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Receiving your loan

The information on this page relates to US federal loans only. For information on receipt of private US student loans, please see the Private loans page.

How and when will I receive my federal loan disbursements?

Disbursements of federal loans will be made in three equal instalments by bank transfer to your college. The disbursement dates for year 2016–17 are outlined below. Please note that the disbursement date is the date your college will receive the loan funds, not the date that you will receive the living costs. The disbursement dates are not guaranteed, but we do not expect the actual date to differ by more than one to two days.

  • Disbursement 1: 12 October 2016
  • Disbursement 2: 10 January 2017
  • Disbursement 3: 17 April 2017

You must be enrolled before receiving your loan funds.  You should ensure that you have sufficient funds from an alternative source to cover any costs until you receive your first disbursement.  

Within three working days of receiving the disbursement, your college will deduct a proportion for fees and battels (room and board), unless you are not using the loans to pay your fees. The balance will then be paid directly to you by the college, within 14 days, so that you can use these funds for living costs.

Currency conversion costs: 

Please be aware that:

  • Your loan funds will be converted to £GBP on receipt and currency conversion costs will apply. Therefore, the actual amount that your college will receive for each disbursement will vary, as it will be dependent upon the exchange rate on that date.
  • You are strongly advised to open a £GBP bank account for your remittance to be paid into, so that the funds do not have to undergo a second currency conversion from £GBP back to $USD (which could be expensive for you). You should provide your UK bank details to your college as soon as possible.

Deadline dates:

For your federal loan to be disbursed on the first disbursement date above we will need to receive your complete application by 16 September 2016.  We cannot guarantee that applications submitted by this deadline will be approved in time for the first disbursement if there are any outstanding matters related to your federal loan application.

Any application received after 16 September 2016 will be processed as a late application and, once processed, we will contact you to let you know the date of your first disbursement.

Any applications made throughout the year must be received a minimum of one calendar month before the next disbursement date in order to be processed in time for that disbursement.