Postgraduate loans

5. How to apply

You can apply now for courses:

  • starting in the 2017 to 2018 academic year
  • that started in the 2016 to 2017 academic year

Check whether you’re eligible before you apply.

You only need to apply once for the Postgraduate Loan, even if your course is longer than one year. Student Finance England will write to you in summer to tell you how much you’ll get in the next academic year.

If you apply for a Postgraduate Loan, you won’t be eligible for an Adult Dependants’ Grant, a Childcare Grant or Parents’ Learning Allowance.

Apply online

If you’ve taken out a loan with Student Finance England before, use your account to apply.

If you don’t already have one, set up an account.

Apply by post

If you can’t apply online, apply by post - the address is on the form.

Courses that start on or after 1 August 2017

Courses that started before 1 August 2017

When to apply by

The deadline for applying depends on when you start your course.

If you start in the 2017 to 2018 academic year

You need to apply within 9 months of the first day of the last academic year of the course.

If you started in the 2016 to 2017 academic year

You need to apply within 9 months of the first day of the:

• first academic year, for one-year courses
• second academic year, for courses that are 2-years or longer

The academic year

The academic year is a period of 12 months.

The first day of your academic year depends when your course starts.

Course start date between First day of academic year
1 August and 31 December 1 September
1 January and 31 March 1 January
1 April and 30 June 1 April
1 July and 31 July 1 July

Example If your course started on 17 October 2016 and you’re studying for 2 years, you need to apply within 9 months of 1 September 2017.

Proof of identity

Include valid UK passport details in your application. Use the ‘UK passport details’ form if you need to send the details after your application. Don’t send the passport itself.

If you don’t have a UK passport (or it has expired), send your birth or adoption certificate using the ‘Birth or adoption certificate form’.

If you’re an EU national, send your passport or national identity card.

Supporting information

You should use the evidence return form for extra information to support your application, for example evidence of your residency status.

You may also be asked to complete the UK employment status form.

Change an application

Use your online account to change your personal details, for example bank or contact details. Contact Student Finance England directly if you don’t have an account.

Change the amount you’ve asked for

Use the loan request form to change the amount you’ve applied for - you can’t do this online.

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2017:

If your course started before 1 August 2017:

Other changes

Use the change of circumstances form if you need to change any other details, for example your university or course. You can’t do this online.

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2017:

If your course started before 1 August 2017:

Taking a break or withdrawing from your course

Tell your institution straight away if you need to withdraw from your course. It may affect your future payments and eligibility for funding. There’s detailed guidance with more information.