Community colleges located in the greater Houston area

Community colleges often provide an inexpensive option for students who want a four-year degree or who want to learn a trade that requires two or less years of college education.

In the greater Houston area, there are a number of options for students who want to learn. The Texas Gulf Coast Community College Consortium is a “partnership of nine public community colleges along the Gulf Coast of Texas that work together to advance the mission of community college education, train the workforce- work in the region and enrich the learning experience of students”.

According to the consortium, member schools have nearly 200,000 students enrolled in credit courses and another 60,000 enrolled in continuing education or workforce courses. The number of students enrolled in credit courses represents “nearly a quarter of the total enrollment of all Texas community college students.”

The consortium has divided school districts in the region which determine which students will pay tuition in the district when they attend one of the community colleges. For example, most schools in Montgomery County are aligned with Lone Star College. Students in Harris County school districts can go to Lone Star College, Houston Community College, or San Jacinto College. Some research is needed to determine which college system will allow high school graduates to pay fees in the district.

Costs can vary significantly depending on residency status. For example, at Houston Community College, an in-district student will pay approximately $84.50 per credit hour, compared to $180.50 for out-of-district students and $227 for out-of-state students.

For more information about the Texas Gulf Coast Community Colleges Consortium, visit

Consortium member colleges include:

Alvin Community College

Major school districts: Alvin and Pearland ISD.


Main Location: 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511

Telephone: (281) 756-3500

Brazosport College

Main school districts: Angleton and Brazosport ISD.


Main Location: 500 College Blvd., Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Phone: (979) 230-3000

Mainland College

Major School Districts: Friendswood, Santa Fe, Dickinson and part of Clear Creek ISD.


Primary Location: 1200 N Amburn Road, Texas City, TX 77591

Phone: (409) 938-1211

Galveston College

Major School Districts: Galveston ISD.


Primary Location: 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550

Phone: (409) 944-1220

Houston Community College

Major school districts: Houston, Spring Branch, Fort Bend, and part of Katy’s ISD.


Primary Location: 3100 S Main St., Houston, TX 77004

Telephone: (713) 718-2000

Lee College

Major school districts: Goose Creek, Crosby, Huffman and Dayton ISD.


Main location: 200 Lee Drive, Baytown, TX 77520

Telephone: (281) 427-5611

Lone Star College

Major school districts: Cypress-Fairbanks, Spring, Tomball, Magnolia, Humble, Conroe, and Klein ISD.


Primary Location: 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Telephone: (832) 813-6500

San Jacinto College

Major school districts: Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Galena Park, and part of Clear Creek ISD.


Main Location: 4624 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77504

Telephone: (281) 998-6151

Wharton County Junior College

Major school districts: Lamar Consolidated, Needville, Wharton and part of Katy ISD.


Main Location: 911 E. Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488

Phone: (979) 532-4560

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