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2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools in the Southwest Region

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

16 Colleges
$9,339 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$30,365 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 76,482 degrees and certificates were awarded to computer information systems students, making the major the most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which computer science program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 16 schools in the Southwest Region to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree programs for CIS students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for CIS majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Top 10 Best Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Collin County Community College District the best value school in the Southwest Region for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Collin County Community College District are $5,014 a year.

Collin County Community College District did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list.

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Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lone Star College System. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list. Located in the small city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a fairly large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at North Harris Montgomery take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $15,462. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $137, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend San Jacinto Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Pasadena.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at San Jacinto College are $5,040 per year.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Phoenix - Arizona. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UOPX - Arizona are $9,552 a year. While working on their Associate's Degree, CIS majors at UOPX - Arizona accumulate an average of around $18,311 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $197, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

UOPX - Arizona also took the #2 spot in our Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region rankings.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Tarrant County College District is a great value for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County College is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Tarrant County College are $8,235 a year. The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at Tarrant County College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $13,196. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $127.

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Central New Mexico Community College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in the city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CNM are $7,410 per year. On average, CIS graduates from CNM take out $9,412 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $64.

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Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in the distant town of Okmulgee, OSU Institute of Technology is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at OSU Institute of Technology are $11,160 per year. CIS majors at OSU Institute of Technology take out an average of $16,106 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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With a ranking of #8, Austin Community College District did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. Austin Community College District is a very large public school located in the city of Austin.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Austin Community College District are $13,020 a year. The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at Austin Community College District take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $10,360. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $104.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Austin Community College District is ranked #3 for overall quality for CIS in the Southwest Region .

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#9

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, OK

With a ranking of #9, Oklahoma City Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of Oklahoma City, OCCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at OCCC are $9,810 a year. On average, CIS graduates from OCCC take out $10,638 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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Texas State Technical College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. TSTC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Waco.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at TSTC are $10,191 per year.

TSTC did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list.

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Best Computer Information Systems Colleges by State

Explore the best computer information systems colleges for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 2,730
Texas 6,429
New Mexico 403
Oklahoma 780

Computer Information Systems is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

CIS Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Computer & Information Sciences 46,489
Information Technology 26,468
Informatics 2,056
Other Computer & Information Sciences 1,143
Artificial Intelligence 326

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 16 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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