First-Time Direct Loan Borrowers Must Complete a Direct Loan MPN

If you have not previously received a Direct Loan, you must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). Although you may have previously signed an MPN to receive FFEL Program loans, a FFEL MPN cannot be used to make Direct Loans.

The MPN is the legal document through which you promise to repay your Direct Loans and any accrued interest and fees to the Department. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loans. A Direct Loan MPN can be used to make loans for up to ten (10) years. You may complete a Direct Loan MPN electronically via the StudentLoans.gov Web site at https://studentloans.gov.

To complete a Direct Loan MPN electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. The Federal Student Aid PIN is the same PIN used to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To apply for a PIN if you do not already have one, or for customer service regarding a previously assigned PIN, visit www.PIN.ed.gov.

First-Time Student Loan Borrowers Must Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling

In some cases, you may need to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling.

  • If you are an undergraduate or graduate/professional student and have not previously received a FFEL or Direct Loan program loan, you must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling before you can receive a Direct Loan.
  • If you are a graduate/professional student and have not previously received a PLUS loan through the FFEL or Direct Loan programs, you must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling before you can receive a Direct PLUS Loan.

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