Postgraduate Masters loans
Alongside the awards and scholarships offered by the Royal Agricultural University, there is financial support available from the Government to help EU/UK postgraduate students cover the costs of living and studying. Funding is available whether you are studying taught or research Masters.
How to apply
Applying for a Postgraduate Masters loan is a straightforward process. For courses starting after 1 August 2018, you can borrow up to £10,609 in total for your course, to contribute to your tuition fee and living costs. The loan will not be means tested and payment will be made directly to you.
You will get the first payment after your course start date, once the university confirms that you’ve registered. After your application has been approved, you’ll be sent a letter with your payment dates or you can check them in your online account.
Below is an example of how payments may be made for different study options. These will be confirmed in writing by the Student Loans Company once your loan has been approved.
One Year Course
Two Year Course
|Total Per Year||£10,609||£5,304.50|
|Term 1 – 33%||£3,500.97||£1,750.49|
|Term 2 – 33%||£3,500.97||£1,750.49|
|Term 3 – 34%||£3,607.06||£1,803.52|
Visit the following links to find the right Postgraduate Masters loan application form for you, with accompanying guidance:
Students from England: www.gov.uk/masters-loan
Students from Wales: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
Students from Scotland: www.saas.gov.uk
Students from Northern Ireland: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
You may also be eligible for additional funding if you have a disability.
After changes made in Parliament, all higher education providers must now register with a brand new HE Regulator (the Office for Students) for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We are expecting the outcome of our application in September. We have made an application to register and expect a decision after July 2018. Whilst we don't anticipate any issues with our registration, no provider will be able to confirm whether student finance is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Repaying your loans
You'll be due to start making repayments the April after you finish or leave your course and only if your income is over the repayment threshold. The current threshold is £21,000 a year before tax and National Insurance.
Who can apply?
These loans are available for both taught and research masters courses starting in academic year 2018/19. This includes MSc, MBA and MRes courses but not research degrees such as PhD degrees.
To get a Postgraduate Master’s loan you must meet certain criteria on nationality and residency, age and previous study. To find out if you are eligible for a Postgraduate Masters loan please visit www.gov.uk/masters-loan/eligibility.
When to apply
The deadline for applying depends on when you start your course. If you started in 2017/2018 academic year you will be able to apply up to 9 months after you have started your course.
Please note, if you apply after your course has started, your payments are likely to be delayed.
If you would like to read more about Postgraduate Masters loans you can do so here.
Here is a short video explaining more about Postgraduate Masters loans and how they work.
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
For further information on Postgraduate Loans, you can visit SFE’s student finance zone on The Student Room which has been updated with a dedicated Postgraduate Loan section and includes answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
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