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Lifetime Limits and Aggregate Maximums for Financial Aid

All financial aid recipients are required to comply with the satisfactory academic progress policy and meet all federal eligibility requirements in order to establish and maintain eligibility for federal, state and need-based institutional financial aid. Scholarship recipients must also meet the specific eligibility requirements of the scholarships received. Most financial aid programs have annual and/or lifetime eligibility limits.

Type of Financial Aid

Type of Limit & Resources

Where to monitor usage

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Subsidized* and Unsubsidized Loan
Federal Grad PLUS Loan
  • Annual limit equal to your total cost of attendance (COA) minus any other financial aid received
  • No aggregate (cumulative) lifetime loan limit**
Federal TEACH Grant
Federal Perkins Loan The Federal Perkins Loan program has been discontinued by the Department of Education.
MAP Grant
  • Aggregate/lifetime limit (MAP Paid Credit Hours)
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* A Special Note to Undergraduate Students: If you borrowed or will borrow your first Federal Direct Subsidized Loan on or after July 1, 2013, there is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150 percent of the published length of your academic program for your undergraduate programs. More information is available in the federal student aid publication, Time Limitation on Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for First-Time Borrowers on or after July 1, 2013, or you may visit the student loan section under "Types of Aid" at

** While there are no set aggregate limits on the Federal Direct Grad PLUS loan, the Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to review a student's situation, including overall student loan debt, and to limit or refuse certification of future federal student loans as determined appropriate on a case-by-case basis. This could include a consideration of aggregate loan debt, enrollment history, borrowing history, and other factors as appropriate. The authority for this review is granted by Section 479A(c) of the Higher Education Act, as amended (HEA), and the Direct Loan Program regulations at 34 CFR 685.301(a)(8). Students have the right to appeal a decision to limit or refuse certification of future borrowing. More information on the appeal process is available in the Federal Direct Loan Debt Review FAQ.