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Financial Aid

  • Loan counseling

    Entrance Loan Counseling

    Important Information Before You Begin

    Before receiving a federal student loan, borrowers MUST complete an Entrance Loan Counseling session. (If you have previously had either a Federal Stafford Loan or a Federal Direct Loan, you have already met this obligation). This online session will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

    Undergraduate students will complete the Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling.

    Graduate students who complete the Graduate Entrance Loan Counseling will meet the entrance loan counseling requirement for both Direct Loans and Direct Graduate PLUS loans.

    You should have your Department of Education PIN (the one used to sign the FAFSA) handy.

    Go to www.studentloans.gov. When you get to the page, click on SIGN IN. After you have signed in, go to Entrance Counseling and follow the directions from there.

    Graduate Entrance Loan Counseling

    Important Information Before You Begin

    Before receiving a federal student loan, borrowers MUST complete an Entrance Loan Counseling session. (If you have previously had either a Federal Stafford Loan or a Federal Direct Loan, you have already met this obligation. However, if you are applying for your first Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, you will need to complete this session).This online session will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

    Graduate students should complete the Combination - Stafford and PLUS Loans counseling.
    You should have your Department of Education PIN (the one used to sign the FAFSA) handy.

    Go to www.studentloans.gov.
    When you are asked to select the school that should be notified, you should:
    1. Click on Add a School
    2. For school name, enter Wisconsin
    3. This will bring up a list of schools in Wisconsin and you will see University of Wisconsin - La Crosse listed. Choose this by marking the circle in front of our school's name.

    Once you have completed the entire process, be sure to choose "Show Form for Printing" and print out a copy of the form for your own records.

    Direct Loan Exit Loan Counseling

    Important Information Before You Begin
    1- You must have a Department of Education PIN number (the same PIN used to sign the FAFSA). If you do not have a PIN or can not remember your PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov to request that a PIN be e-mailed to you.

    2- The Exit Counseling Session will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and you must complete the entire session in one sitting. If you exit before completing the session, you will be required to start over from the beginning.

    3- As part of the session, you will need to supply contact information for your next of kin (usually your parents), two references who live at a different address than your next of kin (all three references must live at a different address).

    Proceed to www.studentloans.gov.

    The average total indebtedness of UW-La Crosse students who have borrowed federal loans during their undergraduate career is $24,863.





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