A Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your master's course. You can apply for a loan of up to £11,222 at www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan.
At a glance
- Funding valueLoans of up to £11,222
- Suitable for Applicants fromUK, EU
- DeadlineOn going
- Funding provider(s)Student Finance England
What it coversYou can apply for a loan of up to £11,222 (2020/21 amount) as a contribution towards your course and living costs.
Who can apply
To be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan, you must:
- Be studying a taught or research master’s course,
- Be under 60-years-old at the start of the first academic year of your course, and
- Normally live in England*.
If you’re studying full-time, your course can last for one or two years. If you’re studying part-time your course must be two years (for the equivalent one-year full-time course) or up to four years (for the equivalent two-year full-time course). If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a master’s course in England.
*The Governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have introduced Postgraduate Loans for UK students who are normally resident in Northern Ireland (tuition fee only), Scotland and Wales. Applications are now open and loans can be granted to study at any UK university (except Scotland - loan eligibility for students studying outside Scotland are limited to those full-time courses that are not offered at a Scottish University).
More information can be found on The Student Room website.
Facts about repaying your Postgraduate Loan
Repayments are based on your income, not what you borrowed.
Interest is charged at the Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 3% from the day we make your first payment to you until your Postgraduate Loan is repaid in full or written off.
You can make a voluntary repayment towards your Postgraduate Loan at any time.
If you’re planning to work or travel abroad for more than three months after you finish or leave your course, you must let us know.
How are repayments taken?
No repayments will be taken towards your Postgraduate Loan before 1 April after you leave your course and only then when your income is over the current threshold of £21,000 a year.
If you’re employed, your employer will take repayments directly from your salary along with tax and National Insurance. If you stop working or your income drops, your repayments will automatically stop until you’re earning over the threshold again. Your employer will pass your repayments to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at the end of the tax year.
If you’re self-employed HMRC will tell you how much you need to repay after you’ve completed your self-assessment tax return.
After the end of the tax year HMRC let Student Finance England know how much you’ve repaid and they will send you a statement. They’ll let your employer know when it’s time to stop taking repayments.
How repayments are calculated
You’ll repay 6% of what your income over the current threshold (£404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 a year) towards your Postgraduate Loan.
So, if you’re paid monthly and earn £2,500 a month before tax, you’ll repay 6% of the difference between what you earn and the monthly threshold (£1,750).
£2,500 - £1,750 = £750
6% of £750 = £45
So your Postgraduate Loan repayment would be £45 that month.
A repayment will be taken even if you don’t earn £21,000 in a year but exceed the weekly or monthly threshold at any time, for example if you work overtime or get a bonus.
If you already have a student loan
A Postgraduate Loan won’t affect the repayment of any other student loans you already have for an undergraduate course. If you’ve had any other loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC) you’ll repay these at the same time.
How to apply
Applications are now open at www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan.
Please note: If you are a UK student resident in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales (Wales part-time courses only) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1234 758181 before you apply for your loan. Your course will need to be added to the online application system to allow you to complete your application.