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  • step one apply on time
  • step two we process you application
  • step three get your money

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All figures based on the 2017/18 academic year.
We’ll be adding information for academic year 2018/19 soon.
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Going to uni or college?

You can get student finance to help pay for your costs while studying. There's lots of financial help available.

Here are the main types of student finance you can get:

Tuition Fee Loan

Universities and colleges can charge up to £9,250 a year for full-time courses. You can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover tuition fees.

Maintenance Loan

A Maintenance Loan helps with living costs such as rent and bills.

Part of the Maintenance Loan depends on your household income - that's the income of your parents or your husband, wife or partner.

There's also extra help for students with a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, or students who have children or adult dependants.

Here's a guide to sorting your student finance in three easy steps!

apply on time

Find out what you could get using our online student finance calculator.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at Student finance at GOV.UK. Apply as soon as the application service opens to make sure you have your money sorted for the start of your course.

The deadline for applications is 26 May 2017. If your application is late, your money might be too.

So don't wait to apply; use your preferred choice of course and you can change the details online later, if you need to.

If you're applying for student finance that depends on your household income we'll need some information from your parents or partner too.

Remember to print out the declaration form and sign and return it to us.

we process your application

If we ask you for evidence, send this as quickly as possible to avoid delays with your application.

We'll look at the information you give us and send you a Student Finance Entitlement letter letting you know what student finance you can get.

get your money

Register at university or college - we can't pay you until you do!

We'll pay any Maintenance Loan into your bank account in three instalments - one at the start of each term. We'll pay your Tuition Fee Loan directly to your university or college.

You have to pay your loans back but not until you finish or leave your course and your income is over £21,000 a year.

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