Financial Aid

Loan Counseling

Entrance Counseling

All first-time federal Direct Loan borrowers are required to undergo entrance counseling before any Direct Loan funds can be disbursed to the borrower. We recommend that you complete this requirement online. The entrance counseling session provides you with information about your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. After reading the information, you will be quizzed on your knowledge.

To complete the entrance counseling online:

  1. Visit www.studentloans.gov
  2. Sign in using your FSA ID
  3. Select Complete Counseling – Entrance Counseling

The process should take about 30 minutes. Once your session is successfully completed, your information will be transmitted to UWest Financial Aid Office within two or three business days.

Timely completion of entrance counseling ensures you receive your funds in time to pay tuition and fees by the settlement deadline.

Exit Counseling

If you have borrowed from the Federal Direct and/or Federal Graduate Plus Loan programs and you are no longer enrolled at least half-time, federal regulations and university policy requires that you complete an online exit loan counseling session. This policy applies to all students who are graduating, officially withdrawn, dismissed, each time on a leave of absence or dropped below half-time, or simply ceased enrollment at UWest.

To complete exit counseling online:

  1. Visit www.studentloans.gov
  2. Sign in to Manage My Direct Loan using your FSA ID
  3. Select Complete Loan Counseling – Exit Counseling

Exit counseling session should take about 30 minutes to complete. The UWest Financial Aid office will be notified electronically when you complete the process.