Exit Loan Counseling

Per Federal regulations, borrowers of Federal Student Loans must complete Federal Exit Loan Counseling during their final semester of enrollment, even if the student is not borrowing Federal Student Loans in that semester. Exit Loan Counseling is also mandatory even if the student plans to continue their education at Hawkeye or at another college or university.

If you have borrowed a Federal Direct Loan while attending Hawkeye, you will need to complete an Exit Loan Counseling session:

  • For each certificate or diploma you earn.
  • Before you graduate.
  • If you withdraw from Hawkeye.
  • If you are enrolled in less than six credit hours.

Please allow 3–4 business days for processing.

You will not be able to receive an official copy of your Hawkeye transcript or your diploma until you complete the Exit Loan Counseling.

Graduating Students

Graduating students must attend an in person Exit Loan Counseling Group Session. Pre-registration is required.

When to complete your exit loan counseling session
If you are a: Complete Exit Loan Counseling:
Fall Graduate
You will have completed all program requirements by the end of fall semester.
October, November, December
Spring Graduate
You will have completed all program requirements by the end of spring semester.
March, April, May
Summer Graduate
You will have completed all program requirements by the end of summer term.
June, July, August

If you complete Exit Loan Counseling within the wrong semester, you will have to complete it again in the semester your program is completely finished.

Non-Graduating Students

Check your My Hawkeye notifications for instructions on how to complete your Exit Loan Counseling requirement.

Non-graduating students can complete the Exit Loan Counseling online at studentloans.gov. If you are graduating and complete the online portion of the Exit Counseling, you will still be required to attend an in-person session.

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