How are Continuing Education classes different than credit classes?
Continuing Education classes differ in four primary ways:
First, while some classes may have some requirements to fulfill prior to registering, you do not have to apply to the college in order to enroll.
Second, our classes start throughout the year, rather than at set times during a college semester.
Third, our classes are generally fast-track, meaning that they are shorter in length in order to accommodate your schedule and your need for skills you can use immediately.
Finally, you will not receive a grade for the class, but for classes that you successfully complete, you will receive a certificate of completion. For classes geared toward workforce development, you will be awarded Continuing Education Units.
What is a Continuing Education Unit?
A Continuing Education Unit is 10 contact hours of participation in an organized, non-credit continuing education experience. Therefore, one Continuing Education Unit is awarded for every 10 hours of training completed.
Are there any special requirements to register for Continuing Education classes?
While college admission is not required, some Continuing Education classes do have special requirements, and therefore, you must register in person. These classes include the Health Careers classes. However, most classes do not have special requirements. Simply register, make payment and attend class!
When should I register?
Registration for Continuing Education classes begins when classes are published in print or online. Registration continues up until the first day of the class or until the class fills. Early registration is encouraged as some classes fill quickly.
How do I pay for classes?
Payment is due upon registration. If payment is not received within 24 hours after registration, your registration may be purged. Walk-in registrants may pay in person with cash, check or credit card. Those who register by phone may use a credit card. Students who fax or email their registration should include credit card payment information on the form.
Is funding available?
Continuing Education classes do not qualify for federal financial aid. However, TPEG (Texas Public Education Grant) monies are available for some Health Careers programs. To qualify, students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Contact the Continuing Education Office for more information. Look at the schedule for programs that are “Texas Public Education Grant Eligible.”
How am I notified if a class is canceled?
There are two primary ways—by phone and by email. Therefore, it is very important that in filling out your registration form, you list a current phone number and email that you check frequently.
What about a refund for a class that cancels or that I do not attend?
Refund Procedure (effective 9/1/2015): For classes/programs canceled by the college: 100 percent refund. For student drops of individual classes:100 percent if Drop Form is received by Continuing Education two or more business days prior to class start, No refunds thereafter. For student drops of programs requiring multiple course enrollments: 100 percent on all classes if the Drop Form is received two or more business days prior to the start of the first class. After the start of the first class, no refund on the first class; 75 percent refund on any remaining classes in the program, provided the Drop Form is received on or before the third meeting day of the first class.
What if there is inclement weather?
In the event of inclement weather, visit the Hill College website at www.hillcollege.edu for closure information.
What about parking?
See Continuing Education about a parking permit.
Is there a senior citizen discount?
Texas residents age 65 or older are exempt from tuition for Continuing Education classes provided the request is made in person prior to the start of class. Students will be responsible for any required books, materials or applicable lab fees. This discount is allowed on a space-available basis in classes that make with paying students.