Direct Loan Entrance Counseling

All students at the University of Wisconsin Colleges must complete, as required by federal student aid regulations, Direct Loan Entrance Counseling before any Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan monies may be released. Loan counseling serves as a means to educate students on the rights and responsibilities associated with receiving funds that must be repaid. The UW Colleges Student Financial Aid Office offers an online Direct Loan Entrance Counseling session for its students to meet this requirement.

To avoid delays in the receipt of Direct Loan funds, students are encouraged to complete Loan Entrance Counseling at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the first term of enrollment.

The Direct Loan Entrance Counseling website is managed by the U.S. Department of Education.  By following the steps below, you will ensure that the University of Wisconsin Colleges Student Financial Aid Office receives notification after you have successfully completed the online Direct Loan Entrance Counseling session.

What is needed to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling:

  • your Federal Student Aid ID. It is the same identification used to electronically sign the FAFSA. Visit the FSA ID website if you do not have an FSA ID or are unsure if you already have one.
  • your Social Security Number and Birth Date
  • 20-30 minutes

What to do once you're at the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling website:

  • Click the "Log In" button.
  • After signing in, click "Start" under Entrance Counseling. Do not choose Financial Awareness Counseling as this does not meet the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling requirement.
  • In the Select Schools to Notify section, choose "WISCONSIN" as the School State, the "UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN COLLEGES" as the School Name, and then click the "Add School" button.
  • The following information will display:
      • School Name:                UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN COLLEGES
        School Code/Branch:  G03897
        School Address:            780 REGENT STREET
                                                    SUITE 130
                                                    MADISON, WI 537152635
      • This is the correct information for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and will ensure that the Student Financial Aid Office is automatically notified of your completing entrance counseling once you have done so.
  • Check "I am completing entrance counseling to receive Direct Loans as an undergraduate student."
  • Complete the Entrance Counseling Session.

Click here to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling