Ensure your loans are properly disbursed (applied to your Calvin account) by completing the following steps. First, select the type of loan you've elected to receive, and then complete the corresponding steps outlined under each.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans
  1. Go to www.studentloans.gov
  2. In the box titled "Manage My Direct Loan", click the green "Sign In" box.
    • To log in, you will need your FSA ID, which the Department of Education provided when you completed your FAFSA. Misplaced your FSA ID? Get help at the Federal Student Aid website.
  3. Complete your Master Promissory Note
    • Click on "Complete Master Promissory Note" and follow the instructions there.
    • You will receive immediate confirmation that your Master Promissory Note has been received and accepted. Print a copy of your Master Promissory Note for your records.
  4. Complete your entrance counseling
    • Click on "Complete Entrance Counseling" and follow the instructions there.
    • Complete the entrance counseling tutorial and entrance counseling quiz. The results of your quiz will be retrieved by Calvin's Financial Aid Office.
Federal Perkins Loan
  1. Once you have received notification from the Financial Aid Office that a Perkins Loan has been created in your name, log onto www.signmyloan.com.
  2. Click on the button "Request a PIN" and follow the instructions. If a loan has not been created for you, the system will not let you request a PIN.
  3. Sign into www.signmyloan.com using your new PIN. Complete signing the Promissory Note.
  4. You may print a copy of the signed note for your records.

Important terms

Subsidized loans
Won't accrue interest while you are enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours), in deferment (postponed with approval) or in your grace period.
Unsubsidized loans
Accrue interest while you're in school. Interest payments are not mandatory while you're in school, but any interest accrued will turn into principal once the loan is in repayment.
Payment of the loan to your tuition, room & board account at Calvin. For a full year student, this will happen once in the fall and once in the spring.
Promissory note
Binding legal document that MUST be signed by the student for a student loan. It lists conditions, rights and responsibilities of borrowing and repayment. For Perkins Loans, this must be signed every year. For Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans, this must only be signed once (Master Promissory Note).
For private loans, this is the person who will be responsible for making payments if the primary borrower becomes unable or unwilling to make payments on the loan. A parent, spouse or other relative may be a good candidate for co-signing. All of our alternative loan preferred lenders strongly suggest a co-signer in order to obtain the best interest rates and repayment terms possible.

Leaving Calvin?

If you discontinue your education for any reason, you must contact the office of financial aid regarding your loans. You must also complete exit loan counseling.


If you wish to reduce or cancel your loan(s) or wish to sign a paper promissory note instead of the electronic note, please contact our office.