Student Loan Counseling

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 ID. If you do not have your FSA ID, you can obtain one here. 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 Stafford loan (known as FFEL)* or 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 ID to log in and then following the directions at the site.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for federal student financial aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, servicers (agencies that guarantee loans), the Direct Loan program, the Pell Grant program, and other U.S. Department of Education programs. The NSLDS website is generally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of federal loans and Pell grants where they can access information such as loan amounts, outstanding balances, the status of their loans, and disbursements made. You can access NSLDS at

In order to use the NSLDS Student Access web site, you will need to log in using your FSA ID Username or verified e-mail address and password. 

This website does not include any information on private loans.