US federal loans
If you are a student from the USA, you may be eligible for a US federal loan provided by the US Department of Education.
Federal loans usually offer lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than loans from banks or other private sources.
The University of Brighton is certified to administer Federal Aid, and a range of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are eligible for federal loan funding.
The University of Brighton participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Programme for federal financial aid but you will have to apply for this through the Federal Student Aid website.
Before you apply, download our comprehensive guide Financial Aid for US Students. Please find a copy of the notice of availability of institutional and financial aid information.
US loans are administered by the university’s Bursaries and Scholarships team based on the Moulsecoomb campus, Brighton.
For more information about student financial aid, see the Federal Student Aid website or call the Federal Student Aid Information Centre on 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
Ask us a question
For advice about Financial Aid for US students at the University of Brighton contact the Student Funding team.
Tel: +44(0)1273 641875
At the University of Brighton the following kinds of courses are eligible for federal loan funding:
- Bachelors degrees (3 or 4 year undergraduate degrees)
- Foundation degrees (2 year undergraduate degrees)
- Masters degrees
- Integrated Masters
- Doctoral degrees
These programmes are NOT currently eligible for federal loan funding:
- Degrees taught at any of the university’s partner colleges including the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Lighthouse
- Grad Cert (Graduate Certificate), PG Cert (Postgraduate Certificate), PGCE (Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) and PG Dip (Postgraduate Diploma) courses
- Practice-based qualifications (i.e. degrees requiring applicants to be professionals studying whilst working in a relevant sector)
- Degree apprenticeship courses
- Any course that is delivered outside of mainland UK
- Qualifications in nursing or midwifery
- Courses containing a compulsory industrial, professional or other placement element which is delivered by any organisation other than the University of Brighton (exceptions can be made where courses are accredited by professional statutory and regulatory bodies external to the University of Brighton and the placements are organised, monitored and assessed by trained University of Brighton staff). Please contact email@example.com for further details.
- Any course that does not carry a degree award of any kind.
Please note that if your course involves a 'study abroad' year outside the UK, e.g. at one of the university’s partner institutions in EU Member States or in the US, then you would not be eligible for Federal (Direct Loan) funding for the study abroad year.
If you are planning to use Post 9/11 GI Bill or any other funding from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible.
For you to be eligible for this funding, we need to obtain individual programme approval for each student, which can take several months.
If you are registered at a US university and are here as part of a Study Abroad Programme, you should not apply for financial aid through the University of Brighton. Please apply instead to your home university.