Financial support for students

Our masters-level courses are now eligible for new Government-funded postgraduate loans.

At Postgraduate level, students often find there is limited financial support available to them.  It is therefore important that when applying for study, you consider the availability of finance for both tuition fees and living costs.

All of our masters-level courses are now eligible for new Government-funded postgraduate loans - please see the section on postgraduate loans below.

The majority of our students pay their tuition fees through one of the following means:

If your course fees are more than £650 per academic year, you can pay in three equal instalments. The first is due at enrolment, the second on 15th December and the third on 15th March. 

Payment should be done online by debit or credit card.  

The Government introduced postgraduate loans in the academic year 2016/17.  We are pleased to say that all of our Masters level courses are eligible for these loans and students can apply for them up to nine months after their course has started.  These loans will allow you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover fees and living costs and will be paid in instalments to your bank account.  You will not start paying the loan back until you have finished your course and are earning over £21,000.

In order to enrol on a course, you will need to pay 10% of your fee even if the loan has not been approved. The remaining fee will be due in three instalments aligned with your SLC instalments. 

The criteria for accessing a government postgraduate loan through the Student Loans Company depends on: 

·       whether you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before

·       your course

·       your age

·       your nationality or residency status. 

Please note that only Masters level courses are covered by this particular loan scheme – our Trust Certificates, PG Certificates and Diplomas and Professional Doctorates are not eligible. You also have to be under the age of 60 and be studying at this level for the first time.  For further information, please see information on the gov.uk website.

Our eligible courses are: 

In order to apply for a loan, please go to the following link https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan and follow these directions: 

  • You will need to search for University of Essex as the institution (even though Tavistock and Portman is listed in the search bar, this will not bring up the courses)  
  • If your course is of an intermediate duration between two and three years  you can enter either two year or three year duration and the course will come up, though you will see that the course is listed as a three year course even if you have selected the two year duration. We would recommend that you select all courses longer than 24 months as a three year duration to ensure they are displayed.

Please note that applications can be made up to nine months after the start of the course and you will be entitled to receive the full loan amount.  Unfortunately, students who commenced a course prior to academic year 2016-17 are not eligible to apply. 

When your application has been approved by the Student Loans Company (SLC), the SLC will release the first installment,  usually up to five working days after receipt of the confirmation from the University of Essex that you are registered. 

Any change to your academic status post-registration (e.g. intermission, withdrawal, change of course, change of mode of study) will require prompt communication to the SLC, our Student Registry and your Course Administrator. 

For any queries please contact Bhavna Tailor, Finance Manager.

Some employers are willing to pay all or part of course fees. This might be through sponsorship or a professional development grant. Some NHS Trusts might be able to get funding through their education and workforce development directorates.

Teachers and social workers may apply for advice to their local authority training officers.

Some children’s Trusts have professional development funds. They may also have training priorities and a prescribed list indicating what they will and will not fund. 

If your employer sponsors you, we will invoice them directly but you must provide details of your sponsorship arrangements when you apply and enrol. Please note, employers will not be able to pay in instalments.

If you are enrolled on one of the following clinical professional courses and are NOT funded by a local authority or other sponsor or employer, you may apply for an interest-free loan from our student loan fund, up to a maximum of £2,000 per year. 

Eligible courses are Interdisciplinary training in adult psychotherapy (excluding SpRs), Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Inter-cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Couples, Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Systemic Psychotherapy, and Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (self-funders only).

If you are successful, you will have to begin to repay the loans in the required instalments to commence six months prior to your course completion date. Otherwise, interest will be charged.


Please note that you can only apply for a student loan once you are enrolled on a course.  For more information about student loan funds please contact Isabelle Bratt, Deans Office Manager.

We have a limited sum of money to assist students whose financial circumstances suddenly change for the worse.  If you are in this position, you can apply for a bursary of up to £750 as a maximum contribution towards your course fees. The amount you will actually receive depends on your financial circumstances, the annual fee for your course, and the number of other applicants to the access fund. It is our policy to try to help as many applicants in need as possible.

These bursaries don’t have to be repaid, but you can only apply once you are enrolled on a course.

For more information about access funds please contact Isabelle Bratt, Deans Office Manager.

Students who are studying for a professional doctorate at the Trust can find more information and guidance about research funding through NOCLOR.

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