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Non-UM Study Abroad - No Longer Eligible for Financial Aid

Effective beginning Spring Semester 2015, the University of Miami will no longer participate in non-UM consortium agreements; therefore, there will be no financial aid available for these programs (including, but not limited to, private education loans).


On August 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which put into place automatic federal budget cuts, known as the “sequester.” While this law does not otherwise change the amount, terms, or conditions of your Direct Loans it does increase or decrease the loan fees on these loans whose first disbursement is on or after December 1, 2014.

Effective October 1 2017, the Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized origination fee will increase from 1.069 % of your loan amount to 1.066 %. The Direct PLUS Loan origination fee will increase from 4.276% of your loan amount to 4.264 %.

Financial Aid Census Date / Enrollment Freeze

Financial aid awards will be set according to a census date or date of fixed enrollment. All financial aid awards will be set according to the enrollment in effect at the close of business on the last day of the drop/add period each regular term semester. Students must be enrolled full time at the census date to be eligible to receive UM scholarship and institutional need based funding for that term. No adjustments will be made to the financial aid awards for any enrollment changes (increases or decreases) made after this date with two exceptions:

• Bright Futures awards will continue to be adjusted (increased or decreased) according to any change in the enrolled credits.
• The aid award package for students with federal financial aid and who completely withdraw (drop to 0 credits enrolled) will be adjusted according to the regulatory required “Return To Title IV Calculation.”

Time Limitation of Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for First-Time Borrowers Effective July 1, 2013

There is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that a student can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, students may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of their program. For more information regarding this 150% limitation on Direct Subsidized Loans please click here.

Lifetime Limit to the Federal Pell Grant Program Beginning 2012-2013

Effective beginning the 2012-2013 award year a student’s eligibility for receiving the Federal Pell Grant will be limited to 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent). This change applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students. It is not limited to students who receive their First Federal Pell Grant on or after 2008-2009 award year. We will calculate the Pell Grant duration for a student by adding together each annual percentages of a student’s scheduled award that was actually disbursed to the student. For example, a student whose 2011-2012 Federal Pell Grant award was $5,550, but who received $2,775 because she was only enrolled for one semester, will have used 50% of that award year’s schedules award. Similarly, a student who was enrolled three quarter time (9 credits) for the 2011-2012 award year would have used 75% of their scheduled award.