Student Loan rates
Student Loans are available to eligible full-time students doing a higher education course in the UK. This page tells you the maximum rates for students from Northern Ireland for the academic year 2015/2016.
Student Loan for Tuition Fees: students studying in the UK
Generally, the maximum loan for tuition fees you can get will cover the full amount charged for tuition fees.
For 2015/2016 this will be up to £3,805 for students studying within Northern Ireland, and up to £9,000 for students studying in the rest of the UK.
However, if you started your course before September 2006 (or if you are treated as having started then), you may be able to get a Fee Grant to help with the contribution you have to make towards your tuition fees.
Depending on your household income, this could mean up to £1,510.
If you only qualify for a partial Fee Grant, you can apply for a fee contribution loan to cover the difference.
Student Loan for Tuition Fees: students studying in the Republic of Ireland
New students starting a course in 2015
New Northern Ireland students starting undergraduate courses in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) will be eligible for a loan to cover the full cost of the student contribution charge, which is €3,000 in academic year 2015/16 and students will receive £2,420.40.
Students who started before September 2013
If you started your course in the RoI before September 2013, you will continue to be eligible for a non-means tested non-repayable grant to cover the student contribution charge.
Student Loan for Maintenance: students studying in the UK
The basic student loan is £3,750 for those Northern Ireland students living and attending college in Northern Ireland; £6,780 if the course is in London and £4,840 for those living elsewhere. Twenty five per cent of the loan is means tested. There are lower rates for final year students.
Student Loan for Maintenance: students studying in the RoI
The maximum loan rate if you are studying in the RoI and living away from home will be £4,840 and if you are living at home the maximum will be £3,750.
For more detailed information on the new arrangements for NI students studying in the RoI, please follow the link below:
For information on how income assessment works and how to apply, follow the link below:
Tuition Fee loans for students attending private institutions
If you are a Northern Ireland student attending a higher education course at a private institution, you should be aware that for certain private institutions, you will not receive the full tuition fee loan support to cover your tuition fees.
You will be responsible for funding the difference in the additional cost of your tuition fees. You will need to find out what tuition fees are charged by the private institution and what tuition fee loan support is available from the Education Authority before you start the course.