The federal government limits the total and annual amount of Federal Direct Loan(s) that students can borrow. Walden University defines its annual award year as three quarters or three semesters for course-based programs.
For Tempo Learning® programs, the annual borrowing limit is based on the minimum weeks and credit equivalencies in the program’s financial aid academic year and students cannot borrow a new annual loan limit until both requirements are met (please see Financial Aid Disbursement Process and Requests for Excess Funds for Tempo Learning® Programs for program specific information). Students cannot exceed the annual Federal Direct Loan limits in the award year. Loans borrowed at a prior institution can impact the student’s eligibility at Walden. The Office of Financial Aid may ask students to provide additional information about prior loans in order to process new loans at Walden.
Undergraduate annual borrowing ranges from $3,500 to $5,500 depending on year in school and expected family contributions (EFC).
Effective July 1, 2021, the FAFSA Simplification Act, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, repealed the 150% Subsidized Usage Limit Applies (SULA) requirements. For Direct Subsidized Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2021, there is no longer a time limitation. Prior to July 1, 2021, a first-time borrower was subject to a limit on the maximum period of time they could receive Direct Subsidized Loans. Previously, they could not receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of their academic program. For Walden’s course-based bachelor’s degree programs, the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan maximum eligibility period was 6.5 academic years. For the Tempo Learning® programs, the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan maximum eligibility period was 6 years.
1 Master of Public Health students may be eligible for up to $33,000 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans annually.
These loans are limited annually by the cost of attendance minus any financial aid received.
The federal government limits the aggregate amount of Federal Direct Loans that students can borrow in their lifetime. The lifetime aggregate limits for federal student loans (Federal Family Education Loan [FFEL] Program and Direct Loans) are as follows:
2 Master of Public Health students may be eligible for up to $224,000 combined (only $65,000 may be subsidized; includes amounts borrowed as an undergraduate student).
Student loan borrowers are responsible for knowing the total amount of federal loans they have borrowed and the amount remaining to borrow. Having sufficient remaining eligibility is important to a student’s ability to successfully complete their academic program. A summary of each student’s federal loan debt is available by logging in to StudentAid.gov.
The Student Aid Report (SAR) may indicate that a student has inadvertently borrowed in excess of the Federal Direct Loan limits. For example, a prior institution may have inadvertently allowed a student to borrow federal undergraduate loans in excess of undergraduate limits while not exceeding the graduate loan limits. Before Walden can offer graduate-level Federal Direct Loans to the student, the student must reaffirm the debt by either consolidating the prior loans that exceed the limits or by obtaining a reaffirmation letter from the holder of the loans. Another example would be if a prior institution inadvertently allowed a student to exceed graduate loan limits.
Before Walden can offer Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, the student must reaffirm the debt by either consolidating the prior loans that exceed the limits or by obtaining a reaffirmation letter from the holder of the loans.
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