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A counseling session will take 20-30 minutes to complete. You must complete the counseling in a single session. You cannot save a partially completed counseling session.

Counseling Type


Entrance Counseling

 (Required)

Entrance Counseling is required before you can receive your first Direct Subsidized Loan, or Direct Unsubsidized Loan as an undergraduate, or your first Direct PLUS Loan as a graduate/professional student.

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Financial Awareness Counseling

Financial Awareness Counseling provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and help you manage your finances.

Complete this counseling any time.

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PLUS Credit Counseling

PLUS Credit Counseling is required if the U.S. Department of Education has informed you that you have an adverse credit history and you have obtained an endorser or documented to the satisfaction of the U.S. Department of Education that there are extenuating circumstances related to your adverse credit history.

PLUS Credit Counseling can be completed voluntarily at any time. If PLUS Credit Counseling is completed voluntarily and you are determined to have an adverse credit history by the U.S. Department of Education within 30 days of PLUS Credit Counseling completion, your PLUS Credit Counseling requirement will be considered to be fulfilled.

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Exit Counseling

 (Required)

Exit Counseling is required when you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment . Exit Counseling provides important information to prepare you to repay your federal student loan(s).

At the end, you'll need to provide the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number for your closest living relative, two references who live in the U.S., and current or expected employer (if known).

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Were you looking for TEACH Grant Counseling?

Complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling.

Complete a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.

TEACH Grant Exit Counseling can be completed on the NSLDS Web site.