Entrance Counseling is designed to inform you of the rights and responsibilities associated with being a student loan borrower. It is a federal requirement that students complete Entrance Counseling before Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS Loan funds can disburse to their student account. You can complete this requirement electronically at www.studentloans.gov. For details, please see our Signing Your Direct Loan Electronic Master Promissory Note. If you are also receiving BU need-based loans from Student Financial Services (SFS) for the first time, you are required to meet with a SFS staff member. It is recommended that you complete the federal Entrance Counseling before attending a session.
During your individual or group Entrance Counseling session, you will:
- Be given a Loan Borrowing Summary detailing prior and current education debt, provided on request
- Learn about the terms of the BU loans you were awarded
- Sign your BU promissory note(s) and be given copies for your records, provided on request
- Receive budgeting tips
- Be given the opportunity to ask questions about Direct Loans and BU loans
Sign up sheets for group sessions will be made available at Orientation. After Orientation, group session notifications will be sent to your BU email account and you can then register by responding to the email (the address is shown below for your school). Sessions fill up fast so register today!
BUSM Students (All BU loan recipients) (Typically they are held in August; we will email you with dates and times.)
Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room L201
Friday, August 12, 2016 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room L201
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room L201
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room L201
SPH Students (Perkins or SPH Alumni Loan recipients)
Monday, February 1, 2016 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. / Room 301A
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. / Room 301A
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. / Room 301A
Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room 301A
Monday, February 8, 2016 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. / Room 301A
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / Room 301A
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. / Room 301A
Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room 301A
Friday, February 12, 2016 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. / Room 301A
To sign up, email Assistant Director Scott Harrison.
GSDM Students (All BU loan recipients) (Typically they are held in August; we will email you with dates and times.)
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If you would like to sign up for an individual session, please call SFS at (617) 638-5130.
After completing your Entrance Counseling session, it is also a federal requirement that you attend Exit Counseling when you take a leave-of-absence, transfer, withdraw, register less than half time or graduate. Always inform SFS of any changes to your registration. At that time, you will be advised of all the requirements regarding debt management and repayment.