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The following loans are available for University of Cambridge students:

An officer in the Student Registry's Student Funding team may assist with the administration of loans from outside lenders by confirming attendance and course dates, and certifying loan applications.Student Loans (Student.Loans@admin.cam.ac.uk)

 

UK Government Postgraduate Masters Loans

Applications are now open for UK and EU students domiciled in England and Wales who will be commencing a Masters course in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The UK Government provides Postgraduate Loans for Masters students through a scheme administered by Student Finance England.

For students who started a Masters course in 2017-18 the loans are up to £10,280.

For students who will be starting a Masters course in 2018-19 the loans are up to £10,609.

For students who will be starting a Masters course in 2019-20 the loans are up to £10,906.

A Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Masters study will be:

  • A contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs
  • Non-means tested
  • Paid directly to the student

Eligibility:

  • You must be a UK or EU national, or have settled status, so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay
  • You must normally live in England and didn't move here just to study
  • You will have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
  • You must not be eligible for an NHS bursary
  • You must not be getting a Social Work Bursary (unless you only get a Placement Allowance)
  • You've received or will receive Research Council funding (for example, studentships, stipends, scholarships and tuition fee support)
  • You must not already have a Master's degree, or qualification that's equivalent or higher
  • You must be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course

Further information, including detailed eligibility criteria, is available on https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Northern Ireland and Scotland also offer funding for postgraduate courses for new students from August 2017.

Students domiciled in Northern Ireland who would like to apply for a SFNI funded Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan please email student.loans@admin.cam.ac.uk with your full name and the name of the course you have been offered a place at Cambridge. We will then arrange for the course up on the SLC system and will explain how to find it when submitting your application.

Students domiciled in Scotland who would like to apply for a SAAS funded Postgraduate Loan please email student.loans@admin.cam.ac.uk with your full name and the name of the course you have been offered a place at Cambridge. We then will then arrange for the course to be set up on the SLC system and will explain how to find it when submitting your application.

Other helpful links:

www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=22757-Postgraduate-Loan

http://www.heinfo.slc.co.uk/guidance/sfe-postgraduate-loans.aspx

Please refer to the links provided for information on Postgraduate Masters Loans, and if you have any additional questions please e-mail: student.loans@admin.cam.ac.uk  

PLEASE NOTE:

The one year part time PGCE-MEd course, which follows on from the PGCE and leads to a Masters of Education, IS NOT ELIGIBLE for the Postgraduate Loan if you are a student domiciled in England or Wales.  This is because it is a top up course rather than a full masters and is excluded by SLC eligibility criteria.  For more information, please see page 2 of their guidance document here: http://www.heinfo.slc.co.uk/media/7490/pgl_courses_qa_ed4_250516.pdf

IMPORTANT GUIDANCE FOR COMPLETING THE PG MASTERS LOAN APPLICATION:

If you received an offer to study a postgraduate masters course at the University of Cambridge, and wish to apply for a postgraduate loan, please make sure you follow these steps when completing your PGL online application:

  • When asked “Where will you be studying?” search for ‘Cambridge’;
  • From the list returned, select ‘University of Cambridge’ NOT e.g. ‘Darwin College – University of Cambridge’ even if you already have college membership;
  • When asked “What course will you study?” search for your course name (e.g. Biological Sciences) – you should use the name of the course as specified in your offer letter;
  • If you have already been given college membership, please select the course option with the college name next to it. (e.g. Biological Science 1 year 8 October 2019 Churchill College)
  • If you do NOT yet have college membership, please select the course option which says ‘University of Cambridge – College not yet known’. This will allow you to progress with your application. 

Important information:

  • If you have selected the course option 'University of Cambridge - College not yet known please update your application with the correct college as soon as possilbe after your college membership has been confirmed and before the start of your course
  • If your application needs to be updated with any change of circumstances please make the updates before the start of your course

After the start of the course, it will be responsibility of the college to administer any changes to student’s circumstances, which might affect the loan (e.g. course change).

 

UK Government Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Applications are now open for eligible postgraduate doctoral students who will be commencing a Doctoral course in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The UK Government have introduced a new Postgraduate Doctoral Loan through a scheme administered by Student Finance England.

 A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan will be:

  • An amount of up to £25,000 (for the whole course) for students who started their course on or after 1 August 2018 and before 1 August 2019 
  • An amount of up to £25,700 (for the whole course) for students who started their course on or after 1 August 2019
  • Non-means tested
  • Paid directly to the student (3 equal instalments each year)
  • A contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs

Course:

  • Must be a full standalone doctoral course (not a top-up course)
  • have started on or after 1 August 2018
  • last between 3 to 8 academic years

Eligibility:

  • You must be a UK or EU national, or have settled status, so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay
  • You must normally live in England and didn't move here just to study
  • You will have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
  • You must not be receiving Research Council funding (studentships, stipends, scholarships and tuition fee support)
  • You must not be receiving a Social Work Bursary
  • You must not be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary
  • You must not already have a doctoral degree, or qualification that's equivalent or higher
  • You must not be receiving a doctorate by publication
  • You must be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course

Further information, including full detailed eligibility criteria, is available on:

https://www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan

Other helpful links:

www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=22757-Postgraduate-Loan

Please refer to the links provided for information on Postgraduate Doctoral Loans, and if you have any additional questions please e-mail: student.loans@admin.cam.ac.uk  

IMPORTANT GUIDANCE FOR COMPLETING THE PG DOCTORAL LOAN APPLICATION:

If you received an offer to study a postgraduate doctoral course at the University of Cambridge, and wish to apply for a postgraduate loan, please make sure you follow these steps when completing your PGL online application:

  • When asked “Where will you be studying?” search for ‘Cambridge’;

  • From the list returned, select ‘University of Cambridge’ NOT e.g. ‘Darwin College – University of Cambridge’ even if you already have college membership;

  • When asked “What course will you study?” put PhD in front of the course you will be studying (e.g. PhD in History). Some course names are under the department name e.g. for PhD in Theology and Religious Study you would need to input PhD in Divinity.

  • If you have already been given college membership, please select the course option with the college name under it – for example:

           PhD in History

           4 years 1 October 2019 Darwin College Doctoral Full time

  • If you do NOT yet have college membership, please select the course option which says ‘Cambridge University – College not yet known’. This will allow you to progress with your application. 

After the start of the course, it will be responsibility of the college to administer any changes to student’s circumstances, which might affect the loan (e.g. course change).

 

UK Private Graduate Loans (Professional and Career Development Loans)

IMPORTANT UPDATE copied from GOV.UK website: The Professional and Career Development Loan scheme has closed. This will not affect your existing loan.

 

US Loans

Students looking for information about US Loans should visit the US Loans pages for full information.

 

Canadian Loans

Canadian students can apply for loans through their home province, for further information see Canada Student Loans and Grants

For information on private loans available to Canadian Students please follow this link to Global Education Management Services.

If you require loan forms to be signed, please send them to Student Registry's Student Funding team student.loans@admin.cam.ac.uk clearly stating where you wish the completed form to be sent (i.e. to you at your college, or directly to the relevant Canadian agency).

Indian Loans

For information on private loans available to Indian Students please follow this link to Global Education Management Services.