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Other Financial Aid Sites
Priority deadline for Fall is April 1.  Priority deadline for Spring is November 1.

  •   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 PIN in order to sign in.

      In addition, the studentloans.gov 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 loans.)

  •   Net Price Calculator - An excellent financial aid calculator published by the
      College For All Texans web site. 

  •   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 funds.


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.

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 www.IBRinfo.org.