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

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) –

Monday, August 14 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room B-406

Tuesday, August 15 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room B-406

Friday, August 18 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room B-406

Monday, August 21 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room B-406

Tuesday, August 22 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Room B-406


SPH Students (SPH Alumni Loan recipients) –

SESSIONS WILL BE HELD IN the Evans building, Room 717:

Monday, September 18 11AM-12PM

Wednesday, September 20th 12PM-1PM

Thursday, September 21st 3PM-4PM

Friday, September 22nd 11AM-12PM

Monday, September 25th 2PM-3PM

Wednesday, September 27th 11AM-12PM

Thursday, September 28th 10AM-11AM

Friday, September 29th 12PM-1PM

To sign up, email Assistant Director Scott Harrison.


GSDM Students (All BU loan recipients) –

American Dental Education Association (ADEA) resources for dental students:

Educational Debt Management


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.