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Higher Education Courses

Student Finance NI is a partnership between the Education Authority, the Department for the Economy and the Student Loans Company. The EA is responsible for processing applications for financial support for full time, part time higher education and postgraduate courses.

If you normally live in Northern Ireland all the online services and advice you need including downloadable forms are available from the StudentFinanceNI website.

You can find the contact details for your local Student Finance NI office under the contact section on the Student Finance NI homepage.     

Full Time Higher Education

You can apply for a non-meanstested Tuition Fee Loan and a meanstested Loan / Grant for day to day living costs.  Other supplementary grants such as Disabled Students Allowance, Dependants Grants are also available.

Whether you're thinking about going to university or already studying, you can get all you need to know about what you can get and how to get from the StudentFinanceNI website.

Part Time Higher Education

You can apply for a Loan / Grant to help pay your fees up to £3,022.50 and a meanstested course grant of up to £265 for costs to cover travel and books.

Further information is available at StudentFinanceNI website.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

The Department for the Economy has introduced Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans for Northern Ireland students starting their course at the beginning of Academic Year 2017/18.

A non-means-tested tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 will be available to help with course costs.

Further information is available at StudentFinanceNI website.



The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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