It’s quick and easy to apply online – it should only take you around 30 minutes. If you're a new student you'll only need your passport and National Insurance number to hand and you’re all set

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You can get money to help with both your tuition fees and living costs. Use our student finance calculator for an estimate on much you could get.

It only takes about 30 minutes to apply online. You don’t need a confirmed place at uni or college – just apply using your first choice and change it later if you need to.

After you’ve submitted your application, have a look at the to-do list in your online account to see if there’s anything else to do, such as providing us with evidence. It’s easy to upload most types of evidence through your online account, visit our evidence guidance page to find out what we can accept and how to upload it.

If you provide incorrect evidence, it could delay your application.

EU full-time undergraduate applications are now open.

Undergraduate part-time and postgraduate 2021 to 2022 student finance applications will open in the summer. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when applications open.

How and when to apply

Watch our How and when to apply film for a full breakdown of what you need to do.

 

Extra help

We want to make sure you get the most out of your time at college or university, we offer extra support if you have a child or adult dependant who relies on you financially.

There’s also extra help available for students with a disability.

Find out more about what you can get in 2021 to 2022:

 

Childcare Grant is a grant that is based on your household income, you do not have to pay this back once you’ve finished your course.

It does not affect how much Maintenance Loan you can get. The grant can help you pay for childcare during your studies, it’s paid directly to your childcare provider through an online payment system.

You can apply for Childcare Grant at the same time as your main student finance application, you may be eligible for Childcare Grant if you:

  • are a full-time student
  • have children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs
  • use a childcare provider who is registered with Ofsted

 

Childcare Grant can help to pay for up to 85% of your weekly childcare costs, up to a maximum cap of:

  • £179.62 per week for one child
  • £307.95 per week for two or more children

Find out more about Childcare Grant at www.gov.uk/childcare-grant.

 

Parents’ Learning Allowance is a grant that could help you with any learning costs during your course, you do not have to pay this back once you’ve finished your course.

You can apply for the grant at the same time as your main student finance application, it will not affect how much Maintenance Loan you get.

The maximum amount you can get is £1,821 and how much you get is based on your household income.

Find out more about Parents’ Learning Allowance at www.gov.uk/parents-learning-allowance.

 

Adult Dependants’ Grant is a grant you can get if you have an adult who is financially dependent on you, you do not have to pay this back once you’ve finished your course.

The maximum amount you can get is £3,190, you can apply for this at the same time as your main student finance application.

Find out more about Adult Dependants’ Grant at www.gov.uk/adult-dependants-grant.

 

Disabled Students’ Allowance provides extra support to students with a disability, you can apply for it at the same time as your main student finance application.

You do not have to pay this back once you’ve finished your course.

Disabled Students’ Allowance offers full-time undergraduate students a maximum allowance of £25,000, this can be used to help pay for:

 

  • specialist equipment
  • a non-medical helper such as a scribe or British Sign Language interpreter
  • travel costs

Find out more about Disabled Students’ Allowance at www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa.

Are you the parent or partner of someone who’s applying for student finance?

You’ll need to support their application with details of your household income so they can get as much student finance as possible.

Visit our page for some top tips on:

  • what you should have handy when supporting the application
  • what to avoid when you’re supporting the application
  • what to expect after you’ve given us your household income details

 

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