**Stafford Loan Maximum**

The maximum Stafford Loan amount that you can receive is based on your grade level and status as a student. Independent students may be eligible to borrow more because they are paying for college without assistance from their family.

Dependency status is still determined by the school, even though the student is financing their education on their own.

**Dependent Undergraduate students** (except students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans) each year can borrow up to:

**Year 1**: $5,500 - if you're a first-year student enrolled in a program of study that is at least a full academic year. No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

**Year 2**: $6,500 - if you've completed your first year of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year. No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

**Year 3** **and Beyond**: $7,500 - if you've completed two years of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year. No more $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

The total Maximum Debt from Stafford Loans when you graduate can not be greater than $31,000. No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

**Independent undergraduate students** (and dependent students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans) each year can borrow up to:

**Year 1**: $9,500 - if you're a first-year student enrolled in a program of study that is at least a full academic year. No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

**Year 2**: $10,500 - if you've completed your first year of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year. No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

**Year 3** **and Beyond**: $12,500 - if you've completed two years of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year. No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

The total maximum debt from Stafford Loans when you graduate can not be greater than $57,500. No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

**Graduate and professional students** enrolled in certain health profession programs may receive additional unsubsidized Stafford Loan amounts each academic year beyond those shown above. For these students, there is also an increased aggregate loan limit of $224,000 (maximum $65,500 subsidized).

Also, the maximum Stafford Loan award amount that a student is eligible to receive cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance. All other sources of financial aid will also be taken into consideration when determining the maximum Stafford Loan amount.

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