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Other Financial Aid Sites


Priority deadline for Fall is April 1.  Priority deadline for Spring is November 1.

  •   Net Price Calculator - An excellent financial aid calculator published by the
      Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

  •   Direct Lending Loan web site  - Once you have accepted a student loan on Cougar Web, the
      system will create an electronic loan application. The loan
    application will then be transmitted
      electronically to the Direct Lending platform.
    Once there, you will be notified via e-mail to log in
      to the site and complete the
    loan application including signing your master promissory note. 

      You will need your FAFSA ID in order to sign in.

      In addition, this web site can provide answers regarding types of student loans, interest rates,
      repayment responsibilities, entrance counseling, exit
    counseling, consolidation, loan services and
      rights and responsibilities as a student
    and of the school.

  •   Entrance and Exit Counseling - All first time loan borrowers at Collin are required to complete
      entrance loan counseling.  All students who fall below half time and/or
    leave Collin are required to
      complete exit loan counseling.

      (All students receiving Stafford loans MUST be attending at least half time to be eligible for the

  •   Education Tax Credits - IRS Publication 970.   Tax Benefits for Education

  •   Selective Service - Men aged 18-25 are required to register with Selective Service.  Students who
      are required to register with the Selective Service must do so to be
    eligible for Federal Student Aid

  •   National Student Loan Data System - All loans; subsidized, unsubsidized and parent PLUS loans
      awarded through Collin College will be submitted to the
    National Student Loan Data System 
      (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guaranty
    agencies, lenders and schools determined to be
      authorized users of the data system.

  •   The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - also known as THECB.  THECB's web site
      contains a wealth of information about higher education in the
    State of Texas, including sources of
      financial aid such as exemptions and waivers.
    Check out that part of their web site at College For
      All Texans. Click on "Apply for
    Financial Aid" in the menu bar on the left, then "Types of Financial
      Aid" on the right.

  •   Federal Student Aid Information - (800) 433-7327

  •   Federal Student Aid Ombudsman - (877) 557-2575

  •   Direct Loan Servicing - (800) 848-0979

  •   Direct Loan Consolidation - (800) 557-7392

  •  COD School Relations - Applicant Services - (800) 557-7394

Beyond High School

View the power point presentation here for information about the various types of financial aid and how to get started.

This is the same basic presentation we use at all Financial Aid presentations during the year.


Click here to see a video that explains how to navigate the FAFSA. Especially designed to assist parents with the process.

Other Important Information

Income-Based Loan Repayment program or IBR

    On July 1, 2009, a major new student loan repayment option will become available for the
    first time. Income-Based Repayment (IBR) caps monthly federal loan payments at an  
   affordable level based on your income and family size, and forgives any debt and interest
    that  remains after 25 years.  If you owe more on your federal student loans than you earn
    in a year, you can probably benefit from IBR.  The lower your income, the lower your
    monthly  payment will be: in some cases, as low as $0.  IBR is available for almost all
    federal loans - past, present, or future - made by any lender, whether for college or
    graduate school.

    For more information, including a simple calculator to estimate monthly payments,
    please  visit

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