STUDENT LOAN ENTRANCE COUNSELING
The Federal Government requires that students complete student loan entrance counseling prior to obtaining a Federal Direct Loan. The entrance counseling will explain the Direct Loan obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a federal Direct Loan. You can complete this requirement online and follow the directions at the site. You will need your FSA account log in information that you created when filing your FAFSA. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, you can retrieve or reset these on the login page. It is only necessary to complete loan entrance counseling one time during your attendance at Dickinson College.
STUDENT LOAN EXIT COUNSELING
The Federal Government requires that all students who have borrowed a Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct loan complete student loan exit counseling prior to graduating or ceasing at least half-time attendance. Exit counseling helps you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower and provides useful tips and information to help you manage your loans. You are obligated to repay your loans even in the event that you do not complete your program of study or do not complete the program. You can complete this requirement online using your FSA account credentials to log in and then following the directions at the site. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, you can retrieve or reset these on the login page.
TRACKING YOUR FEDERAL LOANS
Federal student aid information is provided to the Department of Education from schools, servicers (agencies that guarantee loans), the Direct Loan program, the Pell Grant program, and other U.S. Department of Education agencies. Students can access information such as loan amounts, outstanding loan balances, the status of their loans, and disbursements made via the FSA site, studentaid.gov. The website is generally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides a centralized, integrated view of federal loans and Pell grants. This website does not include any information on private loans.