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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.Please e-mail: StudentLoans@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

UK Government Postgraduate Masters Loans

Applications are now open for students who will be commencing a Masters course in the 2020-2021 academic year.

England and the EU:

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 2019-20 the loans are up to £10,906.

For students who will be starting a Masters course in 2020-21 the loans are up to £11,222

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 national, or have EU settled status, or have indefinite leave to remain, 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 may be eligible if you're an EU national and meet the criteria detailed on the Student Finance England Master's Loan page (link below)
  • 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 higher
  • You must be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course

You can receive other funding as long as its not Public Funding (NHS bursary or Social Work Bursary) as detailed in the eligibility criterea.

Student finance for EU, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Lichenstein nationals from August 2021: If you're starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. This does not apply if you're an Irish national.

You can learn more about the Postgraduate Master's Loan on the Student Room website.

Further information, including detailed eligibility criteria, is available at: Student Finance England

Wales:

Students domiciled in Wales can apply for a Postgraduate Masters Loan through a scheme administered by Student Finance Wales.

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2020 you can apply for Postgraduate Master's Finance and receive up to £17,489 as a combination of grant and loans:

  • a maximum grant of £6,885 and loan of £10,604 if your household income is £18,370 and below
  • a grant of £1,000 and a loan of £16,489 if your household income is not taken into account or is above £59,200

If your household income is between £18,370 and £59,200, you can still apply for Postgraduate Master's Finance with your household income taken into account. You will receive some grant and the rest of your entitlement as loan depending on your household income.

If you're studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan and grant will be divided equally across each year of your course.

Further information including detailed eligibility criteria, is available at: Student Finance Wales

Scotland:

Students domiciled in Scotland can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. This is paid directly to the University. Students can also apply for a loan of up to £4,500 towards living costs. This is paid into your bank account in regular instalment during the academic year. If your course is one year in duration, you can receive the maximum loan in that year. If you are studying for two academic years then your loan is divided equally across each year of your course.

If you would like to apply for a SAAS funded Postgraduate Loan please email StudentLoans@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.

Further information including detailed eligibility criteria, is available at: Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Northern Ireland:

Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply for a tuiton fee loan of up to £5,500. This is paid directly to the University. If your course is one year in duration you can receive the maximum £5,500 in that year. If you are studying for two or three academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

If you would like to apply for a SFNI funded Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan please email StudentLoans@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.

Further information including detailed eligibility criteria, is available at: Student Finance Northern Ireland

Please refer to the links provided for information on Postgraduate Masters Loans, and if you have any additional questions please e-mail: StudentLoans@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 6 October 2020 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

Tips for filling out a postal PGL application:

  • Where it asks 'University name' put 'University of Cambridge';
  • Where it asks 'Name of campus/location' put the name of the College where you have college membership e.g. Darwin College;
  • Where is asks 'Course name'put the name of the course you will be studying eg Economics

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 students who will be commencing a Doctoral course in the 2020-2021 academic year.

England and the EU:

 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 and before 1 August 2020
  • An amount of up to £26,445 (for the whole course) for students who start their course on or after 1 August 2020
  • 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 national, or have EU settled status, or have indefinite leave to remain, 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 may be eligible if you're an EU national and meet the criteria detailed on the Student Finance England Doctoral Loan page (link below)
  • 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

Student finance for EU, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Lichenstein nationals from August 2021: If you're starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. This does not apply if you're an Irish national.

You can learn more about the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan at the Student Room website.

Further information, including detailed eligibility criteria, is available at: Student Finance England

Wales:

Students domiciled in Wales can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan through a scheme administered by Student Finance Wales.

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan will be:

  • An amount of up to £25,700 (for the whole course) for students who started their course on or after 1 August 2019 and before 1 August 2020
  • An amount of up to £26,445 (for the whole course) for students who start their course on or after 1 August 2020
  • 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

Further information including detailed eligibility criteria, is available at: Student Finance Wales 

Please refer to the links provided for information on Postgraduate Doctoral Loans, and if you have any additional questions please e-mail: StudentLoans@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 2020 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. 

Tips for filling out a postal PGL application:

  • Where it asks 'University name' put 'University of Cambridge';
  • Where it asks 'Name of campus/location' put the name of the College where you have college membership e.g. Darwin College;
  • Where is asks 'Course name' put the name of the course you will be studying eg Economics

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

If you require loan forms to be signed, please send them to Student Registry's Student Funding team StudentLoans@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).