A loan is financial assistance that enables students and parents to borrow money from the federal government, state government or private lenders. These loans must be repaid. Each student receiving a Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct Loan at Texas A&M University must complete the following steps. These steps may be completed on the Federal Student Aid website
Master Promissory Note
Borrowers are responsible for signing a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each loan program. When signed, the MPN is a binding, legal document through which the borrower agrees to repay the loan. The MPN should be read carefully and a copy retained for the borrower’s records. Direct Loan MPNs must be completed online by the borrower on the Federal Student Aid website
Please visit the Howdy Portal
. Then click the My Finances tab and enter the Financial Aid Portal. Select the current academic year. Once you have accepted a Direct Loan there will be a link for Loan Entrance Counseling under the Status page. Follow the instructions to complete Loan Entrance Counseling on the Federal Student Aid website
Upon withdrawing, graduating, dropping below half-time, or simply not returning, you will be sent information regarding Loan Exit Counseling if you have received any of the following:
- Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized or Unsubsidized)
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
- Perkins Loans
If you have received the Federal TEACH Grant, you will be sent Exit Counseling information if you withdraw, graduate, or change into an ineligible TEACH Grant major.
Online exit counseling for Federal Loans and the TEACH Grant can be completed on the Federal Student Aid website
. Student Business Services will provide exit counseling information and instructions for the Perkins Loan.