Federal Direct Student Loan

If you have been awarded a Federal Direct loan, you will need to complete two important online processes (Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note) before your loan will disburse to your Dickinson Student Account.  Returning students who previously have borrowed a Federal Direct loan do not have to complete either process again.  Additional information about this federal student loan is available from the U.S. Department of Education.

Please take note:  If you are a "First-Time Borrower" on or after July 1, 2013, be sure to read this important announcement from the Dept. of Education regarding your maximum loan eligibility period.

The FSA ID - a username and password - has replaced the Student Aid PIN.  If you have not already done so, you may create your FSA ID here.

Entrance Counseling:

To get started, go to StudentLoans.gov.

Then:

  1. Click the green Log In button.
  2. Enter your FSA ID Username or E-mail address and FSA ID Password.
  3. Click Log In.
  4. Select Entrance Counseling.


Master Promissory Note:

Before starting the Master Promissory Note, be sure to have the following available:

  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Your FSA ID Username or E-mail address and password.
  • Name, address and telephone numbers of two references.


To get started, go to StudentLoans.gov

Then:

  1. Click the green Log In button.
  2. Enter your FSA ID username or E-mail address and password.
  3. Click Log In.
  4. From the left menu bar, select Complete MPN under ‘Master Promissory Note’.
  5. Provide the requested information.


There is no way to save a partially-completed Master Promissory Note, so be sure to allow enough time (20-30 minutes) to complete the process in one session .

That’s it!  We encourage you to complete Entrance Counseling and MPN before you arrive on campus. Let us know if you have questions or have difficulty or you wish to complete a Master Promissory Note on paper.  You can contact our loan counselor, Carolyn Thompson or call our office at 717-245-1308.