US Flight School Receives Approval as Title IV Eligible Institution

12th Oct 2022

Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA) announced that it has achieved the status of a Title IV eligible school. Fewer than 1% of flight schools in the U.S. hold Title IV status.

This is the culmination of two years of hard work in demonstrating the quality of their training through an application process with the U.S. Department of Education. HAA was able to show that they have the strong academic focus, student record-keeping, and career placement for our graduates that Title IV schools demonstrate.

“This achievement truly reflects the career-focused training we’ve provided for more than four decades,” said CEO Natalia Cimpean. “All of our instructors and staff take pride in this designation, but we’re most excited about the benefits it can bring to our students.”

The announcement caps a two-year process of preparation and documentation. Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA) was qualified to apply under its accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The school then applied for and received licensure under the state of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). To receive Title IV status with the U.S. Department of Education, the school was required to document its academic progress policy, its graduation and withdrawal rates, its program administration and record-keeping, in addition to many other aspects of its administrative and academic excellence.

What does Title IV mean for HAA’s students? There are a range of benefits, from the ability to use college savings plans to loan deferments to new student loan options.

A Higher Standard

When you see that a school has Title IV status, you can feel confident in the quality of education and training that the school provides. Why? Because in order to earn Title IV status, the school must demonstrate its commitment to student success as well as its track record of career placement for its graduates. HAA maintains strong academic policies that help to ensure students stay on pace in their training and are prepared to start a professional career as a commercial pilot.

Financial Benefits

HAA’s Title IV status has many direct benefits for domestic students to make flight training more financially accessible. These include:

  • Eligibility for college savings plans, known as 529 Plans, to cover the cost of training.
  • Deferment of some federal student loans from past schooling during your training.
  • Potential tax deductions

More Lending Options

HAA’s Title IV status is also important to private lenders, because it demonstrates that their students show the academic progress and career outcomes that lenders care about. HAA has worked hard to expand the private lending options available to their students, and they are proud to partner with two lending institutions, Meritize and College Ave, to provide loan options to qualifying students.

Source: Hillsboro Aero Academy
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