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Hill College HVAC Program Approved By Accrediting Agency

07.07.16

Students enrolling in Hill College’s new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program for the fall semester are now eligible to apply for federal financial aid, following approval by the U.S. Department of Education.

This means that students in the program can apply for the Federal Pell Grant and the William D. Ford Direct Loan by completing the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov . More than one-third of Hill College students currently receive federal aid.

The HVAC program, which has been under development for three years, has now received all necessary approvals to be operational at the level of all other Hill College technical programs. Previous approvals came from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, and from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which is the government agency which coordinates the Texas higher education system.

Meanwhile, the college continues to equip its three HVAC labs at the Cleburne Technical Center, located in downtown Cleburne, in preparation for the Aug. 22 beginning of the fall 2016 semester. The labs, totaling some 9,000 square feet, are being furnished with state-of-the-art equipment in collaboration with industry leader Trane. The labs are designed to teach residential, commercial and controls skills.

“We are grateful that this approval came in plenty of time for our students to take advantage of financial aid for the fall,” Hill College President Dr. Pam Boehm said. “While Hill College already offers an affordable education in the technical fields, this will increase opportunities for those students who need financial assistance and allow us to serve a greater number of students.”

The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program is the largest federal student loan program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is the lender and students are not required to start repaying until six months after graduation. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded to undergraduate students who have established need and who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.

Hill College’s HVAC program offers four levels of training, from a fast-track certificate of completion to an associate of applied science degree, which combines technical, professional and academic training. Students who begin this fall and attend full-time could have a certificate in as little as one semester. Full-time students can earn a degree in two years.

Individuals interested in learning more about financial aid at Hill College may call 254-659-7600. They may also log on to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ for more information on federal student aid programs.

Registration is currently underway for the fall semester. Those interested in enrolling in Hill College’s HVAC program should contact program coordinator Allen Dillman at adillman@hillcollege.edu.