PGCE courses are the only postgraduate courses funded by the full ‘Student Finance’ system of Tuition Fees Loan, a Maintenance Loan for living costs and certain other grants - outlined below - as well as extra support for Disabled Students. Scottish students are funded through SAAS.
New PGCE students in 2021 will need to apply to their national Student Finance office. There are separate offices depending on whether you live in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Details are available at www.gov.uk/student-finance where you can also apply online or download the application (PN1). You should apply early – around March 2021 is the earliest for September starters – in order to be sure that you receive your funding at the start of the academic year. We often advise PGCE students to apply on paper, as each year we often see teething problems with the online application system for PGCE funding.
In order to be generally eligible for Student Finance funding you need to:
- have ‘settled status’ in the UK*; and
- have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years before the start of the course*; and
- be ordinarily resident in the UK at the start of the course
*Refugees who have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK do not need to fulfil the 3 years residence requirement; asylum seekers who have been granted exceptional or indefinite leave, humanitarian leave, or discretionary leave to stay in the UK do need to fulfil the 3 years residence requirement.
European citizens classed as EEA Migrant Workers (or their spouses or children), and EU nationals who have lived in the UK for 5 years before the start of their course, may continue to be eligible. UK Government funding for EU students is changing following the UK's departure from the EU. You can find up-to-date information on this at www.gov.uk/student-finance