Entrance Counseling and Promissory Note Signing

Entrance counseling is a federal and institutional requirement for all student loan borrowers.

All first-time Stafford Loan and Perkins Loan borrowers must complete entrance counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each type of loan. These interactive counseling sessions will help you to understand the rights and responsibilities that come with your student loan(s).

For most students, the MPN will cover the loans for their entire time at Brandeis University.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

  1. To begin your Federal Direct Stafford Entrance Counseling session online, go to the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan Servicing website and click the "Log In" button at the top-left of the screen.
    (You will need your FSA ID to sign in. If you do not have an FSA ID, please apply for one at https://fsaid.ed.gov. If you need assistance in obtaining an FSA ID and password, you can also call 1-800-557-7394)
  2. Once you have completed your entrance counseling, you will need to sign your MPN. This can also be done on this website.

Federal Perkins Loans

Students will receive an email from Heartland ECSI on how to complete the Perkins Loan entrance counseling. This will happen later on in the summer once available.

Brandeis Institutional Loan

(Brandeis Loan, Saval Loan or Wien Loan)

If you have been awarded a Brandeis Institutional Loan (Brandeis Loan, Saval Loan or Wien Loan), you must have entrance counseling and sign your Promissory note in person. Since these loans do not have a MPN, a new note will need to be signed for each year you receive one of these loans.

If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an in-person entrance counseling session and/or sign a MPN, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 781-736-3700.