school dates as far back as 1926, where citizens in Uvalde and Sabinal had requested the establishment of a school to serve the large area and be located in Uvalde. The closure of the Army Air Force Flying School resulted in the citizenry working to maintain the property rather than see it dismantled, and by the end of the year was granted permission to establish a junior college on the site as well as purchase the property. Since that time the school has expanded, offering a large selection of services and programs while meeting the educational needs of three counties. The board of directors was given the deed to the property by Uvalde in 1958, allowing the school to make its own decisions regarding construction, management and expansion. Today the school flourishes while providing top quality education to its growing student body.
Southwest Texas Junior College offers a variety of programs dedicated to the development of professional skills and abilities for a given field or to the transfer of students to continue their educational growth. Students wishing to transfer to a four year institution may do so by completing the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying to a college or university to complete their final two years and earn their bachelor's degree. Public colleges and universities in Texas will have agreements in place with the school to make the transfer process guaranteed and easy, though transfer to a private or out of state institution may be pursued, but due to varying requirements for admission, may be more difficult.
Technical and career training programs typically take up to two years to complete and result in a certificate or associate degree that demonstrates competency in the studied field. This is accomplished through the use of traditional classroom and practical courses designed to provide a controlled environment for the development of skills and abilities relevant to ones area of desired employment. Graduates may pursue employment at the entry level upon completion.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
SWTJC is an open enrollment institution, and as such allows any individual that wishes to enroll to do so by meeting minimum requirements for admission, submitting an application and paying all related fees. Students must also supply transcripts and standardized test scores if available, which may be used in lieu of a placement exam. Students should participate in new student orientation in order to familiarize themselves with the campus and meet with a counselor prior to registration to discuss program enrollment and curriculum.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarship. Students requiring financial assistance must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used by the school's financial aid department to determine need and aid program eligibility when forming the student's aid packet. Aid must be reapplied for prior to each academic year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $1,300-$1,600
- Out-of-State: $2,900-$3,456
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $55-$66 per unit
- Out-of-State: $120-$140 per unit
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||82%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||79%||$6,282|
|Receiving Student Loans||11%||$5,057|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 23%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Southwest Texas Junior College may offer student services like:
- Online classes
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Employment search assistance
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares SWTJC against community colleges in Texas.
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Other Community Colleges Nearby
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