Direct Loan Application Procedures

In order to be considered for a Federal Direct Loan, you must:

  1. Submit a Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year, and file any additional documents that may be required.
  2. Complete an Entrance Loan Counseling Session online here: time borrowers and returning borrowers who did not have a loan in the prior award year at Cal State LA must attend an Entrance Loan Counseling Session.  Borrowers who had a loan in the prior award year at Cal State LA do not have to attend another entrance Loan Counseling Session.
  3. Sign the Master Promissory Note, if required. This can be done electronically by going to and following the instructions. If you wish to sign a paper MPN, please contact the Center for Student Financial Aid. Master Promissory Notes may be valid for multiple academic years.
  4. If you have previously declined your loans, you may complete the Federal Direct Loan Application to have your loan eligibility reevaluated.