Students must be enrolled in and attend a minimum of 6 credit hours each term to qualify for student loans. Students must complete all loan requriements before actually receiving any of the loans estimated on the award notification letter.
Student loan requriements
- Complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) at https://studentloans.gov
- Complete Entrance Counseling on the Internet at https://studentloans.gov
- Attend an in person Entrance Counseling Session. Session times, dates, and locations can be found on the TSTC calendar or at Important Dates.
- Complete and return a Federal Direct Student Loan Form to the Financial Aid Office. You may download one here.
Loan funds for students borrowing for the first time at TSTC West Texas will not be available until 31 days after the first class day as governed by U.S. Department of Education regulations. Students attending or borrowering only one term for an academic year will receive their loan(s) in two disbursements at the beginning and middle of the last term of attendance.
Students must meet all of the terms of the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress for every term in which a student loan may be disbursed. You may review the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress on the back of your Award Letter Notification or on the Financial Aid Standards of Progress Section of our Website.
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Loans made through this program are referred to as Direct Loans. Eligible students and parents borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education. These loans include Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans. You repay these loans directly to the federal government. Students who qualify for a SUBSIDIZED loan (those who have demonstrated financial need) will have interest expense paid by the government until repayment begins. Students qualifying for an UNSUBSIDIZED loan will have interest expense added to the loan while in school. If the interest expense is not paid while in school, that expense will be carried forward when repayment begins and calculated into the monthly payments.
Loan repayment begins six months after the student graduates, leaves school or drops below half-time enrollment. TSTC West Texas student borrowers are also required to complete loan entrance and exit counseling as described below.
TSTC does not participate in any Private Loan programs or Perkins Loan programs.
Entrance counseling sessions
Students new to TSTC West Texas must complete entrance counseling on line before receiving any loan proceeds:
Exit counseling sessions
Student Loan Borrowers must complete an exit interview whenever dropping below half-time enrollment status, withdrawing, graduating, or leaving school for any reason: