[Postgrad loan] Penalised for being from a poorer background?Watch
As the majority of the course fee is funded by SFE with the new postgrad loan (and the rest loaned from my parents), I find it astonishing that a university can penalise students for paying the course fees in installments when they have no other choice! Why was this not considered by the university when the SFE PGL was announced?
If you listed the SFE as an exernal sponsor, you should be able to convince the finance office to lift any holds on your account for starting your program, and pay in one installment once the loans are in. That's what I did for my MSc (at another uni). But that may take some in person conversation with a supervisor of someone who works in the finance office.