Information on how and when to apply for student finance
New students
  • step one apply on time
  • step two we process you application
  • step three get your money

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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.

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

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.gov.uk/student-finance. 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 will be in summer 2018. 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.

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 telling you what student finance you can get.

get your money

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

You have to pay your loans back but not until you finish or leave your course and your income is over the repayment threshold.

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