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College Station, centrally located within easy driving distance of Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, provides an urban campus with a small-town feel. Ranked as the best college town by Livability.com in 2012, College Station offers a great college environment and a great place for families, with well-maintained parks, fields, recreation centers, trails and bike paths, as well as numerous entertainment activities, here or in the region.

Cost of Living

College Station has the lowest cost of living index of the top schools featured by US News and World Report in the Best Public Affairs Programs, as well as member schools in the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA).  Out of a 100-average, Bryan-College Station continues to rank in the low 90s for cost of living.  Rate our caliber and our affordability and you’ll see why we are a “Best Buy” for your graduate degree.

The low cost of living combined with the low cost of tuition and high level of scholarship support make the Bush School at Texas A&M university one of the "best buys" for your graduate degree.

Though living expenses for each GBS student will vary according to personal needs, an estimated median cost for yearly expenses has been figured by Texas A&M University (Scholarships & Financial Aid) at approximately $14,000 a year (based on 20 credit hours a year and 9-month occupancy).

Estimated Living Expenses

Books & Supplies$1,066$1,066
Room & Board$10,950$10,950
Loan Fees$146$146
Personal Expenses$2,574$2,574
Total: Living Expenses$15,358$15,886

Total Costs and Benefit

The total estimates of tuition/fees and cost of living is just over $24,000 a year for those qualifying for resident rates, which covers all GBS students for the reasons noted above. When these amounts are combined with the generous scholarships the Bush School offers its students, you'll see why the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University is a bargain buy from a top public and international affairs institution— with programs and faculty competitive with the best in the country.

*Tuition and fees are determined by the Texas A&M Board of Regents and are subject to change.

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