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To decide whether a student is eligible for the Postgraduate Loan, we consider:
Their nationality or residency
A student may be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan if they:
They may also be eligible if they’re an EU national and both the following apply:
A student could also be eligible if their residency status is one of the following:
A student must be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year.
Any previous study
If a student already holds a Master’s level or higher level qualification, then they won’t be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan.
The Postgraduate Loan will be available to students studying a postgraduate Master’s course only (taught or research based) either full-time or part-time (including distance learning).
Examples of these awards are:
The course must be:
If a student plans to study a Master of Architecture (MArch) qualification full-time, they should apply for undergraduate support. The Postgraduate Loan will only be available for a MArch qualification if they’re ineligible for undergraduate funding. If they plan to study the MArch part-time, they should only apply for the Postgraduate Loan.
Health Related Courses
If a student is studying a health related course in England, they’ll not be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan if they:
This also applies if they’re studying a course in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and applying for a bursary from the equivalent authority.
Students won’t be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan if they’re already receiving undergraduate support in the same academic year.