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Entrance Counseling

The Entrance Counseling session is intended to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower and to review strategies for effectively managing student loan debt. Entrance Counseling is a requirement for all first-time loan borrowers of Federal Student Loans (Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Grad PLUS Loans).

Please note that you must complete the entire session once you begin. If you exit the counseling before completing the session and return later, you will need to start over from the beginning.

To complete the counseling session,

  1. Visit Federal Student Aid Entrance Counseling.
  2. LogĀ in using your FSA ID.
  3. Work through the modules to complete the Entrance Counseling.
  4. At the end of the counseling, select UMBC (code: 002105) as the school you wish to notify.