SBA to stop accepting PPP applications once $349B limit reached

Breaking news from the ABA:

The Small Business Administration will stop accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans once the processed loan volume reaches the $349 billion level authorized by the CARES Act, the SBA said in a communication to stakeholders tonight.

Once that point is reached “in the near future,” SBA said, “lenders will no longer be able to load PPP applications into the Capital Access Financial System (CAFS or E-Tran).” Loan applications received by banks but not yet submitted to SBA will not be able to be completed.

Furthermore, the agency said it is “unable to maintain a queue for PPP applications,” and “PPP loan amounts may not be adjusted by lenders within the CAFS system.” Once funds are exhausted, SBA will no longer accept applications from lenders to make PPP loans.

Based on approved PPP loan totals this afternoon, it is possible that the limit will be reached tonight or early tomorrow. ABA and the state bankers associations are strongly advocating for Congress immediately to authorize new PPP funding to meet the payroll needs of small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the ABA/joint trades letter on PPP funding.

Read the state association letter on PPP funding.