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Vernon College, located in Vernon, Texas, is a public, two year institution, founded in 1972 through the passing of a vote in 1970 by residents of Wilbarger County. The school has expanded steadily since its founding, adding additional programs, facilities and athletics. Additionally, the school maintains the Red River Valley Museum which offers exhibits and information on local history dating as far back as the prehistoric age. Originally known as Vernon Regional Junior College, the school changed its name in 2001, to better reflect the school expanded role in the community.
Vernon College offers a number of programs that allow students to pursue academic transfer or receive a career oriented education for the purposes of employment. Academic transfer provides students with a curriculum that mirrors the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying to a four year institution to continue that education and earn a bachelor's degree. Career training programs provide students with the skills and education necessary to enter the workforce in a given industry or field. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or degree.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Vernon College is an open enrollment institution, and as such allows any student interested in enrollment to do so through the submission of an application, payment of fees, and providing of previous transcripts and test scores. Students are encouraged to participate in orientation and to meet with a counselor prior to registration. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships, which are awarded based on need as determined by the applicants Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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 $4,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $10 application fee for those applying to a program. 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: $2,600-$3,200
- Out-of-State: $6,000-$7,200
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $88-$110 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $200-$240 per credit 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||88%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||75%||$6,407|
|Receiving Student Loans||40%||$4,936|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 16%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Vernon College may offer student services like:
- Distance learning
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Employment search assistance
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for VRJC, versus those community colleges in Texas, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
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
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Vernon College.
- Cisco College in Cisco, TX (123 miles away)
- Ranger College in Ranger, TX (123 miles away)
- Texas State Technical College - West Texas in Sweetwater, TX (127 miles away)
- North Central Texas College in Gainesville, TX (129 miles away)
- Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX (132 miles away)