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Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

(Students from Northern Ireland and EU*)


 

The Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE) provides a tuition fee loan of
up to £5,500 per student for postgraduate study. 

Please note that for courses completed over more than 1 year, you may not be able to draw down the maximum available loan. If your course fees are higher in any year than the amount of loan available, you will need to pay the difference to the university. 

Northern Irish postgraduate loans at a glance
Overview: Student loans for taught and research postgraduate courses in all subjects.
Value:

1 year course

The maximum you can apply for is up to £5,500 for tuition fees.

If your course is longer than 1 year

For a 2 year course, you can apply for a loan up to a maximum of £2,750 each year.

For a 3 year course, you can apply for a loan up to a maximum of £1,833 for the first 2 years and £1,834 in the 3rd year.

Example of a 2 year course:

Year 1: Rachel is undertaking 60 CATs. The course fee is £1,967. This is less than the maximum available loan of £2,750, however, the unused amount cannot be drawn down or carried forward to the following year.

Year 2: Rachel is undertaking 120 CATs. The course fee is £3,933 but the maximum available loan is £2,750. Rachel will have to pay the remaining £1,183 to the university.

Students: UK nationals ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland / EU students studying in Northern Ireland.
Location: Any UK university.
Repayment:

9% of earnings over £18,935 per year, £1,481 per month or £341 per week before tax and national insurance


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

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

*subject to eligibility; please see below for details. 

More details on the loan



Who is eligible?

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.

More details on eligibility


 

Which courses are eligible?

The postgraduate tuition fee loan is 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 2020/21 are due to open in May 2020.

For full terms and conditions please contact Student Finance NI:

*Terms and conditions apply

More details on applying and how it's paid

Postgraduate loan guide

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SFNI Postgraduate Loan Guide

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