Federal Loan Program Required Documents For Disbursement

General Terms & Conditions

1. Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Plus Loan Agreement

First-time borrowers must complete the loan agreement known as the MPN online with Federal Student Aid at studentloans.gov. Complete the MPN for the corresponding loan(s) that you accepted on your myIIT portal financial aid award.

  • You must submit a separate signed MPN agreement for the Unsubsidized and Plus Loan in order to receive the federal loans funds you have accepted.

  • Please allow at least 1 week for the requirement to clear on your myIIT portal and then for your funds to be disbursed to your student account accordingly.

  • This is typically a one time requirement, valid for 10 years. If you have an MPN agreement already on file from prior borrowing, you may not need to complete a new one.

  • Plus Loan note: There is no online application for the Plus Loan with Direct Loans for Chicago-Kent. Your acceptance of the loan on the myIIT portal serves as your authorization for Direct Loans to process a credit check as this is federal credit based loan. A new credit check is processed by Direct Loans each academic year, and in some cases each time a loan is requested by the student. If a Plus Loan is approved with an endorser or an appeal, a new MPN agreement may be required. Click here to read about your options if you have been denied the Plus Loan.

Unsubsidized Loan Terms & Conditions 
Plus Loan Terms & Conditions

2. Federal Loan Entrance Counseling

First time borrowers at Chicago-Kent College of Law must the complete Loan Entrance Counseling online with Federal Student Aid at studentloans.gov.

  • Complete the combined Federal Unsubsidized and Federal Plus Loan Counseling.

  • Please allow at least 1 week for the requirement to clear on the myIIT portal and then for your funds to be disbursed to your student account accordingly.

  • This is a one time requirement for Chicago-Kent borrowers.

  • Please note that the Financial Awareness Counseling (FAC) and Plus Loan Counseling is not the same as the Federal Loan Entrance Counseling. FAC provides tools and information to help students understand their financial aid and assist them in covering the basics of financial literacy. However, FAC counseling session will not satisfy the "Loan Entrance Counseling" requirement for your federal loans at Illinois Institute of Technology–Downtown Campus.

3. Federal Plus Loan Counseling

Students who are denied the Federal Plus Loan and are approved with an endorser must complete the Plus Loan Counseling online with Federal Student Aid at studentloans.gov. It is distinct and not the same as the first-time-borrower Loan Entrance Counseling requirement. The Plus Loan Counseling must be done in one log-in session, as it cannot be saved to be finished at a later time. The Plus Loan Counseling is only valid for the credit check approval period of 180 days. If a student chooses to accept another Plus Loan after 180 days, they are authorizing another credit check to be performed by Direct Loans. If the credit check results in another denial, the student will need to repeat the entire process by either appealing the credit decision or adding an endorser and completing the Plus Loan Counseling again. Click here to read about your options if you have been denied the Plus Loan.

4. Federal Loan Exit Counseling

For Graduating/Withdrawn/Less Than Half-Time Students

A student in a graduating/withdraw/less than half time status must complete the Loan Exit Counseling online with Federal Student Aid at studentloans.gov.

A student this this status is considered to be in their 6 month grace period for federal loans obtained at the IIT Downtown Campus, Chicago-Kent College of Law, as of the new status date. After the 6 month grace period the repayment period will begin. To view your loan servicers and loan history log into the National Student Loan Database System using your FSA ID to log in.

  • Even if a student plans on re-enrolling in the future at Chicago-Kent or another school this requirement is still mandatory.
  • It counsels the student on their rights and responsibilities of repaying their loan debt.

For graduating students the loan exit counseling is conducted as a two-step process. The first is an in person group workshop and second is the online requirement completed at studentloans.gov Students are provided a copy of their loan portfolio at the group session along with additional resources in the form of a letter with instructions on how to complete the second step online and several loan repayment guides and brochures. Students are advised to complete the online session after the group session, and they are also given the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one counseling appointment to discuss their loan portfolio.