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Loan Interviews

What You Need to Know

Loan entrance and exit interviews are required by the U.S. government for those receiving federal financial aid. Below is what you need to know before you receive your federal student load and after you leave Clark University.

Loan Entrance Interviews

All first-year students, including transfer students, who will be receiving federal student loans (Federal Perkins and/or Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan) are required to take part in an entrance interview.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Failure to complete an entrance interview will prevent your federal student loan proceeds from being disbursed to your student account, leaving you with a balance due.
  • You will be notified during the summer (mid-July) regarding the need to complete an entrance interview.
  • The entrance interview for Stafford Loans is done via the web at
  • The entrance interview for Perkins Loans is done via the web at Students will also electronically sign their Perkins Master Promissory note during the online entrance process.

Loan Exit Interviews

All Clark University graduates who have received Federally Guaranteed Student Loan Proceeds — including Perkins, Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Massachusetts No Interest Loans (NIL) — are required under federal law to take part in an exit interview.

Note: This requirement includes students who are no longer enrolled full time at Clark University,

Here’s what you need to know:

  • This is is a federal mandate. If you are graduating, your failure to complete an exit interview may result in your diploma being withheld.
  • All graduating students will receive notification from the Office of Student Accounts when it is time to compete their loan exit (typically, this notification is mailed the end of March).
  • Exits are done via the Web at
  • Students who withdraw from the University, or are enrolled less than half time, will be mailed exit interview materials at their home address and are asked to complete and return it in a timely manner.
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