Admission Process


Steps to apply for admission:

  1. Complete an Application for Admission on the CIFS website and electronically submit the $50.00 application fee.  The application fee is valid for one (1) year from the date of application.  A new fee is required for all subsequent applications after one year AND when applying for a different program.
  2. Mail an official, sealed copy of your final high school transcript directly to CIFS.  If you have a GED certificate, then contact your state education agency and request that the certificate and certificate transcript be mailed directly to CIFS.
  3. Mail an official, sealed transcript from EACH university, college, or vocational/technical school that you attended directly to CIFS.  This is required regardless of the credit earned, degree path, or transferability.
    • Digital transcripts from E-Script and/or Parchment are acceptable.
    • Official digital transcripts should be sent to: [email protected]
  4. (For AAS Degree ONLY) If you plan to receive benefits from the Veteran’s Administration, then you must also submit a certified copy of your DD‑214, official military transcripts, a Letter of Eligibility, and any other documents that are requested by the school certifying official (SCO).  Please contact CIFS prior to applying for VA benefits. 


After CIFS has received the completed application, fee, and all other required supporting documents, the CIFS Admissions Counselor will review the application and notify the applicant of the next step(s) necessary in the application process.


Applicants are encouraged to complete all preparations for enrollment early.  The following is the recommended timetable.

  • Six Months Prior to Enrollment: Complete an application for admissions, submit the required fee, and submit all official transcripts.
  • Five Months Prior to Enrollment: Send the Institute any loan forms, V.A. forms, etc. for certification of acceptance.  If you are planning to receive Financial Aid you need to complete the FAFSA online at Only students enrolling into the Associate of Applied Science Degree program may be eligible to receive Title IV funding.
  • Four Months Prior to Enrollment: Confirm with the admissions department that all of the requirements have been met or submit any missing documents.
  • Three Months Prior to Enrollment: Complete any of the above that has not been accomplished.  If applicable and desired, begin the HBV vaccination series.
  • Two Month Prior to Enrollment:  Upon acceptance, CIFS will forward orientation and registration information to you.  At this point, you should confirm any arrangements/information not yet finalized.

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Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service

415 Barren Springs Drive
Houston, Texas 77090

Office Telephone: (281) 873-0262
Toll Free: (800) 628-1580
Fax: (281) 873-5232
Email: [email protected]

Campus Hours

Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Lecture Classes
Mon-Thu 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Mon-Thu 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Mon-Thu 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Mon-Thu 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Mon-Thu 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Embalming Labs
Mon-Thu 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Fri – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The dates and times of laboratory sessions are scheduled at the beginning of each quarter.

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