Why do students have to complete Loan Entrance Counseling?
The Higher Education Amendments of 1986 (Public Law 99-498) requires institutions to conduct Loan Entrance Counseling with all students who borrow Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans. If you do not complete this requirement, you cannot secure a Federal Direct Stafford Loan. It is only necessary to complete Loan Entrance Counseling one time during your attendance at Messiah College.
When do I complete the Loan Entrance Counseling?
Incoming, returning, and continuing students can complete the Loan Entrance Counseling online. We prefer incoming students complete Loan Entrance Counseling as soon as you have paid your deposit.
How do I complete the Loan Entrance Counseling?
You must complete this requirement online at www.studentloans.gov. Log in under "Manage My Direct Loan". You will need your FAFSA PIN. Click on "Entrance Counseling" and follow the instructions. This will take 20-30 minutes to complete. If you forgot your PIN #, you can request a Duplicate PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.
Loan Exit Counseling
Why do students have to complete the Loan Exit Counseling?
The Higher Education Amendments of 1986 (Public Law 99-498) requires institutions to conduct Loan Exit Counseling with all students who have borrowed a Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan at any time while attending Messiah College.
How do I know what loans I have?
The Financial Aid Office will send a packet to all graduates, containing information and details on the student loans you secured while studying at Messiah College. You can view all your Federal Student Loans online at: www.nslds.ed.gov.
When do I complete the Loan Exit Counseling?
Any student who falls below half time (for undergraduates less than 6 credits in a semester and for Graduates, less than 3 credits) will go into their six month grace period and they are required to complete Loan Exit Counseling. It should be completed before you leave campus. You must give your lenders your up-to-date contact information.
How do I complete the Loan Exit Counseling?
Messiah College participated in two different loan programs, FFELP (loans with banks/lenders) and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Some students may have loans with several different lenders, but Exit Counseling can all be completed at one website.
Please follow these instructions:
- Go online at www.igrad.com/exit/messiah . Click on "Exit Counseling".
- Please take your time and follow all the instructions and requirements. It will take about 20 minutes to complete.
- There are test questions which must be answered.
What else is required before I leave campus?
All graduates will receive the Exit Counseling Guide for Direct Loan Borrowers inside their packet of information. We ask that you review this booklet in addition to the rest of the information on your loans. This information will be sent to you in campus mail, or mailed to your home. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Is there a quick reference guide about repaying student loans?
Yes, you can view the following document online at: http://www.finaid.org/loans/RepayingStudentLoans.pdf