Not sure if you'll need to participate in required federal exit counseling when you leave school? If you borrowed money from the federal government to pay for your education, you will.
Exit counseling is similar to the entrance counseling you received when you first completed your master promissory note. This learning opportunity provides information about your rights and responsibilities as a borrower, including information about various repayment plans and deferment or forbearance options that may be available to you if you are unable to make a payment.
The federal government requires schools to conduct exit interviews with all students who receive specific types of federal student loans.
You need exit counseling if you have a:
- Direct Subsidized Loan
- Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students
- Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized)
- Federal PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students
- Federal Supplemental Loan for Students
- Perkins Loan
- TEACH Grant
You do not need exit counseling if you have only:
- Direct PLUS Loans for Parents
- Federal PLUS Loans for Parents
- Private Education Loans (although some lenders may require exit counseling)
If you have loans that require exit counseling, the timing of your participation depends on your enrollment status. Prepare to go through exit counseling when or if you:
- Change your attendance to less than half-time
- Withdraw from school or stop attending
- Transfer to another school
- Take a leave of absence that is more than 180 days
Before you start exit counseling, you'll need to gather a few key pieces of information. Learn what you need to get ready. (PDF)
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College is expensive. What was the average cost (tuition and fees) for a 4-year public school in the United States in 2009–2010?
Although there are plenty of schools with higher tuition and costs, the average in the United States is $7,020 per year.Source: The College Board, 2010