South Plains College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$696
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$6,172
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
10.7%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
8,880
44.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
21.1%
338 Graduates

About

South Plains College is a higher education institution located in Hockley County, TX. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at South Plains College were .

In 2020, 1,718 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Plains College. 54.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (856 degrees), 1.27 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (672 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Plains College is $696, which is $−7,284 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at South Plains College is $696, which is $−7,284 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,172.

In 2020, 56% of undergraduate students attending South Plains College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 20% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$696
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at South Plains College was $696. The cost of tuition at South Plains College is $−7,284 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$6,172
2020 Value
16.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 South Plains College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,172. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of South Plains College grew by 16.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$5,922
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Plains College was of $5,922 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.63% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 26.3% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

56%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
20%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

56% of undergraduate students at South Plains College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 9.8% with respect to 2019, when 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
10.7%
2018 Default Rate
153
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at South Plains College was 10.7%, which represents 153 out of the 1431 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

South Plains College has a total enrollment of 8,880 students. The full-time enrollment at South Plains College is 3,936 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,944. This means that 44.3% of students enrolled at South Plains College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Plains College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 48.8% Hispanic or Latino, 41.8% White, 5.59% Black or African American, 1.44% Asian, 1.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.214% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at South Plains College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (30.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (19.7%) and White Female (19.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

44.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Plains College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,880 students. The full-time enrollment at South Plains College is 3,936 and the part-time enrollment is 4,944. This means that 44.3% of students enrolled at South Plains College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

40%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at South Plains College was 40%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), South Plains College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    4,336
  2. White
    3,715
  3. Black or African American
    496

The enrolled student population at South Plains College is 48.8% Hispanic or Latino, 41.8% White, 5.59% Black or African American, 1.44% Asian, 1.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.214% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 44.5% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.2% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 17 students (0.191%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 160 more women than men received degrees from South Plains College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South Plains College is hispanic or latino (856 degrees awarded). There were 1.27 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (672 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at South Plains College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at South Plains College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Precision Production (101 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (23 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (136 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Police officers (125,220 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (81,123 people), Other managers (62,169 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (37,019 people), and Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists (31,144 people).

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Precision Production (101 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (23 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (136 degrees), Protective Services (128 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (106 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, Skincare specialists, Physicians, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Precision Production (101 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (23 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (136 degrees), Protective Services (128 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (106 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (298,865 people), Elementary & secondary schools (155,135 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (54,631 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (48,006 people), and Legal services (44,392 people).

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Precision Production (101 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (23 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (136 degrees), Protective Services (128 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (106 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South Plains College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at South Plains College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

779
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
939
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 779 degrees were awarded to men at South Plains College, which is 0.83 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (939).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 167 degrees were awarded to men at South Plains College in General Studies, which is 0.614 times less than the 272 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 272 degrees were awarded to women at South Plains College in General Studies, which is 1.63 times more than the 167 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%
100% Completion Time
23%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 14% of students graduating from South Plains College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 23% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 26% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Male
Highest Graduation Rate (25.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at South Plains College is Male and White (25.8% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.592% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    856 degrees awarded
  2. White
    672 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    97 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Plains College is hispanic or latino (856 degrees awarded). There were 1.27 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (672 degrees).

0.931% of degree recipients (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    482 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    374 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    348 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South Plains College is hispanic or latino female (482 degrees awarded). There were 1.29 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (374 degrees).

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Operations

South Plains College has an endowment valued at nearly $25.3M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $348k (1.37%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, South Plains College had a total salary expenditure of $73.8M. South Plains College employs 87 Assistant professors, 81 Instructors, and 53 Professors. Most academics at South Plains College are Female Assistant professors (48), Female Instructors(45), and Male Assistant professors (39).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Plains College are: Service, with 68 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 65 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 50 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$25.3M
2020 Endowment
76.2%
growth from 2019

South Plains College has an endowment valued at about $25.3M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of South Plains College grew 76.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20.9M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.1M - Federal
  2. $1.04M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, South Plains College received $2.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.04M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$30.1M
2020 Salaries
0.608%
growth from 2019

In 2020, South Plains College paid a median of $30.1M in salaries, which represents 40.8% of their overall expenditure ($73.8M) and a 0.608% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.23% growth from 2018 and a 0.644% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (43.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14M
Instructional Salaries
259
Number of Employees

In 2020, South Plains College paid a total of $14M to 259 employees working as instructors, which represents 46.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.98M (29.6%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
87 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
68 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Plains College were Assistant professor with 87 employees; Instructor with 81 employees; and Instructor with 53 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Plains College were Service with 68 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 65 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 50 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Plains College was Female Assistant professor with 48 employees, Female Instructor with 45 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 39 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at South Plains College.

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