What You Need

Collapse Section Button. Press enter twice to open this section. Entrance Counseling

To complete Entrance Counseling as an undergraduate student or graduate/professional student, you will need:

  • 20-30 minutes to complete
  • Your Federal Student Aid PIN (if you do not have a Federal Student Aid PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov).

    Students must sign in using their own Federal Student Aid PIN to complete Entrance Counseling. Use of another person's PIN constitutes fraud. Use only your own PIN information.

  • Name(s) of the school(s) you wish to notify of counseling completion

Useful Information To Have

Any details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses. Some of this information can be found in:

  • Your student account information
  • A copy of the award letter from your school's financial aid office (if you have received it)
  • A listing of the tuition and fees for your school. Visit CollegeNavigator.gov

There are two ways to access Entrance Counseling:

  1. Sign in to StudentLoans.gov using your Federal Student Aid PIN

    • Select "Complete Counseling" on the left-hand navigation bar
    • Select "Entrance Counseling" under "Choose Counseling Type"

    If you sign in, you will be able to:

    • See your federal student loan information available in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
    • Notify schools of counseling completion
    • View proof of counseling completion
  2. Select "Counseling Demo" on the StudentLoans.gov home page and then "Entrance Counseling" under "Choose Counseling Type"

    • You must log in to officially complete the counseling session (option 1 above)
    • The "Counseling Demo" option is informational and allows school administrators to see counseling content without logging in

Parents borrowing a Direct Plus loan to pay for their child's education are not required to complete entrance counseling.

Expand Section Button. Press enter twice to access the content in this section. Financial Awareness Counseling

To complete Financial Awareness Counseling, you will need:

  • 20-30 minutes to complete
  • Your Federal Student Aid PIN (if you do not have a Federal Student Aid PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov)

    Students must sign in using their own Federal Student Aid PIN to complete Financial Awareness Counseling. Use of another person's PIN constitutes fraud. Use only your own PIN information.

  • Name(s) of the school(s) you wish to notify of counseling completion


Useful Information to Have

Any details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses. Some of this information can be found in:

Expand Section Button. Press enter twice to access the content in this section. Exit Counseling

To complete exit counseling, you will need:

  • 20-30 minutes to complete
  • Your Federal Student Aid PIN (if you do not have a Federal Student Aid PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov).

    Students must sign in using their own Federal Student Aid PIN to complete exit counseling. Use of another person's PIN constitutes fraud. Use only your own PIN information.

  • Name(s) of the school(s) you wish to notify of counseling completion

Useful Information To Have

Any details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses. Some of this information can be found in:

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