Maximum Allowable Loan Amounts for Federal Stafford Loans

Students borrowing a Federal Stafford Loan, including subsidized and/or unsubsidized, are subject to the following loan limits:

  • Annual Maximum Loan Limit: Restricts the total amount of Stafford Loans that may be borrowed during the academic year (fall, spring, and/or summer).
    • The combined total (Federal Stafford Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loans) cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance (COA) minus other financial aid or the maximum academic year amount allowable by law, whichever is less.
  • Aggregate Maximum Loan Limit: Restricts the amount of Stafford Loans that may be borrowed over a student's college career.

Please note: First-time undergraduate borrowers on or after July 1, 2013, have a limit on the period of time they may receive Subsidized Stafford loans. The time period is measured in academic years.

The maximum annual amount you can borrow in the form of a Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan(s) is determined by your class level and dependency status.

Annual Maximum Loan Limits

  Dependent Student Independent Student
Freshman:
0 - 29 credit hours
$5,500
(no more than $3,500 subsidized)
$9,500
(no more than $3,500 subsidized)
Sophomore:
30 - 59 credit hours
$6,500
(no more than $4,500 subsidized)
$10,500
(no more than $4,500 subsidized)
Junior/Senior:
60+ credit hours
7,500
(no more than $5,500 subsidized)
$12,500
(no more than $5,500 subsidized)
Graduate level N/A $20,500
(all unsubsidized beginning Fall 2012)

Aggregate Maximum Loan Limits

  Amount
Dependent Student $31,000 (no more than $23,000 subsidized)
Independent Student $57,500 (no more than $23,000 subsidized)
Graduate $138,500 (no more than $65,500 subsidized)

The higher maximum loan for independent students reflects a combination of Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

First-time Undergraduate Borrowers on or after July 1, 2013

You may receive subsidized Stafford loans only up to 150% of the published length of your program. For example, students who are enrolled in program designed to take four years may receive subsidized Stafford loans for a period of six years (150 percent of 4 years = six years). For more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.