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Federal Exit Counseling

If you have ACCEPTED Federal Student Loans, and applied the funds toward the cost of tuition, you are required to have loan exit counseling before you graduate. You can complete exit counseling online at An exit interview is a loan counseling session in which students are advised regarding their loan repayment schedule, obligations, and rights to deferment and/or cancellation. The university is required by the federal government to conduct an exit interview whenever a student is no longer enrolled as at least a half-time student.

  1. Students who have Unsubsidized/Subsidized Stafford Loans and Direct Graduate Plus Loans should complete their exit counseling through their Financial Aid Literacy Coordinator or at The National Student Loan Data System website.
  2. The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of Education programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.
  3. Students who have specific questions after completing the online exit counseling and prefer to have a "face-to- face" exit counseling Q & A, should contact the UTHSC Financial Aid Literacy Coordinator directly to schedule an appointment at or 901-448-1601.

Last Published: Sep 14, 2018