Postgraduate loans in Northern Ireland and EU

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

(Students from Northern Ireland and EU*)


From the academic year 2018/19, the Government will provide a tuition fee loan of
up to £5,500 per student for postgraduate study. 

The postgraduate tuition fee loan (PG TFL) for postgraduate study will be:

  1. A tuition fee loan
  2. Non-means tested
  3. Paid directly to the University

*subject to eligibility; please see below for details. 

Who is eligible?

You must commence the course in the academic year 2018/19 or later (i.e. on or after 1st August 2017).
There is no age limit, upper or lower, for the loan.

The loan will be available to:

UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the academic year of their course. They must have been most recently resident in Northern Ireland and must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course.

Temporary absences from the home address, such as for education or travelling, will not prevent an applicant being eligible. Eligible UK nationals may use the postgraduate tuition fee loan in any UK authority funded Higher Education Provider.

EU Nationals

Individuals may be eligible if they are an EU national or if they have residency status of refugee in the UK, leave to enter or remain in the UK, EEA or Swiss migrant workers, a family member of any of the previous categories, or a child of a Swiss national, or child of a Turkish worker.

Eligible EU nationals may use the postgraduate tuition fee loan in any NI authority funded Higher Education Provider.


Which courses are eligibile?

The postgraduate tuition fee loan will be available for the following postgraduate courses:

**Note: Students will only be eligible to take out one Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan.

Students will not be eligible for repeat funding, even where they do not complete the course, unless they have a compelling personal reason.


When to Apply

Applications for the academic year 2018/19 are due to open in Spring 2018.

For full terms and conditions please contact Student Finance NI:

*Terms and conditions apply

Postgraduate loan guide

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SFNI Postgraduate Loan Guide

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