Federal aid eligibility

The general eligibility requirements for federal financial aid are:

  • you have financial need
  • you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • you are enrolled on an eligible degree or certificate program at your college or career school

See the Federal Student Aid website for more eligibility requirements you must meet to qualify for federal student aid.

How to apply for a federal loan

  1. Your first step in getting a loan is to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA will reveal how much money you are eligible to borrow. The School Code for Imperial College London is G11567. Ensure it generates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  2. Review your budget/cost of Attendance (COA) spreadsheets:
    1. For undergraduate courses: Undergraduate COA (Excel).
    2. For postgraduate courses: Postgraduate COA (Excel)
    3. The total cost of attendance is the maximum loan(s) you can take out, minus any scholarships or stipends. Use the various components in the cost of attendance spreadsheet to estimate the amount of loan(s) you need for the academic year. 
  3. Complete the Master Promissory Note if you are taking out a new loan.
  4. First time borrowers must complete loan Entrance Counselling.
  5. For PLUS applicants, if your loan was approved with an endorser you will also need to complete a credit counselling session.
  6. Send an email to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk, providing your completed Cost of Attendance & Loan Calculation spreadsheet. Please do not send copies of any other documents unless directed to do so by a member of our team.

We will review your documents and notify you if anything is incomplete or if any changes are required.

Once you loan has been originated, we will email you a US loans notification letter which can be used as evidence of funding for your visa application.

The deadline to apply for the 2023-24 academic year is 11:59pm CT on June 30, 2024.