The Mortgage Banking program at North Lake will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure student success.
Why study at North Lake? Ours is the first and oldest associate degree program in Mortgage Banking in the country. Created in 1991, the program was the result of requests from industry leaders to provide specialized education for entry- and higher-level positions in the mortgage lending field.
Thanks to faculty with decades of industry experience, North Lake students have access to national scholarship programs, job databases, career resources and free online courses from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Financial Services Professional Certification
Start your journey toward becoming a successful financial service professional with our Financial Services Certification program. Professionals with years of experience in the finance industry teach courses such as:
- Introduction to Financial Advising
- Principles of Real Estate
- Mortgage Lending
- Money and Financial Matters
- Selling Bank Products
Convenient Options for Busy Professionals
Too busy to attend classes on campus? All program courses are also offered online at some point during the academic year. You could earn your entire degree or certificate online.
For busy professionals who want course knowledge without the pressure of earning grades, North Lake also offers Mortgage Banking classes as concurrent Continuing Education classes.
The Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association Scholarship is a permanent endowment administered by the
Dallas College Foundation that awards up to $625 each spring or fall semester, or $312.50 per summer semester (Summer I and Summer II), to students planning to major in Mortgage Banking at North Lake. See the Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association Scholarship web page for specific criteria and an application form.
Earning an associate degree in Mortgage Banking, or earning one of the program's certificates, can jump-start your entry into the workforce. However, the associate degree can also serve as a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree.
Dallas College has an official transfer agreement with Texas A&M University — Commerce in which the entire associate degree in Mortgage Banking transfers to a bachelor's degree of applied science, with a minor in Mortgage Banking.
If you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the
Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process, or check with the institution where you plan to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Earn or Renew a Texas Mortgage Broker or Loan Officer License
Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, an agency of the Finance Commission of Texas, regulates licensure of mortgage brokers and loan officers doing business within the state.
In Texas, a mortgage broker is defined as any individual who receives an application from a prospective borrower to attempt to obtain a mortgage loan. All licensed mortgage brokers and loan officers in Texas, as well as any person wishing to pursue a license in Texas, must also be registered with the National Mortgage Licensing System.
Real estate brokers and salespeople are not exempt from the Mortgage Broker License Act. If you are brokering first lien mortgage loans, you must apply for and establish that you meet all of the criteria for a mortgage broker license. Under the statute, a real estate
broker’s license fulfills the experience requirement, but a real estate
sales license does not.
If you are not currently licensed as an active real estate broker in Texas (for instance, if you are licensed in another state, or your Texas license has lapsed), you would not meet the experience requirement for a Texas mortgage broker license.