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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

We will post an update once the application process for the 2018/19 academic year is open.

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.

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 must not already have a Master's degree, or qualification that's equivalent or higer
  • 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

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

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 PGL 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 3 October 2018 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. 

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 will be available for the 2018-19 academic year and will open in summer 2018. An update will be posted once we have more information.

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
  • 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

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 higer
  • 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  

 

UK Private Graduate Loans (Professional and Career Development Loans)

Professional and Career Development Loans are commerical bank loans, for UK residents, to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

The University of Cambridge is a registered Learning Provider for this loan, and their registration number is 3834.

For further information, including eligiblity criteria, please visit the GOV.UK website

If you require loan forms to be signed please send them to the 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 bank).

 

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.