Direct Loan Entrance Counseling
Students who borrow under the Direct Loan Program for the first time are required to complete counseling before their loan proceeds can be released. This requirement can be completed online. You must sign in with your FAFSA PIN and then select Complete Entrance Counseling. Listed below are instructions on how to complete your Entrance Counseling:
- Go to the webiste www.studentloans.gov
- Select “Sign In”
- Sign in using your Social Security Number, the first 2 letters of your last name, date of birth, and your 4 digit FAFSA PIN
- Select “Complete Entrance Counseling”
- Select “Subsidized/Unsubsidized”
- Complete all steps and submit
Perkins Loan Entrance Counseling & Master Promissory Note (MPN)
The billing for your Vanguard University Federal Perkins Student Loan will be handled by Educational Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSI). ECSI is a billing service provider for the college, not a collection agency.
ECSI provide web-based access to your account, allowing you to verify when your payments have been received, update address and phone information, verify account balances, obtain loan payoff amounts, sign-up for electronic billing, and make payments. ECSI also provide payment options such as recurring electronic funds transfer and credit card payments (additional fees will apply to some eCheck and credit card payments).
For more information on ECSI, please visit their website at www.ecsi.net.
Graduate PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling
Graduate students that apply and are approved for the Graduate PLUS Loan, must complete Loan Entrance Counseling specifically for this loan. This requirement is completed once a year. Complete your Graduate PLUS Loan Counseling only if you have been asked to do so by the Financial Aid Office.
The Federal Government requires all Direct Loan borrowers to complete the Exit Counseling requirement when a student graduates, withdraws from school, or drops below half-time status.
Please have the following information before you begin:
- Social security number
- Expected permanent address
- Expected employer
- Next of kin
- Two references (these persons will be contacted if your loan holder cannot reach you)
- Loan types and balances
- Interest rate
If you do not have information on your loans, you may contact your lender or go to the NSLDS website at www.nslds.ed.gov. You will need your PIN number that you used to file your FAFSA. If you would like to apply for a PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov.
Please use the following link to complete your student loan exit counseling only if you have been asked to do so by the Financial Aid Office. Click here for Online Loan Exit Counseling