Financial support available

The Postgraduate Loan will be paid directly to you as a contribution towards your course and living costs. The maximum available will be £10,280 per course; the amount you get per year depends on the length of your course.

Course length academic years

Maximum Postgraduate Loan available per year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4















Postgraduate Loans are not based on your household income.

Getting paid

You will get the first payment when you start your course, and your university or college confirms that you’ve registered.

Payments will be made in three instalments of 33%, 33% and 34% for each academic year. For example, if you’re studying a one year full-time course, you will get £10,280 paid to you over three instalments; the first and second instalment would be £3,392.40, and the third instalment would be £3,495.20.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You may be able to get Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) if you have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs are grants to help pay the essential extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability.

The maximum DSAs available for postgraduate students is a single allowance of £10,590. This will be less if you study part-time. You don’t have to apply for a Postgraduate Loan to receive this additional support.

DSA guides

For more information, download the Disabled Students’ Allowances guide:

We’ve produced a quick guide about DSAs.

You won’t be able to get Dependants’ Grants such as Adult Dependants’ Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant.

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