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If you’re starting a Masters course, whether studying full or part-time, you could get a Masters Loan to help with your course fees and living costs while you’re studying. Masters Loans are available for many of our postgraduate taught degrees and are provided by Student Finance.
You can apply for a Masters Loan if you:
Are studying a taught or research Masters course such as an MA, MSc or MBA
Are under 60 years old (59 or younger) at the beginning of your course
Are ordinarily resident in England or elsewhere in the EU / EEA or Switzerland
How do I know if my course is eligible?
Most full and part time masters courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan, but if you are not sure on a specific course's eligibility please contact us.
You can apply for funding if your course is:
You won't be able to apply for funding if your course:
No, loans aren’t available for shorter postgraduate courses such as postgraduate certificates or postgraduate diplomas. They're only available for full Masters degree programmes. These courses are usually worth 180 credits and include a dissertation or equivalent individual project
You can apply for a loan of up to £11,222 towards your tuition fees, study expenses or living costs. You don't need an offer of a place to apply and you can even apply if you have an existing undergraduate loan.
No, £11,222 is the maximum amount you can borrow (for courses commencing in academic year 2020/21). It’s possible to borrow a smaller amount to cover tuition fees or living costs. There is no minimum loan amount.
No, Masters Loans aren’t means-tested. You can apply regardless of your existing income or savings.
The loan will be paid directly into your bank account in three instalments. If your course is taught over one year it’ll be paid over the following dates:
Course start date
Course start date plus 4 months
Course start date plus 7 months
You’ll receive your first payment within 3-5 working days of the University confirming to the Student Loans Company that you have started your course.
If your course is taught over 2, 3 or 4 academic years, payments will be split equally over the duration of your course.
The earliest you’ll start repaying your loan is from the April after you leave your course and only then if your annual income is over the minimum threshold (currently frozen at £21,000 until 2021).
You'll repay 6% of your annual income over £21,000. If your salary is £30,000 per annum, the 6% repayment would apply to £9,000, meaning you'd repay around £45 per month. If your income falls below £21,000 a year, for any reason, repayments will stop until your income rises above the threshold again.
For further details including how much you’ll repay and how interest on the loan is calculated please visit Student Loan Repayment.
Yes, Masters Loans will be subject to interest in the same way as other student loans. For further information on how interest is calculated please visit Student Loan Repayment.
You can either apply online through the Student Finance website or download and print the application forms to send by post. You’ll only need to apply once, even if your course is longer than a year.
Note: The deadline for applying is nine months after the first day of either:
Your first academic year if you’re on a one-year, full-time course
Your second academic year if you’re on a two-year, full-time course or a three or four-year, part-time course
If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate or postgraduate taught degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees.
If you’d like information on how this relates to your circumstances, please contact Enquiries.
Alumni discount is reviewed annually and may change. The maximum discount rate for students commencing new course registrations in 2019/20 is 25%. To receive the full discount of 25% students must have progressed onto further study within two years of completing their previous studies.* Discounts will be reduced pro-rated if a student leaves the course which results in a fee reduction. If you have any further queries, please contact email@example.com.
*Students who progress onto further study more than two years after completing their previous studies will receive 10% off their course fees.
From 2018/19 Welsh-resident students will be able to apply for a Masters Loan of up to £13,000 for courses studied at UK universities.
You can apply online through the Student Finance Wales portal, or visit findamasters.com for more information.
Scotland offers separate loans for postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. As well as full Masters degrees, postgraduate diploma courses may also be eligible for funding.
Up to £5,500 towards tuition fees (paid direct to the university)
Up to £4,500 towards living costs (paid to the student)
Open to UK applicants ordinarily resident in Scotland for study anywhere in the UK (as long as the course is not available in Scotland)
Pay back 9% of your annual income when it is more than £17,775
You can apply online through the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) website or visit findamasters.com for more information.
Northern Ireland offers postgraduate loans for a wide range of courses including Masters degrees, PgDips and PgCerts, but only to cover tuition fees. There’s no additional support for living costs, but you may be eligible for the tuition fee loan even if you already have a postgraduate qualification.
Open to UK applicants ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland for study anywhere in the UK (as long as the course is not available in Northern Ireland)
Apply online through the Student Finance NI portal, or go to findamasters.com for further information.
EU students are eligible for Masters Loans. If your course starts in 2020/21, your loan won’t be affected by Brexit and you’ll continue to receive the loan for the duration of your course. Future eligibility will depend on the terms of the UK's Brexit negotiations.
Most of the eligibility criteria are the same as for UK students, but there are some differences. For more information on applying as an EU national, visit findamasters.com.
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For further information or if you have any queries about financial support for postgraduate students, please contact our Enquiries Team.
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