Applying for Financial Aid


Student Loan Disbursement Dates

Applying for Title IV, State, and Institutional Financial Aid

Title IV aid is need-based aid (federal programs such as Pell Grants, SEOG, Work Study, Stafford Loans, and state programs such as Texas grant, and TPEG). Need-based programs require an analysis of the student's financial circumstances to determine need. The application process used by Cisco College to perform this need analysis is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available in hard copy form at the Cisco College Financial Aid Office, the local high school counselor's office, or other college financial aid offices. You can also complete the FAFSA online by logging on to the above listed web site. (When completing the FAFSA, please use the Cisco College school code 00355300).


Application Steps to Follow:
  1. Complete and submit the FAFSA to the Department of Education
    • (You will need your 1040 income tax form if you filed and/or your parent's 1040 form(s) for the appropriate year to complete your FAFSA) If you need a copy of your tax return, call 1-800-829-1040 and request IRS tax transcript.
  2. Student are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FASFA. This tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FASFA and transfer the data directly to their FASFA.
  3. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) or an email confirmation as a result of submitting the FAFSA (4 to 6 weeks if you mail it in, 2 weeks or less if you use the online FAFSA).
    • Cisco College will begin a file on you once the Financial Aid Office has downloaded your information from the Department of Education.
    • The Cisco College Financial Aid Office will need additional information to verify your FAFSA information, we will request it in writing.
    • Please be prompt in responding to any request for additional information and/or documents. You will not be asked to provide more than that which is required.
    • When all your paperwork is completed, returned, and verified, we will be able to determine the type and amount of financial aid for which you have qualified.
  4. The amount of your Pell Grant will be based on the number of hours in which you are enrolled. Detailed information regarding your Pell Grant can be found on your Campus Connect.


Applying for Student Loans

Important information for students who use federal Stafford loans to finance their education:

Cisco College will begin processing loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program beginning with the Fall 2010 school year. This program will replace the current Federal Stafford Student Loan program. Participating in the Federal Direct Loan Program will allow our current and future students with more assurance that funding will be available for federal education loans.

Here are some of the benefits that Cisco students will receive from this change:

  • The Direct Loan Program is funded directly by the Federal government, thereby eliminating some of the confusion by offering a single source and process for federal loans.
  • Direct loans are not sold by the Federal Government; borrowers will know who holds their loan during repayment. In addition, prior borrowers can consolidate Federal Stafford Loans with their Direct Loans, enabling them to track their loans with one lender instead of multiple lenders.
  • Direct Loan offers a Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and an income-based repayment option for students in certain public service professions or who have low incomes.

All students must complete a new Entrance Counseling and a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the 2014-2015 school years along with a loan request form for Cisco College. Loan request forms may be found on the Cisco College web site under Financial Aid. Go to e-forms on line and complete a 2014-2015 loan request packet and submit to the Financial Aid office.

Entrance counseling, Exit counseling, and Master Promissory Notes may be found at https://studentloans.gov.
 
If you have any questions regarding your Direct Loan you may contact the Financial Aid office for assistance or you may contact the Direct Loan program directly at 1-800-848-0979.


The Federal Stafford Loan Program (FSL) offers low interest loans to students through participating lenders. To qualify for a student loan, a student must have documented financial need determined by the completion of the FAFSA. The student must be making satisfactory progress and enrolled in at least 6 hours. THE STUDENT ASSUMES THE OBLIGATION TO REPAY THE LOAN AND ACCRUED INTEREST beginning six months after ceasing at least half-time enrollment.

Steps for Summer Financial Aid

  1. Complete FAFSA.
  2. Complete Summer Financial Aid Application. 
  3. Contact Financial Aid Office for eligibility.
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