Financial support available

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

Course length academic years

Maximum Postgraduate Loan available per year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4















A Postgraduate Loan isn't based on household income.

Getting paid

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

Payments will be made to the student in three instalments of 33%, 33% and 34% for each academic year. For example, if the student is studying a one year full-time course, they will get £10,280 paid to them 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

Students may be able to get Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) if they 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 students may have as a direct result of their disability.

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

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

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