Graduate Federal Direct Loan Limits

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds per academic year

Graduate students at the George Washington University may borrow up to $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds per academic year based on the number of credit hours for which they plan to enroll and the number of months in their selected loan period.  Students who feel they need more than the $20,500 maximum may wish to seek a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan or private alternative loan to further finance their educational costs. Students working on a graduate degree in Public Health or Health Administration, or a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology may have higher annual and aggregate Federal Direct Loan limits.

Graduate Programs Eligible for Higher Loan Limits

Students working on graduate degrees in the health professions displayed below are eligible to borrow up to a total of $37,167 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized funding per Academic Year. Eligibility is determined by the number of credits for which the student plans to enroll and the number of months in the selected loan period as stated on the Graduate Loan Questionnaire.

Eligible Programs

  • Executive Master of Health Administration: Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Master of Health Services Administration
  • Master of Public Health: Biostatistics
  • Master of Public Health: Community Oriented Primary Care
  • Master of Public Health: Environmental Health Science and Policy
  • Master of Public Health: Epidemiology
  • Master of Public Health: Epidemiology-Biostatistics
  • Master of Public Health: Global Environmental Health
  • Master of Public Health: Global Health
  • Master of Public Health: Global Health Communication
  • Master of Public Health: Global Health Policy
  • Master of Public Health: Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Master of Public Health: Health Policy
  • Master of Public Health: Health Promotion
  • Master of Public Health: Maternal and Child Health
  • Master of Public Health: Physical Activity in Public Health
  • Master of Public Health: Public Health
  • Master of Public Health: Public Health Communication and Marketing
  • Master of Public Health: Public Health Nutrition
  • Doctor of Public Health: Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Doctor of Public Health: Global Health
  • Doctor of Public Health: Health Behavior
  • Doctor of Public Health: Health Policy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health: Biostatistics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health: Epidemiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health: Health Policy
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Students in the Physician Assistant program are eligible for these extended limits only if they are in a joint MPH program with one of the above majors. Students working on degrees in Physical Therapy, Nursing, Healthcare MBA, or any other health related program not listed in the bullets are eligible for up to the $20,500 Federal Direct Loan annual maximum.