Student Loan Consultatation for Part-Time and PhD Students

07 Nov 2016

The government has announced two new consultations into extending the student loan scheme to cover both part-time students and those who wish to undertake a Doctorate.

It is proposed that the loans will, for the first time, offer maintenance support for part-time learners and encourage more students to take up postgraduate study with doctoral loans worth up to £25,000.

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation said:

'We want anyone, regardless of their circumstances, to have the option to study at degree level and beyond. That’s why over the past 18 months we have completely overhauled financial support for postgraduate study and why we plan new support for part-time study at undergraduate level.

We have already introduced a new loan for postgraduate masters study which is helping thousands of people from all backgrounds study for an advanced qualification.

Introducing new loans for part-time and doctoral students is an important next step in upgrading our skills and research base and arming people with the skills that employers are demanding up and down the country.'

The government’s proposed loan for doctoral study will offer up to £25,000 to eligible students over the length of their course, to contribute to the wider cost of their studies.

The loan will be repaid on an income-contingent basis, and is currently aiming for launch in the academic year 2018 to 2019. The loans will provide access to finance for those students who do not receive a research council studentship.

The intention is for the part-time student maintenance loan to have a maximum annual amount capped at 75% of the equivalent full-time proposal helping to support those who wish to combine work and study and is aiming to launch in academic year 2018 to 2019.

Evidence gathered through both consultations, will be used to inform the scope of the loans, as well as eligibility and entitlement requirements for the loans.

Read about the part-time undergraduate maintenance loan consultation.

Read about the postgraduate doctoral loans consultation.

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