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Overview
Founded in 1988, Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is located in a large city with a population of more than 250,000. It is in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX area.
Highlights
Undergraduate program with the highest reported starting salary ($30K): Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
Largest undergraduate program (101): Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
Address
415 Barren Springs Dr
Houston, TX 77090
www.commonwealth.edu
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Accreditation:
good
Institutional Control
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is a private not-for-profit organization.
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Accreditation
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service holds an accreditation from one of the national accreditors. Credits earned from the national accreditors are often not accepted by schools holding the more prestigious regional accreditation, and it's important to verify that your credits will transfer if you are considering an eventual switch to another school.
Accreditation History
American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (Accredited April 13, 1988 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on April 11, 2018.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for December 31, 2024.
Undergraduate Students
Not all students attend their first college full time to completion. While some schools are focused on those that population, many schools focus on transfer and or part time students. What types of of student does this school support.
Full-time first-time students
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Admissions
Open Admissions
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is an open admissions school and accepts any student who applies.
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Admissions Details
Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service lists the following admissions priorities and requirements:
Very Important: class rank
Important: standardized test scores
Considered:
Not Considered: application essay, character/personal qualities, alumni/ae relation, extracurricular activities, work experience, volunteer work, talent/ability, state residency, religious affiliation/commitment, recommendation(s), racial/ethnic status, interview, and geographical residence
A high school diploma or GED is required.
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has an undergraduate application fee of $50. We did not find Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service on the Common Application site. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Freshman application dates
Freshman application dates
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has a rolling admissions policy without deadlines. This school notifies applicants of acceptance as they process applications.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service accepts the following credits:
  • Open admission (school accepts any student who applies)
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
Programs
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service program offerings
What award level are you pursuing?
Associate's Degree
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
A program that generally prepares individuals for careers in the funeral service industry and for licensure as funeral service directors or morticians. Includes instruction in the basic elements of mortuary science and the business, counseling, and operational aspects of funeral service
Note: The name and definition of this program are based on Department of Education CIP code descriptions, which ensures uniform reporting across schools in the US. Please check this school's website for detailed program information and their specific course descriptions._
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Completions in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science by award level
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Associate's Degree
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Recently College Scorecard released data on starting salaries and cumulative federal student debt for each school/program combination with sufficient graduates to allow for privacy concerns with data releases. Shown in the box plots below are data for all schools offering funeral service and mortuary science (which may contain several related fields) by award level. If a value is reported for Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, then that is shown in blue.
Starting Salaries
$30,068$0$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000$50,000Associate's
Cumulative Federal Student Loan Debt
$9,500$0$10,000$20,000$30,000Associate's
What can I do if I study Funeral Service and Mortuary Science?
Below we list the careers that the US Department of Education suggests are best fits for people who studied funeral service and mortuary science. You can get an idea of salary and the level of education you'll need, as well as whether this is a growing or shrinking career field. Sometimes this list of recommended careers doesn't match what people who earned this degree are really doing. Our funeral service and mortuary science program page has much more information about the interplay between study in this field and possible careers. Select any table row to learn more about listed career.
Occupation
Follow these links to learn all about this career!
Salary
Salary distribution for people with this Career
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Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
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Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment over the next 10 years
Costs
Undergraduate costs
Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.
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Cost
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$13,263
$6,887
$3,671
$12,816
$179
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Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend
Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best estimate of what might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.
Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid
The donut, based on 38 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.
89%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes
Let's look over the past few years at what freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the tuition usually paid for other private universities in your context group. Public universities only report net price for in-state students.
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Chart explanation
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Find your net price estimate: www.commonwealth.edu...
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Historic Annual Costs
See how this school's published costs have changed over the years, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.
Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Financial Aid
Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.
  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

Required Forms

FAFSA

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Pell Grants

Private scholarships/grants

Undergraduate Outcomes
Graduation Rate
Approximately 87% of undergraduate students were full-time with about 45% of them attending college for the first time. In the last reporting year, 41% of students, including those who were part-time or transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
41%
Time to complete
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Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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Loan Status
This donut shows the percentage of students who are in good standing (green) in repaying any federal student loans five years after leaving Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.
Status of loans
Currently paying
Suspended (usually for hardship)
In default
Not released due to privacy
Context: Loans with good standing
This is better performance than at least 65% of its context schools, and is evidence that alumni earnings-to-debt ratios are better than for most of the context schools' alumni.
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion
We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.
Full-time first-time students
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Part-time transfer students
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Full-time first-time students
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Percentage with Pell Grants
49%
Years after enrolling.
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Context and trends: Repayment Rate
How much progress do you think you'll be able to make towards paying down your college loans seven years after leaving school? In our research, we discovered that a surprisingly large number of students don't default on their loans, but also aren't making progress in paying down their principal amount. The percentages here count alumni who have decreased their loan amounts by at least $1.
Years after leaving school.
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201320142015201620%40%60%80%100%Former students with decreased loan principal
Chart explanation
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service who have successfully reduced their federal school loans by at least $1 by the date shown, which is 7 years after leaving the school.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the loan repayment rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Context and trends: are the loan default rates as small as possible?
The default rate is the percentage of students who are already delinquent on their loans within three years of leaving the school. If a school has a high default rate, that sends an alarm out that the students' educations are not sufficient to earn enough to repay those loans. Read below for details on the typical loan burden, and keep in mind that a low default rate may be more important than loan amounts in predicting your future success.
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Chart explanation
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service who have defaulted on their federal school loans within 3 years ending on the date shown.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the 3-year loan default rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Loan burden
At Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, 89% of full-time degree-seeking freshmen receive federal student loans, averaging $6,706 each in just the freshman year. We have much more details about the full loan burden students experience in our Cost and Financial Aid Section.
Context: Percentage of freshmen with federal loans
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Context: Average freshman federal loan amount
$6,706$2,000$4,000$6,000$8,000$10,000
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Classroom Experience
Student attention at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
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Full-time and long-term instructors at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has 20% full-time instructors, and 89% of the context schools have a higher percentage of full-time instructors. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students.Within the full-time instructors at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, only 31% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
20%
Long-term instructors
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Housing
No Student Housing Available
This school does not report any housing for students.
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Activities and Services
Special academic opportunities
  • External Degree Program
  • Formal adult program
Undergraduate services offered
  • Academic/career counseling services
  • Employment services for current students
  • Placement services for program completers
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Student Body
Study Types
About 74% of students are full-time. About 78% of students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 0% take some courses online.
Full-time
74%
Online classes
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Context: Student body size
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service enrolled 312 students over the past academic year. The the student body size is smaller than 62% of the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart.
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Undergraduate student race/origin
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service reports that 37% of students are minority, which is more than 99% of the context schools. This school's 0 of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
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Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.
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Context: Percentage of women
With 62% women , Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service ranks near the middle of context schools in its percentage of women students.
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Context: Student race/origin
Here is how Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service compares to the rest of the context group in terms of diversity in the student race and origin.
22%63%14%1%1%1%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderNot ReportedInternationalAsianAmerican IndianMultiracialHispanicBlackWhite
Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Freshman residence
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Student age distribution
The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.
Age range
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School Finances
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
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Chart explanation
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category
We divided revenue and expenses for Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
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Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Other revenue
Investment losses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Other expenses
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The power of a large endowment
Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service's resources by selecting from the buttons below.
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Net Assets
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Context: 2019 net assets per student
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