Federal Loan Program Required Documents For Disbursement
Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Agreement
- First-time borrowers of federal student loans at Chicago-Kent must complete an online loan agreement known as a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with Federal Student Aid at studentloans.gov.
As a first-time borrower, you must submit a separate signed MPN agreement for each federal loan you choose to borrow (the Unsubsidized Loan and/or Graduate PLUS Loan) in order to receive the federal loans funds you accept.
The MPN completion 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.
Specific to Graduate PLUS Loan: There is no, direct online application for the Graduate PLUS Loan through Direct Loans for Chicago-Kent College of Law. 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 Graduate PLUS Loan is approved with an endorser or an appeal, a new MPN agreement may be required.
As a result of recent data breach events and heightened security concerns, many consumers are understandably taking steps to protect their personally identifiable information (PII). One of those steps may be placing a "credit freeze" on their credit profile at one or more of the credit bureaus, which prevents further credit activity from occurring without additional consent.
Because a credit check is part of the process when a borrower or endorser completes a Direct PLUS Loan Request or an Endorser Addendum on the StudentLoans.gov website, borrowers or endorsers with an active credit freeze may not be able to fully complete either process and may receive an error message when the credit check is run. The borrower or endorser must remove the credit freeze first; this action cannot be done by the school or Federal Student Aid.
- First time borrowers of federal student loans at Chicago-Kent College of Law must the complete Loan Entrance Counseling online with Federal Student Aid at studentloans.gov.
- This is a one-time requirement for Chicago-Kent borrowers of federal financial aid.
- Complete the combined Federal Unsubsidized and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Counseling.
Please allow at least 1 week for the requirement to clear on the myIIT portal and for your funds to be disbursed to your student account accordingly.
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 Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Students who are denied the Federal Grad PLUS Loan and are approved with an endorser must complete the Grad 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.
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. This counsels the student on their rights and responsibilities of repaying their loan debt. It is considered to be step 2, the final step of the loan exit counseling process at Chicago-Kent. Step one is for the student to attend a group loan repayment workshop on campus. Students also have the option to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an Accredited Financial Counselor on campus during the scheduled loan repayment program, typically held in the spring of each term.
A student this this status is considered to be in their 6 month grace period for federal loans obtained at 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.
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.