The Northern Ireland government has introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for UK Nationals (and those with settled status in the UK) who have most recently been resident in Northern Ireland.
Loans are available to those who are due to commence Masters, Diploma and Certificate programmes in the 2017-2018 academic session.
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 for postgraduate study. You have to be studying a taught or research Masters, Diploma or Certificate programme.
You will not be eligible for PGL if:
taught or research postgraduate diploma programmes of no more than three years in length;
taught or research postgraduate certificate programmes of no more than three years in length;
study an eligible programme by undertaking distance learning in Northern Ireland (subject to restrictions on personal eligibility).
Programmes not eligible
You can apply online at Student Finance Northern Ireland
You only apply once, even if your programme is longer than one year.
You can amend the amount of loan requested up to one month before the end of the academic year but you cannot request less than has been paid.
The maximum TFL available is £5,500 per course, capped as follows:
Payments will be released after you have registered on your degree programme and you have been in attendance for two weeks at the start of the academic session.
Payments will be made direct to the University in three instalments per academic year.
No payments will be released until you have given the SLC your valid National Insurance Number (NINO).
For Northern Ireland domiciled students Plan 1 repayment terms apply to the PG TFL.