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Fire Science Exemption
Fire Science Exemption Program


Program Purpose

To encourage persons employed as fire fighters or active members of volunteer fire departments to take college courses designed to help them in their work.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Are employed as a paid fire fighter by a political subdivision of the State of Texas or active members of volunteer fire departments who hold an accredited advanced certification (or the equivalent), under the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association of Texas volunteer certification program, OR a Phase V (Firefighter II) certification (or the equivalent) under the Texas Commission of Fire Protection's voluntary certification program under Section 419.071, Govt. Code.

  • Are enrolled in courses offered as part of a Fire Science Curriculum. At Collin College, the approved degree programs consist of the following:

                        Basic Firefighter Certificate

                        Fire Officer Certificate

                        EMS Paramedic Certificate

                        AAS - Emergency Medical Services Professions

                        AAS - Basic Firefighter Certification

                        AAS - Fire Officer Certification
           

  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs).

  • To receive a continuation award, the student must meet the institution's financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements. Specifically, students must maintain a financial aid GPA of at least a 2.0 to remain eligible.  (Financial aid GPA includes grades for developmental courses). 

    In addition, students cannot have a maximum number of attempted hours in excess of 30 hours over and above the published program length.

    For example, a student is enrolled in the AAS Fire Officer Certification. This program requires 62 hours to complete. The student would be allowed up to 92 hours to complete the program.  Students' prior credit, both internal (from Collin) and external (from other institutions) must be evaluated to see what credits can be applied towards the degree. These credits are counted in the total number of eligible credits allowed the student.

    Note:  SAP is run at the end of EACH semester.

  • NEW! In order to evaluate prior credit, each fire science student must submit a degree request form and have degree/credits evaluated.

    Please realize that all transcripts from prior schools MUST be submitted to the college before a degree evaluation can be performed.

    If you have not yet submitted a degree request form for the FALL 2014 semester, even if you have used the Fire Science Exemption at Collin previously, please do so immediately.  Click here for the degree request form.

           

Award Amount

Tuition and laboratory fees for courses offered as part of a fire science curriculum. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.


Application Process

Each semester, provide the financial aid office proof of employment as either a paid fire fighter or an active member of a volunteer fire department, and enroll in the courses of a Fire Science Curriculum. The letters MUST always have a current date, and cannot be just copies of older letters.
 

* Certification letters for volunteer firefighters only needs to be submitted once.  However, proof of employment for both paid firefighters and volunteer firefighters must be submitted each semester in which the student wishes to receive the exemption.


Important: Please realize that each subsequent semester, your exemption may be posted prior to SAP running for that semester. If, upon the SAP program running, you are NOT meeting the SAP requirements,

the exemption will be removed from your account and you will be responsible for paying your tution and fees

out-of-pocket.

 

This may also apply to the first semester you have a degree evaluation completed. If we post the exemption and then  your degree evaluation is completed showing you have attempted in excess of 30 hours over and above the published program hours, the exemption will be removed from your account and you will be responsible for paying your tution and fees out-of-pocket.

 

 

Additional Information


  • To read more about this program check out:

                        The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or

                        Texas Education Code - 54.208