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Student Loan Requirements

Before you can borrow under the Federal Direct Student Loan program, you must complete a requirement known as an "Entrance Interview." This is not the kind of interview that requires a dress shirt and tie; in fact it is not really an "interview" at all.

Entrance Interview

The "Entrance Interview" is really an on-line tool that teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower. It is sometimes referred to as “Entrance Counseling.” It contains a few quiz-type questions to ensure that you are understanding these rights and responsibilities. Tip: Take your time, read thoroughly and answer the questions carefully. If you answer too many questions incorrectly, you'll have to start all over again.

Northwestern College uses the Department of Education’s Federal Direct Student Loan website. Your results will be sent to the Financial Aid Office electronically upon your completion of the "interview". We can also provide you with student loan information at any time before or after you start classes. So, if you are ready to get started, click on this link to start your "Entrance Interview." Once you arrive at the Federal Direct Student Loan site, click on the green "Sign In" button on the left side of the screen and follow the simple instructions. Tip: You will need your federal PIN number in order to sign in and complete this process.

Exit Interview

Exit Interview: An "Exit Interview" is required whenever a student who received a Federal Stafford Student Loan graduates or otherwise leaves school. It is very important that you complete this process, because it teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower. It will also give you help and information on how to keep your loan in good standing, even if you are having trouble making the payments.

Know your rights about your loan

The first step in keeping your loan in good standing is to know your rights. The best way to learn your rights is through the Exit Interview (which is sometimes called "Exit Counseling"). Northwestern College uses the Department of Education’s Federal Direct Student Loan website. Your results will be sent to the Financial Aid Office electronically upon your completion of the "interview". So, if you are ready to get started, click on this link to start your "Exit Interview." Tip: You will need your federal PIN number in order to complete the Exit Interview.

Of course, the Financial Aid Office staff is always available to help with your student loan questions, even after you leave school. If you ever are having trouble making your payments, please call us. We can help you to work with your loan servicer and stay out of trouble. We can probably even help you get a "deferment" or "forbearance", which will allow you to stop making payments and avoid late fees until you get back on your feet. Call us - we're here to help.