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A Guide to Getting One of Texas' $10,000 Degrees

By Reeve Hamilton, The Texas Tribune

In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry touted the $10,000 bachelor's degrees Texas universities began offering in 2011, when he first challenged them to do it.

“There were plenty of detractors at that time who insisted it couldn't be done,” Perry said. “However, that call inspired educators at colleges and universities across our state to step up to the plate.”

And not just in Texas. Perry said interest in $10,000 degrees is spreading nationally, picking up steam in Florida and California.

But now that they exist, how can cash-strapped Texas students get them? The Texas Tribune has assembled a handy guide to help students find the new $10,000 degrees, which can be accessed by clicking on the picture below.

Whether or not one of the $10,000 programs that have been created in response to the governor's call is a good fit will depend on a number of factors: what subject students want to study, where they want to attend college, which programs they qualify for and how hard they are willing to work to keep the price of higher education low.

It also depends on what one considers a $10,000 degree.

In March 2012, the Tribune made its first guide to how to get a $10,000 degree. It was easy to make, because at the time, only one was officially available: a bachelor’s of applied arts and sciences in information technology with an emphasis in computer security from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Due to its requirements, very few Texans could actually get it.

Less than a year later, there are several more options.

In his address on Tuesday, Perry cited a total of 13 $10,000 degrees in the state. Though he originally called for the total price to include books, none of them account for the price of books.

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