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2021 Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

224 Colleges
$5,785 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$30,328 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration School for You

In 2018-2019, 19,885 people earned a degree or certificate in heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States.

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 224 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for HVACR students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for HVACR majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in HVACR

Our analysis found Southeast Community College Area to be the best value school for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Community College are $3,096 a year.

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#2

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
$5,248 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Hennepin Technical College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools list. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Hennepin Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,248 in tuition and fees each year.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a great value for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. M State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Fergus Falls.

M State undergraduate students pay an average of $5,560 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, M State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list.

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$5,545 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Minneapolis Community and Technical College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools list. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are $5,545 a year.

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$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Western Iowa Tech Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools list. Western Iowa Tech Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Sioux City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Western Iowa Tech Community College are $4,392 a year.

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With a ranking of #6, North Dakota State College of Science did quite well on this year’s best value schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Located in the distant town of Wahpeton, North Dakota State College of Science is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Dakota State College of Science are $6,222 a year.

North Dakota State College of Science also claimed a spot on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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$4,860 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Northeast is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Norfolk.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northeast are $4,860 per year.

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#8

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools ranking. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Technical Institute are $6,448 a year.

Southeast Technical Institute excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list.

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St Cloud Technical and Community College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. St Cloud Technical and Community College is a small public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

St Cloud Technical and Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,538 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, St Cloud Technical and Community College also did well on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

Century College - White Bear Lake came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools ranking. Century College - White Bear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of White Bear Lake.

Century College - White Bear Lake undergraduate students pay an average of $5,578 in tuition and fees each year.

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#11

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
$4,500 Average Tuition & Fees

Central Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools ranking. Central Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Grand Island.

Central Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,500 in tuition and fees each year.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CVTC are $6,481 a year.

CVTC also claimed a spot on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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North Central Kansas Technical College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools ranking. North Central Kansas Technical College is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of Beloit.

North Central Kansas Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,398 in tuition and fees each year.

North Central Kansas Technical College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list.

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$5,716 Average Tuition & Fees

Northland Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #14 on the list. Northland Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the remote town of Thief River Falls.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northland Community and Technical College are $5,716 per year.

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Dakota County Technical College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DCTC are $5,864 a year.

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#16

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA
$4,807 Average Tuition & Fees

Bellingham Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the small city of Bellingham, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute are $4,807 per year.

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$5,040 Average Tuition & Fees

San Jacinto Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at San Jacinto College are $5,040 a year.

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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a small public school located in the small city of Lancaster.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are $8,250 a year.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list.

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#19

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
$5,564 Average Tuition & Fees

Lone Star College System ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools list. North Harris Montgomery is a fairly large public school located in the small city of The Woodlands.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Harris Montgomery are $5,564 per year.

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#20

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

Western Technical College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools list. Located in the city of La Crosse, Western Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Western Technical College are $6,488 a year.

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$5,588 Average Tuition & Fees

Georgia Piedmont Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #21 on the list. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Clarkston.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,588 in tuition and fees each year.

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Washburn Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Topeka, Washburn Tech is a public school with a small student population.

Washburn Tech undergraduate students pay an average of $7,824 in tuition and fees each year.

Washburn Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#23

South Plains College

Levelland, TX
$4,088 Average Tuition & Fees

South Plains College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the town of Levelland, South Plains College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at South Plains College are $4,088 a year.

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Mohawk Valley Community College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the small city of Utica, MVCC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

MVCC undergraduate students pay an average of $7,798 in tuition and fees each year.

MVCC also claimed a spot on our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$7,733 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #25, Wichita Area Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Located in the rural area of Wichita, Wichita Area Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Wichita Area Technical College are $7,733 a year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools

#26

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#33

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville, IL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools award.

Rank College Location
34 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
35 Interactive College of Technology - Chamblee Chamblee, GA
36 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
37 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
37 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
39 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
40 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
41 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
42 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK
43 Honolulu Community College Honolulu, HI
44 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
44 Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence, SC

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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HVACR Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 19,885

Related Major Annual Graduates
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 65,998
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,325
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,889
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,816
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,017

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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