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TA & MyCAA

Military Tuition Assistance and My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarhips for Spouses of Active Duty Military

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The Military Side of the Process 

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component officers, warrant officers, and enlisted service members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process’ and restrictions. Some of the rules, however, apply to all the services and include:

  • Courses and degree programs may be academic or technical and can be taken from two- or four-year institutions on-installation, off-installation or by distance learning.
  • An accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education must accredit the institution.
  • Your service branch pays your tuition directly to the school.
  • Service members need to first check with an education counselor for the specifics involving TA by visiting their local installation education office or by going online to a virtual education center.

Additionally, the “Top-up” program allows funds from the Montgomery GI Bill — Active Duty or the Post-9/11 GI Bill – to be used concurrently for tuition and fees for high-cost courses that are not fully covered by TA funds.

However, Reservists and National Guard members cannot use TA concurrently with their educational benefits, a.k.a. Chapter 1606.

Tuition Assistance is actually a unique and distinct form of financial aid available to eligible Service members and is considered by the institution to be a “first payer”.

First payer means that for DoD TA recipients who qualify for Pell Grants through ED’s student aid program, their TA benefits will be applied to their educational institution’s account prior to the application of their Pell Grant funds to their account. Unlike TA funds, which are tuition-restricted, Pell Grant funds are not tuition-restricted and may be applied to other allowable charges on the student’s account.

This “first payer” process essentially ensures that TA recipients don’t lose out on any of their eligible benefit monies.

TA Benefits and Restrictions: Tuition assistance will cover the following expenses:

  • Tuition
  • Course-specific fees such as laboratory fee or online course fee
  • NOTE: All fees must directly relate to the specific course enrollment of the service member. There are often fees charged by the institution that are not covered by TA. In these cases, the service member must pay for these fees out-of-pocket.

Tuition assistance will not cover the following expenses:

  • Books and course materials
  • Flight training fees
  • Taking the same course twice
  • Continuing education units, or CEUs

Keep in mind that TA will not fund your college courses, and you will have to reimburse any funds already paid, if any of the following situations occur:

  • Leaving the service before the course ends
  • Quitting the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer or mission requirements
  • Failing the course

Application Process: As stated previously, each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures.  To find out how to get started, visit your local installation education center, go online to a virtual education center, or click on the following links for each service branch:

In addition to the regular service branches, if you’re a Service member with the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG), or the Texas State Guard (TXSG), you may be eligible for State Tuition Assistance.  If eligible, the state TA can be used concurrently with federal TA if the cost of your courses exceeds the amount federal TA will cover.  However, all TA combined can never exceed 100% of the institution’s tuition and covered fees.

To learn more about applying for State of Texas Military TA, click here.

For more information on military spouse benefits through MyCAA, click here.

To go to the MyCAA website, click here.

Choosing the Right College 

Haven’t decided which college you’re going to attend?  Fortunately, there’s a variety of tools available that allow you to view comprehensive information about a particular school, perform side-by-side comparisons of selected schools, and even find information about paying for college. 

Following is a brief description with links to some of these tools.

    • The College Navigator: Operated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States - such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation.  This tool also allows side-by-side comparisons of chosen institutions.
    • The College Scorecard: Operated by the Department of Education, this tool also allows prospective students to find schools based on their field of study, costs, location, degree level and more. Additionally, the scorecard allows you to compare up to 10 colleges or 10 fields of study.
    • Paying for College: Operated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of the U.S. Government, this website provides information about “the ins and outs of student financial aid and repaying loans to help you make smarter decisions about how to pay for school.”  The webpage also displays links directly to the FAFSA, the College Scorecard, and the GI Bill comparison tool.
    •  Net Price Calculator:  A *net price calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

      *Net price is the amount that a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants the student receives.

      Every college's net price calculator is different, but families should expect to provide basic personal information as well as a student's dependency status and each parent's adjusted gross income and assets.

    • The College Financing Plan, formerly called the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, is another wonderful tool institutions use to notify students about their financial aid package. It is a standardized form that is designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.
      One of the great features of the College Financing Plan is that it is customized to the individual student; providing specific information about their financial aid package by type and amount of award, cost of attendance, Expected Family Contribution (from the FAFSA results), and school contact details. It even provides the student a Net Price; the amount the student will be required to pay.

      Unfortunately, in order to provide this type of specific information to the student, the student would have to be admitted to the school and have applied for (and been awarded) financial aid via the FAFSA.   Therefore, this information simply cannot be provided before the student performs, at a minimum, those two steps.

      If you have completed those steps, log into your CougarWeb, go to the Student Quick Links section, click on My Financial Aid, click on Federal Shopping Sheet and select the appropriate aid year.

The Institution Side of the Process 

Collin College Point of Contact: Before we get into the actual processes and procedures, we’d like to introduce you to the people who will be your primary points of contact at Collin College. 

Our Veteran Resource Specialists are versed in all areas of veteran and military education benefits (as well as in many other areas such as Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Disability Services, etc.) and can be found in the Veteran Resource Centers on five of our campuses.  Please feel free to contact them for assistance, and whenever you’re on campus, stop by and meet them and tour the VRC. 

Plano Campus                                                                     McKinney Campus
D-200/D-201                                                                       B122 C&D
Veterans Services Spec: Caleb Martin                                 Veterans Services Spec: Jason Elliston
CMMartin@COLLIN.EDU                                                    JCElliston@COLLIN.EDU
(972) 881-5774                                                                   (972) 548 -6767

Frisco Campus                                                                    Technical Campus
F141                                                                                   A150
Veterans Services Spec: Kelly Park                                     Veterans Services Spec: Joshua Jones
DKPark@COLLIN.EDU                                                       JoshuaJones@COLLIN.EDU
(972) 377-1020                                                                  (972) 553-1186

Wylie Campus                                                                    Or email:
Campus Commons Room 214                                            vrc@collin.edu
Veterans Services Spec: Mark Martinez
MarkMartinez@COLLIN.EDU
(972) 378-8291

Note: If our VRC staff cannot answer your specific question or assist with a particular matter, they will either find the information or refer you to the appropriate person.

Admission to the College: Service members should apply for admission to the school before they apply for their TA benefits (but not before they speak with their education counselor).  This allows staff to better assist the Service member with certain tasks such as evaluating prior credit (which the Service member will need to submit to their Service during the TA application process) as well as with answering specific questions.

The link to the Collin College admissions application can be found here.

*However, please note that the Service member MUST receive approval from an Educational Service Officer (ESO) or counselor within the Military Service PRIOR to enrolling in any courses at Collin College.

Degree Evaluation: Once admitted, the Service member will need to submit official transcripts from all prior colleges and universities as well as their DD214 (when applicable) and Joint Services Transcript (JST) to the Admissions department.   When all transcripts have been received, a degree evaluator within the Registrar’s Office will evaluate the credit and determine what courses can be transferred to Collin College.

This is a federal regulation and must be done before the Service member will be granted TA by their Service branch.  Collin College transfer policies are outlined in the current catalog as well as on the website here.  

For all MyCAA spouses, please contact Associate Registrar Debbie Dunn to have your prior credit evaluated.  Debbie’s email is:  DDunn@collin.edu

For all Military Service members, please contact one of the Registrar’s Veterans Transition Specialists to assist you with this process.  The Veterans Transition Specialists names and contact information can be found below. Office hours are posted on their door.

  • Shayne Brown - Email Shayne at esbrown@collin.edu
                              (972) 578-5570
                              Plano Campus = Room G-122
  • Quandrel Stephens - Email Quandrel at qstephens@collin.edu
                                      (469) 365-1933
                                      Frisco Campus = Room F126 A
  • Adela "Del" Valdez - Email Del at abvaldez@collin.edu                                 
                                     (214) 491-6252
                                     McKinney = Room D-201

If a Service member changes their degree program (with their Service’s approval), a new degree evaluation will need to be completed to determine if there is any applicable credit from prior programs.

Submission of TA Authorization Form: Once the Service member receives their authorization form from their branch of Service, they must submit a copy to one of the two cashiers who process TA.  Their names and contact information are as follows:

  • Allison Leake – Email Allison at aleake@collin.edu
                                Frisco Campus Cashier’s Office Room F-110
  • Pam Fair – Email Pam at pfair@collin.edu
                        Frisco Campus Cashier’s Office Room F-110

Financial Aid: Service members are entitled to all forms of financial aid and we encourage TA recipients to apply for financial aid.  Since TA can be used concurrently with financial aid, this could be very helpful to a student whose TA doesn’t cover all the tuition costs of their courses or to help cover other costs, such as books and supplies.

To apply for financial aid, go to: www.fafsa.gov. This application allows us to determine eligibility for both state and federal financial aid.  You’ll need Collin College’s school code so that the Department of Education knows where to send the results. 

The Collin College school code is: 016792

Be sure to follow up with us after filling out the application. The FAFSA is the first step; not the only step in applying for financial aid. There may be additional actions to perform at the school in order to finalize your aid.

Service members may be eligible for grants (free money) such as PELL or SEOG, Federal or State Work Study (you earn a wage for hours worked on campus), as well as low-interest federal student loans (loans must be paid back).  For more information on how financial aid is awarded as well as the specific types of aid, click here.

Our philosophy at Collin College is that students are strongly encouraged not to take out student loans unless it’s absolutely necessary. However, if you are awarded federal student loans, know that you have the ability to refuse all loans or borrow less than the maximum student loan amount.

Please realize that private loans will never be offered to a Service member without first exploring all options for federal and state financial aid. Private student loans are often more expensive than federal student loans. The Department of Education offers resources to help explain the differences between federal and private loans.

The following information on student loans is provided so that potential students can make the best possible choices.

  • Collin College has a Cohort Default Rate of 15.1% compared to the national rate of 10.1%
  • Approximately 14% of our students borrow federal student loans
  • To view specific Loan Repayment Rate data for Collin College, go to the College Scorecard, enter “Collin County Community College District” in the search bar. When the college’s information displays, click “View More Details” at the bottom of the box. On the next screen, scroll down and click on “Financial Aid & Debt”. You can now view the Loan Repayment Rate data on this screen.

Service members should speak to one of our financial aid advisors if they have any questions or want more information about their financial aid.

Scholarships: TA recipients are also encouraged to apply for a Collin College scholarship. Our scholarship program is administered by the Collin College Foundation and the application is housed on their website here.  

Scholarships are available for the Fall and Spring semesters, but not Summer.  To be eligible, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Academic Screening & Competency Testing: Unless exempt, all students must take the TSI test before enrolling in classes.  The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) program is designed to determine if a student is ready for college-level work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics.  For more information and to see if you are eligible for an exemption, go to the TSI page here.

Selecting and Enrolling in Classes: After a Service member receives their TA authorization document from their Service and delivers it to the appropriate cashier (see contact information above), they can register for classes. 

To ensure that Service members are choosing classes on their degree plan, they can view the entire degree with classes arranged in a semester-by-semester format in the student catalog found here.

TA recipients can also log into their CougarWeb and click on “Cougar Compass” in the Student Quick Links section. They will then enter their chosen degree and catalog year.

Cougar Compass will display the Service member’s program of study listing all required classes, electives and any residency (hours in residence at Collin College) requirement. In addition, they will see their transfer credit and how it is credited to their current program.  Students can also track classes that are completed and in progress as well as view allowable choices when a particular class has more than one option.  They can also see how many hours/classes remain uncompleted on their degree plan and view their GPA.

We do suggest that Service members meet with an Academic Advisor before registering for classes to double check that the coursework they’ve chosen is on their degree plan and that they have any appropriate prerequisites where applicable, etc.

When they’re ready, Service members will go to the registration page. This page offers some guidance as well as quick video tutorial to assist first-time users. The Service member will then log into CougarWeb and choose and register for their classes.

Note: Students are never automatically enrolled in courses at Collin College. Students are always responsible for enrolling in courses and must grant permission to be enrolled in a program or course on the rare occasion that might be necessary.

Similarly, Collin College does not engage in automatic program renewals nor does it bundle enrollments for students.  The e-Schedule (schedule of classes) for the next semester is posted online approximately 2 ½ – 3 ½ months prior to that semester’s start date. Students are able to view and register for classes at that time through the first week of classes.

Lastly, for programs requiring approval by an accrediting agency, Collin College always obtains approval prior to allowing any student, including Service members, to enroll in the program.

Collin College add/drop and withdrawal policies are outlined in the current student catalog.  There is also information on the website here and here.

TA recipients need to remember that if they withdraw from a course before the end of the semester for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer or mission requirements, and their Service has already sent payment to the school, the Service member may have to reimburse their Service.

Called to Active Duty: For Service members who are called to military duty unexpectedly (such as for unanticipated deployments or mobilizations, activation, and temporary duty assignments), you should provide a copy of your orders to your professors as soon as you become aware of the assignment. 

In addition, you should provide a copy to one of the Veterans Transition Specialists located in the Registrar’s Office. The VTS contact names and numbers can be found earlier on this webpage.

To see the full text of the college’s procedures for these events, click here

Readmissions: All service members are eligible to be readmitted into a program if they are temporarily unable to attend class or have to suspend their studies due to service requirements. Service members will have their academic status restored to the same level as it was when they left school for the service requirement.

Note about Class/Program availability: Whenever a decision is made by the college to discontinue a program, courses are still guaranteed to be available for students currently in the program for 5 years following the discontinuation.  If the State informs us that we must discontinue a program, the courses are still guaranteed to be available to students already in the program for 3 years. 

Once a program is slated for discontinuation, no new students will be allowed into the program, and coursework would not be guaranteed to anyone not already in the program.

When programs are discontinued, an email is sent to students officially enrolled in that program to inform them of the discontinuation and that their coursework will continue to be available for 3 or 5 years (depending on the conditions described above).  Students are encouraged to work towards completion within the remaining time frame to ensure the particular degree credential is achieved.

Costs 

Cost of Attendance: An institution’s cost of attendance (COA) for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. The specific types of costs (called components) that must be included in a school’s COA are determined by federal law.  However, each institution must determine the appropriate and reasonable amounts to include for each eligible COA category for students at that school, based on criteria provided by the Department of Education.

To read more about factors that could affect a student’s cost of attendance at Collin College as well as a brief explanation of each of the components, click here.

The college’s Cost of Attendance chart for the current year can be found here.

General rules: Collin College charges all Service members (Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard) the same tuition rate without regard to their Service component.

Tuition charged to Service members never exceeds the amount charged to non-military students.

Tuition rates at Collin College only vary with the student’s residency status (I.e., in-county, out-of-county, out-of-state/country) and enrollment status (I.e., full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, or less-than-half-time).

Collin College does not charge different tuition rates for different programs.  All students are charged tuition based on the published rates and tuition is only affected by the student’s residency and enrollment status as described above.

However, specific programs at the college may have additional costs associated with their program, such as special class or lab fees, equipment, tools, uniforms, immunizations, background checks, and insurance costs to name a few.

To see if a particular course has a class or lab fee associated with it, click here.

To see if the program you are interested in has additional costs associated with it, visit that program’s webpage on collin.edu (type the name of your program/major in the search box), or click here for a list of departments with links to their websites.

You can also contact the program leads for each program. That list can be found here.

Tuition and Fees Rates: Collin College is committed to providing students with high quality, affordable educational opportunities. Financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans may also be available to make paying for college affordable. 

Undergraduate (Credit) course tuition assessment is based on residency and the number of enrolled credit hours.

Note: Some repeat course registration, excess developmental hours and select special courses not eligible for state funding are subject to an additional $50 per hour tuition charge.

The chart below provides the course tuition and fee rates by residency classification. If the charges on your student account are higher than you expect based on your county of residence and enrollment hours, verify your residency classification status with the Office of Student and Enrollment Services (Admissions).

To view the tuition rates for each residency category, click here.

To view the complete tuition and fee schedule, click here.

Other Fees: Special fees and charges may be added as necessary and as approved by the college Board of Trustees. To see the chart of other fees, click here.

Other Tuition and Fee Policies: Please note courses dropped on or after the first day of the term will not be credited at 100%. Refer to the refund section below for more information.

Note: Other fees may be assessed as new programs are developed. Special fees and charges may be added as necessary and as approved by Collin's Board of Trustees.

Refunds: To receive a 100 percent credit of tuition and fees, a student must drop their class before the first day of the term or part-of-term (part-of-term refers to express classes*) for their class. As of the first day of the term or part-of-term, partial refund deadlines begin.

Students in canceled classes, who make a payment and do not add another class, will automatically be dropped and refunded through the scheduled refund process for the term (see below).

Collin College begins refund processing for a term three to four weeks after registration opens and evaluates accounts without recent activity for refund processing. Continuing Education (CE) course refunds are processed weekly on a continuing basis. 

Note: Eligible credit amounts from registration and/or residency changes may take up to 30 days to be refunded. 

Financial aid refund processing begins approximately one week after the primary term's census date.

Method of Refund: Students who pay by credit card generally receive their refund as a credit against the charge on the credit card used for payment or as an e-Refund to their saved refund profile. (Note: Some system processes result in refund types which vary from the initial payment tender.)

If a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover gift card was used to pay charges, any refund amount will be refunded to the gift card.

For students who paid by check, cash, or debit card and/or financial aid award credits, refund checks are mailed to the student's permanent address of record maintained by the Admissions and Records Office. 

Any refund of a credit corresponding to a payment by check will be held until the original check payment has been successfully cleared by Collin's financial institution, which may take up to 30 days.

Refunds for Service Members Using TA: TA students are refunded the same as all other students according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) refund rules provided in the table below.

If a Service member drops before the first class day, the college will refund 100% to the appropriate service.

If a Service member’s class is cancelled, the college will refund 100% to the appropriate service.

If a Service member fails to begin attendance in a class, the college will refund 100% to the appropriate service.

If any student drops or withdraws on or after the first day of a term or express session (POT), they will receive less than 100 percent, based on the state mandated percentage rate, even if another course is added on the same date.

*Note: To offer courses to meet student schedule needs, classes of varying lengths are offered. Each class is assigned to a part-of-term (POT), which has a defined start date and end date (typically contained within the full, 16-week term). In the table here, refund rules for credit courses are based on POT start and end dates and not class meeting dates. 

Books and (most) Supplies are available via one of the campus bookstores. The Collin College bookstores are managed by Barnes & Noble. Information about textbooks, store locations and hours can be found on the bookstores's website here.  

Students can purchase and/or rent textbooks through one of the college’s bookstores located at the Courtyard Center (CYC), Frisco Campus (Preston Ridge), McKinney Campus (Central Park), Plano Campus (Spring Creek), Technical Campus, and Wylie Campus, as well as on the bookstore website. 

Estimated Costs: An estimate of the cost of books and supplies can be found on the college’s Cost of Attendance page.  Collin College estimates that full-time students will spend approximately $800 for books, with an additional $100 in miscellaneous class and/or lab fees per semester.  A student’s actual costs may vary considerably, especially if they are enrolled in one of the programs that requires additional materials (as listed in the Tuition and Fees section of this page). 

Once a student knows the specific classes in which they will enroll, they can use the tool below to get a more accurate cost of these materials.

Actual Costs: A list of required and recommended textbooks and supplemental materials for each Collin College course, including the title, author, retail price, and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) can be found on the bookstore website here

Collin College students are not under any obligation to purchase textbooks or materials from the bookstore. The same textbooks and materials may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Forms of Payment: The Collin College bookstores accept the following forms of payment: cash, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Financial Aid.

Rent Textbooks: Information about renting textbooks through the bookstore can be found here.

Refund Policy: Click here to read the bookstore’s return and refund policies.

Fair Pricing Policy: Barnes & Noble College booksellers comply with local weights and measures requirements. If the price on the receipt is above the advertised or posted price, alert a bookseller and the difference will be refunded.

Textbook Buyback Policy: Students can bring textbooks back to the bookstore at the end of the term to get up to 50 percent cash back. Finals week is the best time to get the most cash back, so it’s most advantageous to sell early.  Books must include all original materials and students must present a valid school ID at time of buyback.

Textbooks can also be mailed to the bookstore for buyback. More information on this program can be found here.

Contact Information can be found at the bottom of the bookstore’s home page here or contact one of the following campus bookstores:

1. Courtyard Center (CYC): 972.985.3710, 

2. Frisco Campus (Preston Ridge): 972.377.1680,

3. McKinney Campus (Central Park): 972.548.6680, or

4. Plano Campus (Spring Creek): 972.881.5680. 

Library:  Some textbooks are also available as an electronic textbook through the library.  A student should contact a librarian to inquire if their particular textbook is available via this format.  These electronic textbooks cannot be “checked out” per se and can only be used online for that session.  Because there are a limited number of e-textbooks, students should not rely on this format as a rule.

More about the library’s service in that section.

Estimated Costs: An estimate of the cost of room and board can be found on the college’s Cost of Attendance page.  Collin College estimates that students who live off-campus and in-county will spend approximately $5,973 per semester for housing and food.  This estimate varies CONSIDERABLY depending on where a student would choose to live, the size and type of housing, as well as the amenities available to them.  The Cost of Attendance amount is based on the cost of a studio or one-bedroom apartment close to one of the three main campuses.  In addition, the food portion of the estimate is based primarily on purchasing and cooking one’s own food, with a small portion associated with eating out.

Actual Costs: For students who want to live in on-campus housing, room options and pricing can be viewed here.

Meal plan pricing can be viewed here.

Resources 

The College Library: The libraries at Collin College are an integral part of the learning environment. The mission of the library is to support teaching and learning by providing excellent staff, resources, instruction and information services needed by our community of users.

The libraries have extensive in-person and online resources available to current credit students, faculty, and staff of Collin College during all hours of the day. These include physical books, e-books, full text journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and videos.

 Specifically, students have access to:

  •  170+ databases, offering 75,000+ full-text magazines and journals
  • 100,000+ electronic books
  • Librarian-developed research guides to help students with their coursework

Librarians are available to answer questions and provide instruction on using library resources in person during certain hours and for additional hours online. Students can email and chat with the library staff using their “Ask a Librarian” service. Faculty and students can also email subject liaison librarians directly for more in-depth consultations to support teaching and learning. 

For hours and contact information, click here.

Academic Support: Collin College offers a wide range of Academic Support services to ensure students have the tools to complete their educational goals successfully.

Some of the specific services include:

  •  First-Year Experience - First-time students attending Collin College are encouraged to participate in the numerous district programs aimed at improving academic success.  This program also includes an Academic Coaching option. The goal of this program is to assist students with learning how to plan, select, and enroll in courses that apply to their academic and career goals.  To learn more about these programs, click here.
  • Anthony Peterson Center for Academic Assistance:  Students can schedule appointments for writing, reading, math and science support and/or tutoring at any of the college’s five campus centers, all free of charge. Click here for more information and to see each campus’ tutoring schedule.
  • Accommodations at Collin College for Equal Support Services (ACCESS): This office provides support to eliminate barriers. They offer a variety of services that offer equal opportunities for qualified students with a disability. Students must be admitted to Collin College before they can apply for services.  For more information, click here.

Other Support Services: At Collin College, we believe that success in the classroom can sometimes depend on the support a student receives outside the classroom. To help our students meet their academic goals and dreams, we provide the following resources:

  •  Career Services: The Collin College Career Centers provide a myriad of services including career exploration, research into various careers, career development tools, resume writing and video tutorials, interview preparation and mock interviews, and on- and off-campus job search assistance. For more information, visit their webpage here
  •  Counseling Services: Collin College Counselors aim to support students' success by offering counseling services to help maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons, which include but aren't limited to: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, general wellness, domestic violence/abuse, academic concerns, alcohol/drug addiction, gender identity, eating/body image, stress, etc.  For more information click here.
  • Veteran Resource Centers: The Veterans Resource Centers (VRC's) at Collin College connect military affiliated students with resources within the college to ensure a smooth transition into college and foster academic success as well as to relevant resources in the community. 

      Currently, five of our centers have a full-time Veteran Services Specialist who can provide
      information, answer questions, and assist students with applying for military educational benefits,
      financial aid, and tuition assistance. 

      All military-connected students are welcomed and encouraged to utilize the study area and
      computer stations at the centers. Spending time in the VRC also provides students the opportunity
      to network with other military-connected students.

Student Handbook: To view the Student Handbook, click here. The Student Handbook contains the most up-to-date information on student services, resources, and opportunities designed to make students’ experience at Collin College more meaningful and productive. Additionally, the Student Handbook contains the Student Code of Conduct

General 

Accreditation: Collin County Community College District is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Collin County Community College District.

In addition to the SACS accreditation, every program at Collin College that requires a program-specific accreditation or certification has acquired it.  These include the following:

  •  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN);
  • Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration;
  • American Culinary Federation Education Foundation;
  • American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA);
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM);
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC);
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP);
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA);
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoAPSG);
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC);
  • Texas Commission on Fire Commission, Certified Training Facilities.

Preparing Students for the Workforce:  Students interested in entering the job market quickly, improving their skills, or changing careers can choose from dozens of workforce programs at Collin College that will train them for rewarding futures. Programs ranging from animation to welding to veterinary technician prepare Collin College graduates to enter the workforce ready to succeed, armed with the technical skills and knowledge that employers are seeking.

As the only public college in the county, Collin College works closely with local business, industry and government to determine and build programs that will best serve the county’s businesses and residents in the future.

For example, before building the newly opened Technical Campus, Collin College used labor market analysis and worked with local industry to determine which programs best fit labor market needs. That partnership continues with advisory groups for each program, where industry has input on the curriculum, equipment, and skills needed, and creates a pipeline to employment.

For programs requiring licensure or certification, Collin College designs the curriculum with the assistance of local industry leaders to ensure that students are ready for these tests.  For example, the new Vocational Nursing program, approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, prepares students for the National Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).

Another example is the college’s Computer Networking program. This program prepares graduates to design and install secure network systems based on customer requirements, monitor and maintain network traffic and security, and maintain network hardware and software. Courses and hands-on labs will prepare students for a variety of Cisco, Microsoft and CompTIA certification examinations.

Students can view the entire curriculum of any program in the college’s catalog located here.

More program specific information can be found here as well as on the individual program’s webpages.  Both the catalog and the program lists will indicate if the program has a licensing or certification test associated with it.

Graduation: Collin College offers a variety of Associate Degrees and Certificates as well as our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity (BAT). 

Requirements for graduation include:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Any student who entered Collin College prior to Fall 2008 and had transfer coursework transcripted will have those transfer course grade points included in their Collin College grade point average.
  •  TSI requirements must be complete in order to be considered a candidate for graduation.
  •  Must complete a minimum of 25% of residency at Collin College for any certificates, associates or bachelor degrees and satisfy all other degree requirements. Non-traditional and developmental course credit does not meet these residency requirements.
  •  Must meet all financial obligations

Candidates should submit an application for graduation at the beginning of their final semester.

Collin College will issue, at no cost to the Government, documentation as proof of completion, such as a diploma or certificate, to each student who completes the respective program requirements and meets all other eligibility criteria.

The academic credentials for certificate, diploma, or degree completion will reflect the degree-granting educational institution.  Collin College functions as a single institution and individual campuses are not considered separate or independent.  Therefore, all credentials will simply reflect “Collin College”.

Collin College strongly encourages students to participate in a graduation ceremony each year. Students participating in commencement ceremonies must purchase graduation regalia (cap and gown) from the college bookstore.

In accordance with Service requirements, Collin College will report to the Service concerned those TA recipients who have completed a certificate, diploma, or degree program. Reporting will occur at least annually and include the degree level, major, and program requirements completion date.

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