This week I heard a co-worker utter the phrase "back to school," and I had to look at my smart phone to check the date.  Really?!  We're on the downhill side of the summer already.

If you're a college student, you may be working all summer to build up some funds for tuition this fall cuz it's dang expensive.  We know we're paying a lot, but are Texas schools worth the money?  You might be surprised about the top Texas school for the price.

Yesterday I gave some ammunition to you Aggies that will give you bragging rights over the Longhorns before school starts, and I'm about to do it again.

Yesterday we learned the football facilities at Texas A&M are among the best in the nation, and today we learn that Texas A&M is one of the highest ranking Texas schools on the money list, which highlights the best schools for the amount of tuition paid.

TIME Money broke down the tuition numbers for more than 700 schools across the country, and Texas A&M ranks #13.  It costs about $23,000 per year at A&M without financial aid, and about $16,000 with aid.  Rice (in Houston) ranks 4th in the country on the 2016 Best Value list, and is the highest ranking school in Texas.  UT-Austin ranks 50th. Sorry Longhorn fans.

Princeton is the best school the country in terms of the quality of education for the money.  And grads of Princeton can expect to earn about $62,000 right out of college, which is almost the exact amount those students spend on tuition each year.  Yikes.

So Texas college grads, we may not earn as much money right out of school, but we're also paying less than the cost of a luxury vehicle each year for a good education and probably more fun than any of those higher-ranking schools.  So there's that.  And we have some pretty awesome football programs and our student sections would beat any of those East Coast schools.

"Back-to-school" is right around the corner!  Just a few weeks left to get our bank accounts ready.