Entrance Counseling

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!

Group Sessions:

BUSM Students (All BU loan recipients) (We will email you dates and times.)


SPH Students (Perkins or SPH Alumni Loan recipients) (We will email you with dates and times.)

October 5, 2015 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. / Room 301A

October 6, 2015 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. / Room 301A

October 7, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. / Room 301A

October 8, 2015 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. / Room 301A

October 9, 2015 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room 301A

October 13, 2015 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. / Room 301A

October 14, 2015 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. / Room 301A

October 15, 2015 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room 301A


GSDM Students (All BU loan recipients)

July 30, 2015 12:00–1:00 p.m. / Room 301A

August 3, 2015 1:00–2:00 p.m. / Room 301A

August 5, 2015 12:00–1:00 p.m. / Room 301A

August 10, 2015 12:00–1:00 p.m. / Room 301A

August 13, 2015 1:00–2:00 p.m. / Room 301A


Helpful Links:

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Direct Loan Borrower Entrance Counseling Guide

Signing Your Direct Loan Electronic Master Promissory Note

Boston University Medical Campus Loan Entrance Counseling Form

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.