Ashridge MBA - Scholarships and Loans

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Scholarship process

Are you eligible?

Scholarships are limited and you are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible. However, to be eligible for any of the below scholarships you must first:

  • Apply, attend an interview and be accepted on one of our MBA programmes
  • Be able to state the grounds on which you are applying.

How do I apply for any of these scholarships?

If your application is successful and Ashridge has offered you a place on its MBA or EMBA programmes, as an Ashridge or Santander Universities scholarship applicant you will then be asked to complete an essay to demonstrate your eligibility for the award. Essays are judged on a competitive basis and awarded to candidates who demonstrate the greatest potential or would benefit most from doing an MBA.

To find out more about applying for any of the scholarship awards, please email

MBA Scholarships

Headstart early enrolment scheme - apply for the Full Time MBA by 8 December 2014 to benefit from a 5% early enrolment discount and to apply for scolarships in the following categories:

Headstart scholarships for the Full Time MBA:

  • National Ambassador – 50% scholarship
  • Armed Forces Leavers – 50% scholarship
  • GMAT High Achiever – 25% scholarship
  • Women in Business – 25% scholarship
  • Small Business Investor – 25% scholarship
  • Business Entrepreneur – 25% scholarship
  • Sustainability Impact – 25% scholarship
  • Steve Watson: Excellence in Finance – 25% scholarship

Other scholarships of up to 25% of the programme fee are available to self-financed participants on the 1 year Full Time and 2 year Executive MBA programmes.

Scholarships are awarded in ten categories and you should be able to align your achievements to date and/or your ambitions for doing an MBA with at least one of these categories in order to apply.

Scholarship categories:

  • Scholarship for excellence in Finance and Financial Services
  • Embedding sustainability scholarship
  • Managing globally scholarship
  • Creating value scholarship
  • Leading Change scholarship
  • Aspiring women in business scholarship
  • Entrepreneurial scholarship
  • Emerging markets scholarship
  • Military scholarship
  • Outstanding Achievement in a business sector scholarship (Strategy, People and Leadership, Finance, Marketing, Innovation and Technology, Operations)

The Santander Universities Scholarships

Ashridge is proud of its partnership with Santander Universities and is grateful for the scholarships that Santander makes available to Ashridge students each year.

Santander scholarship awards are available to candidates based in countries covered by the scheme (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, USA, UK, Russia, China and Singapore).

MBA Loans

For UK residents, the following sources of funding are recommended:

1. Department for Education and Skills (United Kingdom)

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Young People’s Learning Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards.

The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit or contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900.
The Ashridge learning provider registration number is: 12357.

2. MOD Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) Scheme

Ashridge is an Approved Learning Provider under the MOD Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme, which provides funding support for learning to armed forces leavers. Visit for further details.
Ashridge's learning provider number is 3515.

Credila Loans

Credila Financial Services is an HDFC Ltd company, which is a major financial corporation in India, offering educational loans to applicants from India looking to study in the UK.

Applicants are informed of the sanction of their loan during the initial application process, with the condition that disbursement will take place on confirmed admission, so it is a fast and simple process designed to help you get the most out of your studies.

If you are interested in applying for a Credila loan, please fill in the application form at the time of your programme application.

StudentFunder Ltd (social enterprise)

Ashridge students can use to fund selected Graduate programmes. enables UK, EU and International candidates to launch a crowdfunding campaign and apply for affordable loans. Visit, the Studentfunder website to find out more.

Other funding available

50 % funding for SME Participants – Ashridge Masters Qualifications

A pilot, funded by the UK Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, is presently offering 50% matched funding for the first year of any AMBA accredited Leadership & Management Qualification. This is available on a first come, first served basis for applications made to Ashridge before the end of July 2014. This is open to anyone in a micro or small business, in England, which seeks growth and where affordability is a significant barrier to participation. This is also open to entrepreneurs.

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