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  Postgraduate Funding

The following information should help you get started in your search for funding for your postgraduate study if you do not have sufficient savings or family support to finance this yourself.  It is very important that you have a reasonable funding plan before you start your postgraduate course.

Student Awards Agency Scotland - Taught postgraduate loans in Scotland

Postgraduate tuition fee loan

The funding available is a loan to help you pay all or some of your tuition fees up to a maximum of £5,500 for full-time courses.

Postgraduate living cost loan

Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply for a living-cost loan up to £4,500. To be eligible for the living-cost loan, in addition to meeting SAAS eligibility conditions, you must:

  • be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course (normally 1 August). If you change course and are aged 60 or over on the relevant date of your second course, you will not be entitled to a student loan for your second course.

The living-cost loan is not available to part-time postgraduate students or EU nationals coming to Scotland to study.

Eligibility

To qualify for funding, you must be studying a course that we fund and meet SAAS residence eligibility criteria. We may also take into account any previous study.

Courses

Courses will be eligible for support if they are a taught postgraduate diploma or masters programme delivered at a publicly funded institution. This includes eligible courses delivered by distance-learning. Diplomas must be no longer than one year in length and masters no longer than 2 years in length.

Visit www.saas.gov.uk and click on the appropriate link for full details of eligibility and how to apply.

EU Students

You will be eligible to apply to SAAS for a tuition fee loan if you have been ordinarily resident in the EU, the EU overseas territories, elsewhere in the EEA or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the relevant date). For the majority of students who start their course in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August.

You must also be an EU national (non UK) or the family member of such on the relevant date.

Student Finance England – Funding for postgraduate study

Postgraduate Master’s Loan

If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

It is not based on your income or your family’s and it is paid directly to you.

Visit www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study for details of eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Student Finance Wales – Postgraduate Loans for Master’s degrees

Welsh postgraduate loans are worth up to £13,000 per course towards your tuition fees, study costs and living expenses.  To be eligible you must:

  • Be a UK national or have settled status
  • Normally live in Wales
  • Have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for the past three years
  • Be under 60 years of age on the first day of the first academic year of your course
  • Not already hold a Masters degree or higher qualification.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Doctoral course (such as a PhD) from 1 August 2018, you can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000. This can help with course fees and living costs while you study.

www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/postgraduate-students

Student Finance Northern Ireland – Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

If you are resident in Northern Ireland and due to start on a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, taught Master’s or research Master’s during the 2018/19 Academic Year, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 for the course, to help with the cost of your course fees.

You may be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan if you:

  • Are a UK or ROI national or have settled status in the UK (that means no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK)
  • Normally live in Northern Ireland
  • Have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years before the first day of your academic year

Your course must start on or after 1 August 2017, and must be one of the following:

  • Postgraduate Master’s
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

The course can be studied in attendance at a university or through distance learning.

https://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/types-of-finance

Scholarships and Bursaries at Edinburgh Napier University

Information about any scholarships and bursaries that could be available at Edinburgh Napier University is on the main university website at: www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us

Edinburgh Napier University Graduate Fee Discount Scheme

A 10% tuition fee discount is available for alumni starting their postgraduate course in 2018/19.  If you are a previous undergraduate of Edinburgh Napier University (Napier University previously), or are graduating in 2018, you may be eligible for this fee discount.  It is available to eligible Home, EU and Overseas students.  Check  for all terms and conditions for alumni discount: https://admin.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding

Register of Educational Endowments

Maintained by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and contains information on Scottish trusts.  SAAS can search the register for you if you fill in and send them an enquiry.  http://www.saas.gov.uk/_forms/ree1.pdf

Educational Grants Advisory Service www.egas-online.org.uk

Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk/funding_my_further_study.htm

UK Government website www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study

Financial Aid once you are a Matriculated Student at Edinburgh Napier University (Discretionary/Childcare Funds)

If you find yourself in financial difficulties, or you need help with essential childcare costs, once you are a matriculated   student at Edinburgh Napier you may be eligible to apply to the University Discretionary and/or Childcare Funds.  Neither of these are a main source of funding and the Discretionary Fund in particular cannot normally provide on-going support for living costs.  Nevertheless you should check these out via the myNapier section of the University website for full eligibility criteria and how to apply.  

Contacting Edinburgh Napier University Student Funding Team

You can contact the Student Funding Team directly by email: studentfunding@napier.ac.uk

Other funding

Student Funding

The Student Funding team offer information and access to sources of extra funding such as the Discretionary Fund, Childcare Fund and a number of internally and externally funded scholarships and bursaries. They also hold regular drop-in sessions for anyone who needs advice and support with any money issues or worries and to help with any Discretionary/Childcare Fund application queries.

Discretionary Fund – extra money to help you with costs such as:

  • Rent
  • Bills
  • Essential Living costs
  • Course materials, equipment, books etc.
  • Course related travel costs

Any money awarded from this fund is a grant not a loan – you don’t have to pay it back.

Visit Money for more information, including eligibility criteria, or email studentfunding@napier.ac.uk

Childcare Fund – help towards the cost of formal childcare

Apply to the Childcare Fund if you need to pay for formal registered childcare to enable you to study, to attend your course and for extra help during exams.

Any money awarded from this fund is a grant not a loan – you don’t have to pay it back.

Visit Money for more information, including eligibility criteria, or email studentfunding@napier.ac.uk

Scholarships and bursaries

Visit https://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/bursaries for more information on scholarships and bursaries.

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