Student Finance

Postgraduate Funding

There are a number of options available to help support you through that next qualification.

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Postgraduate Master's Loan & Doctoral Loan

Student Finance England (SFE) offers a £10,609 loan to Master's students & a £25,000 loan to students studying on a postgraduate Doctoral course that starts on or after 1st August 2018..

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Postgraduate Loans are also available from Student Finance Wales (SFW), Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) & Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)



Postgraduate Scholarships

The University has an £11 million Scholarship Fund to provide a variety of financial support opportunities for postgraduate students.

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If you studied your undergraduate course at Kent (or a sibling or parent has studied here), you may be eligible for a discount on your tuition fees.

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Professional and Career Development Loans.

A Professional and Career Development Loan could help you to pay for learning that enhances your job skills or career prospects. It is a bank loan, so you’ll have to pay it back once you’ve left your course. However, you don’t pay interest for the period when you’re in learning.

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Disabled Students' Allowances.

Postgraduate students with an impairment, health condition or learning difficulty may be able to get financial help from Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA's). You can apply for DSA's for both taught and research places.

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Charities and Trusts

Many charities and trusts provide grants to postgraduate students. In particular, they often reserve funds for students from poorer backgrounds or those who've achieved academic excellence.

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Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund provides discretionary financial assistance for students to access and remain in higher education, particularly those students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met other sources of support.

Students should be aware that ALF is intended to act as a safety net for those in financial difficulty, who have exhausted all other forms of funding, rather than a main source of income, and that ALF cannot be used to pay your tuition fees.

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More Information

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Last Updated: 04/06/2018