New PLUS loan Entrance Counseling Requirement effective March 29, 2015

All graduate/professional and parent PLUS loan borrowers who have a determination of adverse credit history from the Department of Education, but who are later successful in the appeal of this
determination, will be required to undergo special loan counseling prior to receiving their PLUS loans.

This applies to all successful graduate/professional students and parents regardless of the method of the appeal. Those who were reconsidered based on extenuating circumstances or who obtained an endorser for the loan must complete the special counseling. This special counseling is separate from entrance counseling required of all borrowers.

The Department of Education provides this additional counseling through www.studentloans.gov. Mason cannot disburse loan proceeds to a student subject to this new requirement until the Office of Student Financial Aid has received confirmation of its completion.