Student Financial Services

Accepting your Award & Post-Award Requirements

Electronically view and accept the award (MaineStreet)

Once you are in MaineStreet, select Student Self-Service and continue to the Student Center. When you click on the Financial Aid tab you can see your financial aid package. Be sure to complete the “Accept Your Award” section. Please note the "Accept Your Award" link only works once and all subsequent changes need to be reported directly to the Financial Aid Office. Future updates and changes to your financial aid will be sent to your USM email address and can be viewed in MaineStreet. You should regularly visit MaineStreet for updates from Student Financial Services and other offices at USM.

Entrance Interview for first time Direct Loan borrowers

All first time borrowers must complete an Entrance Interview to make sure they know their Rights and Responsibilities as a borrower. The Entrance Counseling session must be completed prior to the processing of your loan request. Loan requests will not be processed until the Entrance Counseling session has been completed.  

We also recommend visiting the Financial Aid Calculator web site to help you determine your future payments based on your Direct Loan balance.

You may complete your Entrance Counseling requirements online. Confirmation of your successful completion will be sent to USM Student Financial Services automatically.

Master Promissory Note (MPN)

All Direct Loan borrowers must sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) after you accept your Direct Loan. The MPN must be completed before your loan funds will be released to the school. Please sign your MPN at


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