Diploma mill definition – An entity that:
1. Charges someone a fee and requires him to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain a degree, diploma, or certificate that may be used to represent to the general public that he has completed a program of secondary or postsecondary education or training; and 2. Lacks accreditation by an agency or association that is recognized as an accrediting body for institutions of higher education by the Secretary (pursuant to Part H, Subpart 2 of Title IV) or a federal agency, state government, or other organization that recognizes accrediting agencies or associations.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 The school complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is wheelchair accessible. If enrolled under training with a government agency, institution district, and/or other entity, students must meet the admission requirements set out in the training agreement and/or applicable state licensing or certifications requirements.
Policy Granting Credit (only applies to 180-hour courses) Houston School of Carpentry will collect information provided by a prospective student to provide a record by which previous education and training may be evaluated and credit given to the student and to provide a record of such credit and reduction of program length/cost as required by the law.
Policy on Transferring/Earning Credits Coursework and/or credit from this school may not be transferable to other institutions of education and acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution. HSOC does not accept the transfer of credits from other institutions, and transferable credits will not be earned by completing HSOC programs.
Policy on Transferring Between Programs within the Institution Programs offered at Houston School of Carpentry are self-contained. Students do not transfer from other institutions, nor do they transfer between programs within Houston School of Carpentry.
Non-Title IV, HEA Eligible programs:
The following courses are not eligible for Title IV or HEA. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions directly at (713) 225-1955.
-180-hour HVAC Technician course (daytime and evening classes)
-180-hour Electrical Technician course (daytime and evening classes)
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING INSTITUTIONAL OR FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Disclosure Requirement: Made available through appropriate publications, mailings, or electronic media
HEA Sec 485(a) (1)-(2), 20 U.S.C. 1092 (a) (1)-(2). Not changed by HEOA 34 C.F.R. 668.41 (a) – (d); 668.43 revised August 21, 2009 NPRM (revised 34 CFR 668, 43 added 34 CFR 668.231)
Each institution must make available to prospective and enrolled students information regarding how and where to contact individuals designated to assist enrolled or prospective students in obtaining the institutional or financial aid information required to be disclosed under HEA Sec. 485(a). This information is posted on Houston School of Carpentry’s website and can be found in the student catalog. Paper copies are available upon request.
Institutional Contact Information
Name: Elvia Martinez
Office Hours: 9am to 5pm
Phone Number: 713-225-1955
Work Cell: 713-253-2293
All programs of study at Houston School of Carpentry are approved by the Texas Veterans Commission for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Section 3676, Chapters 30 or 32, Title 38. The determination for TVC funds are made directly through the Texas Veteran’s Commission. Additional funding may be obtained for eligible candidates through many different programs including; Texas Workforce Commission, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and Private Scholarship funds. The determinations for these funds are made through the respective organizations.
A student is considered to be incarcerated if she/he is serving a criminal sentence in a federal, state, or local penitentiary, prison, jail, reformatory, work farm, or similar correctional institution (whether it is operated by the government or a contractor). A student is not considered to be incarcerated if she/he is in a halfway house or home detention or is sentenced to serve only weekends. Our attendance policy specifies that all classes and practical studies are done at the school’s physical location; therefore, incarcerated students are not eligible for admissions.
* A Federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. The student self-certifies in applying for aid that he/she is eligible for by using the FAFSA. Houston School of Carpentry is not required to confirm this unless there is evidence of conflicting information.
* The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for the sale of drugs includes a conviction for conspiring to sell drugs)
Possession of illegal drugs Sale of illegal drug
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ Offense Indefinite period
* If a student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different the student will be ineligible for the longer period.
* A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug conviction will make him/her ineligible again.
* When a student regains eligibility during the award year, the institute may award Pell and/or Loan for the current payment period.
* A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
* Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state or local government program.
* Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
* Be administered or recognized by federal, state or local government agency or court.
* Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.
The school complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is wheelchair accessible. The school will provide reasonable modifications and/or accommodations for students with disabilities depending on the student’s need.
If you are interested in attending Houston School of Carpentry but are in need of accommodations, you should schedule an appointment with the Director. At this meeting, we will discuss the nature of the reported disability and its impact on learning. We will also discuss the process of receiving reasonable accommodations at Houston School of Carpentry and the types of accommodations available.
Please bring copies of current documentation of a disability to this meeting.
Documentation must be provided by a medical expert within the last three years and include:
* A diagnosis of the disability; how the diagnosis was determined (what tests were given and the results); and
* A clinical summary, which includes an assessment of how the disability will impact the individual in a college environment and what accommodations are recommended.
Note: In order to be eligible for Title IV, HEA funding, you must be able to benefit from the reasonable accommodations and be able to take the state board-licensing exam.
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation’s history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.
HSOC will celebrate Constitution Day on September 17 of every year to honor our forefathers. We will celebrate with our students and staff with a presentation and acknowledgement of this special day.
Current Students: This is a reminder that online classes
start tomorrow Thursday from 9am-2pm.
If you have not received an email or text notification
or need help logging on, call the main office at
713-225-1955 so we can assist you.
Visitors: We advise you to call the office for any questions.
Updated: 3/25/20 10pm.