Stephen F. Austin State University, often called SFA, is an independent public institution of higher learning residing in Nacogdoches, TX. It is one of the four independent universities in the state. Its rural 417-acre campus sits on part of the homestead of Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was an early Republic of Texas political and military leader. SFA offers more than 120 areas of study, including 80 undergraduate programs, almost 60 graduate programs, and three doctorate programs.
The programs are offered through its six schools of education: College of Fine Arts, Nelson Rusche College of Business, James I. Perkins College of Education, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, College of Liberal Arts and Applied Arts, Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing, and College of Sciences and Mathematics. SFA is also home to one of the only two schools of forestry in Texas. Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to distinction in teaching, research, scholarship, service, and creativity. It provides a student-centered learning environment and offers an array of opportunities to prepare students for success in challenging careers. It features about 26 students per class with a student to faculty ratio of 20 to one.
Stephen F. Austin State University was founded in 1923 as a teacher’s college and it was named after one of the founding fathers of Texas, Stephen F. Austin. The college became a university in 1969. Since 2007, SFA has served as the headquarters of the Association for Business Communication. Today, Stephen F. Austin State University is home to about 13,000 students. The U.S. News and World Report ranked SFA number 25 in its Top Public Schools publication.
Stephen F. Austin State University Accreditation Details
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Stephen F. Austin State University to grant bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
The Council for Exceptional Children nationally recognizes the graduate program in Master of Education in Special Education.
Stephen F. Austin State University Application Requirements
- Submit the ApplyTexas online admissions application
- Submit official high school transcript
- Submit official test scores from the SAT and/or ACT
- Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
- Pay the nonrefundable $45 application fee
- Submit the ApplyTexas online admissions application
- Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning
- Submit official test scores from the GRE and/or GMAT
- Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee
- Submit additional requirements for specific majors, including letters of recommendation and essays
Tuition and Financial Aid
- Texas resident full-time students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester: $9,617 per year. The current tuition rate for undergraduate resident students is $50.00 per credit hour statutory tuition and $192 per credit hour designated tuition established by the SFA Board of Regents
- Texas non-resident full-time students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester: $21,838 per year. The current tuition rate for undergraduate nonresident students is $458.00 per credit hour statutory tuition and $192 designated tuition. Non-resident students that live within 100 miles from the university are eligible for a $378.00 tuition waiver.
- Online students: Texas residents pay $50 per credit hour statutory tuition, $192 designated tuition, plus a $33 distance education fee. Non-residents pay $50 per credit hour statutory tuition, $192 per credit hour designated tuition, a $33 distance education fee, and an online out-of-state resident $120 fee.
- Texas resident graduate student: $50 statutory tuition, $192 designated tuition, and $30 graduate tuition per credit hour.
- Texas non-resident: $458 statutory tuition, $192 designated tuition, and $30 graduate tuition per credit hour. Graduate students who live within 100 miles are eligible for the $378 waiver.
- Online Texas residents: $50 statutory tuition, $192 designated tuition, $30 graduate tuition, $33 distance education fee per credit hour.
- Online non-Texas residents: $50 statutory tuition, $192 designated tuition, $30 graduate tuition, $33 distance education fee, and online out-of-state resident $120 fee per credit hour.
SFA is committed to helping students manage their financial aid options. It participates in various programs, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.
- University Regents Scholarship
- Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
- Community College Transfer Scholarship Program
- School of Honors Scholarships
- The Alumni Association Scholarships
- The Office of Student Financial Assistance Scholarships
- The Office of International Programs Scholarships
- Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
- SFA Athletics Scholarships
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- TEACH Grant
- TEXAS Grants
- Texas Public Educational Grants
- Texas Top 10% Scholarship
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
Stephen F. Austin State University participates in the Federal Work-Study program where students work part-time to cover their educational costs. Students work hourly-wage jobs during certain hours as agreed upon by the employer. Specific hours and compensation varies by employer, position, qualifications, and job tasks.
Online Degrees Available
Stephen F. Austin State University Online offers a Master of Education in Special Education degree. The programs prepare students for careers in the classroom or upper level administrative positions. They are aligned with national and state standards for special education professionals. The programs use a performance-based evaluation system to rate the performance of students on key assessments in a variety of courses to provide information for accreditation and advancement of the program. There are various options in the program to meet the needs of an array of students.
The initial teacher certification is for students who do not currently hold a Texas teacher certification in special education. Without teacher certification is for those seeking to work in a state organization where certification is not required or those who currently hold a Texas teacher certification in special education. Graduates of these options are prepared for the TExES examinations in special education. The Educational Diagnostician Certification provides graduate education in special education, assessment, and law. Students who finish this option are prepared for certification as an educational diagnostician. The educational diagnostician certification seeking only option is for those with a master’s degree in a related area who want to work as educational diagnosticians. The core courses include the exceptional child, children with behavioral disorder, intelligence testing, early childhood special education, autism, and instructional strategies.
The initial teacher certification and the educational diagnostician program requires student to complete multiple practicum experiences. Stephen F Austin State University is an ideal choice for students seeking to complete their special education program online.