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Office of Financial Aid
Sykes House
638 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2557 (fax)

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Entrance Counseling and Exit Counseling Information

Winthrop University is required to provide entrance and exit counseling to loan recipients. Federal regulations require that the University counsel each first time loan recipient on your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.

Entrance Counseling

All first-time borrowers MUST complete an Entrance Counseling Session and sign a Master Promissory Note.   Both requirements can be completed online using the Federal Student Aid website. 

  • Go to and Log In.
  • Click Complete Entrance Counseling under the Complete Aid Process header.
  • Click Start under Complete Entrance Counseling.

Step 1 — Add School to Notify:  Be sure to select Winthrop University as your school so we will receive notification that you have successfully completed the session.
Step 2 — Select Student Type:  Undergraduate students should select "I am completing entrance counseling to receive Direct Loans as an undergraduate student" and graduate students should select "I am a graduate student."
Step 3 — Follow the instructions to complete the quiz. 

The Office of Financial Aid will electronically receive the Entrance Counseling and MPN results within 2 — 3 business days.

Your Federal Direct Loan will not credit your account until you have successfully completed both of these requirements.  Your loan(s) may be subject to cancellation if you do not complete Entrance Counseling and sign the Master Promissory Note.

Exit Counseling

Students who have borrowed Federal Direct Loans or FFEL Program loans and have either graduated, withdrawn or dropped below half-time are required to complete an exit loan counseling session.

  • Go to and Log In.
  • Click Complete Exit Counseling under the Manage Loans header.
  • Click Start under Complete Exit Counseling.
  • At the school choice section, make sure to choose Winthrop University so that we will receive electronic confirmation that you have completed the Exit Counseling.
  • You will now begin the exit counseling session.

Last Updated: 8/20/20