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PG Funding Sources
a) Disabled Student Allowance
a) Access to Learning Fund
a) Funding for selected Postgraduate Courses
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Young People’s Learning Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is: 7978.
For information on PCDL's see:
The Student Funding Service has responsibility for PCDL certification for UK students on behalf of the University. We are registered with the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) for these purposes. The University learning provider number above should be used on PCDL application forms*. (We are also registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers - No: 10007768) Please note when applying for this award for postgaraduate study please use the course dates 1st October to 30th September in the relevant year.
We can't certify PCDL application forms until after you have registered at the University. Forms can be handed in following registration to the Student Funding Service, c/o The Base, telephone 01524 592525
a) Students with a disability
If you are a UK full or part time postgraduate with a disability you may be entitled to Disabled Student's Allowance to help you with any disability related costs. For more information click here
b) Tax Credits
As a postgraduate student you may be entitled to tax credits for information click here
c) UK part time postgraduate students
If you are a part time student you may be able to access Government (state) benefits such as housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit. This will depend on official assessment and your status being part time with the our Student Registry.
a) Access to Learning Fund (ALF) - for Postgraduate students who have made reasonable provision for their course but who face unexpected or unforseen costs.
If you are a UK postgraduate you are eligible to apply to the Access to Learning Fund (ALF) providing that (if a full time student) you have taken out a Professional and Career Development Loan, can show that this has been refused, or that you have made adequate alternative course funding arrangements. You should note that because you have signed to say you have sufficient funds to support yourself throughout your studies (at the beginning of your course) awards are strictly limited.
For information see: www.lancs.ac.uk/sbs/funding/alf.htm
b) Lancaster University - Postgraduate Funding Guide
c) Financial award database and guide
The database can be accessed from: www.lancs.ac.uk/sbs/funding/database.html
The Grants Register 2012 - The complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding (30-th Edition)
Buy The Grants Register 2012 here:-
The Educational Grants Directory 2011-12 (Awaiting publication of new version)
Buy The Educational Grants Directory 2011-12 here:-