Exit Counseling for Federal Student Loan Borrowers

Students who have accepted federal student loans to help them cover the cost of their education are required by Federal Law to complete Exit Counseling upon graduation, termination or if their enrollment status drops to less than ½ time.  Exit Counseling must be completed even if you intend to continue your education elsewhere.

Exit Counseling provides important information such as loan repayment, grace period and billing options information as well as collecting updated borrower information.  It will typically take 30-40 minutes to complete.

To complete Exit Counseling, you will need the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Permanent Email Address
  • Names, Addresses and Telephone Numbers of 3 References
  • Department of Education PIN Number Used to Sign your FAFSA

To Complete Exit Counseling:

  • Sign In to www.StudentLoans.gov by clicking the Sign In button under “Manage My Direct Loan”
  • You will need your Social Security Number, Date of Birth and Federal Pin # to sign in.  If you do not remember your Pin #, go to www.pin.ed.gov and select “Request A Duplicate PIN” to receive a reminder.
  • Once you are signed in, select “Complete Counseling” from the list of seven items in the middle of the page.
  • Next, click on the Start bottom located at the bottom of the Exit Counseling column.
  • Select “South Dakota” and “Southeast Technical Institute” from the drop-down menus and then click on the “Add School” button at the bottom of the “Select Schools to Notify” box.
  • Be sure that Southeast Technical Institute is now listed and checked at the top of the “Select Schools to Notify” box and then click “Continue”.
  • Complete the Exit Counseling as instructed.  Be sure to answer all questions on each page before proceeding.  Once completed, you will receive a confirmation of completion statement.

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