Unfortunately, we cannot award Erasmus scholarships to all of the many deserving applications we receive. Please see below for some alternative funding options.
The Erasmus+ Master Loan is to help Masters students with their living and tuition costs when studying in a country other than where they live or where they took their first degree. The terms of the loan include:
- no need to provide collateral when applying for the loan;
- an interest rate lower than the market rate;
- a grace period of up to one year before repayments begin;
- a further payment holiday of up to one year.
The scheme is managed by the European Investment Fund (EIF), which publishes details of participating banks, student loan agencies, and other organisations. More information on the management and availability of the Master Loan is on the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Master Degree Loan webpage.
Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply for the Master Loan, you must be a resident of one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries.
You must already have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and have been accepted for a Masters (or equivalent) at an institution that holds the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). You can check whether a university has the ECHE on the European Commission’s website.
Students who have already received an Erasmus grant during their first degree can still apply for an Erasmus+ Master Loan.
The loan is for a full Masters programme in a different country from your country of residence. The country where you plan to study must be different from the country where you took your first degree. If you study for only part of your Masters abroad, you are not eligible for this loan. You may qualify for an Erasmus+ mobility grant instead, but please talk to your university about your options.
You cannot have an Erasmus+ grant and an Erasmus+ loan for the same place. However, you can apply for both types of funding if you study abroad for a full Masters and part of the course is in another Erasmus+ Programme Country (excluding your home country or a country where you have studied before).
The UK Student Loans Company administers the new Postgraduate Loan for Master’s degrees for all eligible students who live in England.
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course from 1 August 2016 will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan. The loan is a contribution to help with course related costs such as tuition fees and materials. These loans are currently not available for students who live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. We will continue to update this page with information about SLC loans as it becomes available.
Please see Postgraduate Loans on GOV.UK for more information.
Funding may also be available from SAAS. Please check their website or contact them directly for further information. Please see the SAAS Full-time postgraduate student website for more information.