Exit Counseling

Exit Counseling is required for any student who has received Direct Student Loans at Western, and has dropped below half time (6 credits), or has completed a program (graduated).

If you do need to complete Exit Counseling, please take the time to complete this "Before You Go" worksheet, as it will provide you with a convenient location to record the information you gather while reviewing and completing Exit Counseling.

Exit Counseling Q & A

I received Exit Counseling materials in the mail, but I have completed Exit Counseling before. Why do I have to complete it again?
It is likely a student will be required to complete Exit Counseling several times during his/her college career, as it is required EACH TIME a student:

  • Drops below half-time enrollment (6 credits)
  • Completes a program (or graduates)
  • Transfers to another college or university

I just completed the Practical Nursing (LPN) program, but I am continuing in the Nursing – Associate Degree (N-AD) program. Why do I have to complete Exit Counseling?
As stated above, EACH TIME a student completes a program, he/she must complete Exit Counseling. Student loans will remain on 'in-school deferment' (deferred payments) as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).

Does completing Exit Counseling affect my ability to receive student loans in the future?
No, completing Exit Counseling in no way affects a student's ability to receive student loans, or any other Federal Financial Aid funds, in the future.