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If you're looking to study part-time for a University qualification, you could be eligible for a student loan from the government.

Undergraduate loans

Part-time students can currently apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £6,750 to cover the cost of University fees. This loan replaces the Grants scheme previously in place. Maintenance grants will only be available to full-time students.

To be eligible for a loan your course of study must be equivalent to at least 25% of a full-time course each year. At ICE, our Undergraduate Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are generally equivalent to 50% of full-time study.

Please note that you will not be eligible for a loan if you are studying for a lesser or equivalent qualification to one you already have.

If you receive a loan, the funds will be paid directly to the Institute of Continuing Education.

Student finance: how to apply - on the GOV.UK website

As loans can take some time to process, please apply as soon as you can. We will need to see your Student Entitlement Letter, which can be sent to the Admissions team by email:

Postgraduate loans

Are you thinking about starting a postgraduate Master’s course? A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay your course fee.

Can I get a Postgraduate Loan?

  • you have to be studying a taught or research-based Master’s course
  • you can be studying at a university or college or by distance learning
  • your course can be two years long (for the equivalent one year full-time course) or up to four years long (for the equivalent two year full-time course)
  • you have to be under 60 at the start of the first academic year of your course; and
  • you must normally live in England.

If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England you may still be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course at a university or college in England.

What can I get?

You can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,280 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2017. This will be a contribution towards your course fees and living costs while you’re studying, and has to be paid back.

If your course lasts for two or more years, you'll get the first half of the loan in your first year and the rest in your second year.

Each year’s amount will be paid in three instalments of 33%, 33% and 34%.

How to apply

Apply for a Postgraduate Loan - on the GOV.UK website. You’ll only have to apply once, even if your course is longer than one year.

A handy quick guide, Introduction to Postgraduate Loans (PDF file), is available on the Student Finance England website. More information and resources about Postgraduate Loans will be available soon, so check back often.

Course type: 
Part-time Master's Degree
Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
Undergraduate Certificate/Diploma

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