If you are a US citizen or a permanent resident in the US, you can apply for a US Federal Loan to fund your studies in the UK. We participate in the US Government William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, which means eligible US citizens can apply for Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized and/or Direct PLUS Loans, up to the Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA provides a breakdown of the costs for your course and is set by BU each academic year.
How to apply
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete the application you will need:
- your Social Security Number
- your driver’s license
- your income tax return or, if you are dependent, your parent’s Social Security Number and income tax return
- our Federal School Code: G33503.
2. Once you have submitted your FAFSA application, contact the Federal Aid Administrator at BU to tell them that you have applied.
You must provide:
- your full name and surname
- your Social Security Number (SSN)
- your date of birth
- your BU student reference number (starting with 4).
We can then reply with the details of the expected costs and an estimate of your entitlement.
3. Log in to StudentLoans.gov to complete the Entrance Counseling, a Direct Loan MPN and a PLUS MPN (if you want to borrow a PLUS Loan). Warning: we won’t be able to fully set up your loan request until you have completed all these documents.
4. Contact the Federal Aid Administrator again to advise them that you have completed all of the above, to detail how much you want to borrow and whether you are receiving any other funding in the form of scholarships or bursaries.
5. We will then issue you with a Draft Notification Letter which confirms how much your disbursements will be and when these will be available to you. Once you have confirmed you are happy with the draft, we will courier the final Notification Letter to you. This original signed letter on headed paper can then be used to apply for your Tier 4 visa.
US Federal Loans contacts
Federal Aid Administrator
DL113, The Sir Michael Cobham Library
Tel: +44 (0)1202 969696
Fax: +44 (0)1202 961623
You can find more information about Federal Loans, including how they are repaid, on our frequently asked questions page.