It’s time to get your student finance sorted.
It can take up to six weeks to process your application, so be sure to apply as soon as you can. If your application is late, your money might be too.
It’s quick and easy to apply online – you’ll just need your passport and National Insurance number.
So what are you waiting for? Follow our three easy steps now.
1. Find out how much you can get
You can get money to help with both your tuition fees and living costs.
Use our student finance calculator to see how much you could get.
2. Apply online
It only takes about 30 minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/student-finance
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.
3. Check if you need to submit anything
After you’ve checked and submitted your application, have a look at the to-do list in your online account to see if there’s anything else you need to do.
We might need financial details from your parents or partners, so make sure you provide any evidence we ask for as soon as you can.
You can now provide us with evidence digitally by uploading it through your online account. Some types of evidence, like original identity or residency evidence, will still need to be posted.
How to apply
The easiest way for your child or partner to apply is online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Once your child or partner has applied, you’ll get an email with a link to submit your household income details. You must use your own account. It’s easy to create an account if you haven’t already got one.
When you register, you’ll need to supply your National Insurance number and your income for the previous tax year. If you live with your partner, we’ll ask for their details separately.
You should only give us your details.
For more information watch our film – ‘Parents – what you need to do to support your child’s student finance application’
What evidence you’ll need
Usually, you won’t have to provide us with any evidence if you’ve given us your National Insurance number and we’ve checked your income with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
However, you may be asked to submit evidence of your:
- income – if the details you’ve given do not match HMRC’s records, and
- marital status – if you’re separated or divorced
Download our evidence checklist which has details of what you could be asked to send us.
You can now provide us with evidence digitally by uploading it through your online account. If evidence is sent later than normal, we’ll make sure your child or partner doesn’t lose out on their student finance as a result.
For more information watch our film – ‘Parents – what evidence you’ll need to send’
What to do if your income changes
If your income has dropped by 15% since the tax year we asked you for, you can ask us to use your current income instead. This means your child or partner could get more student finance. We’ll reassess how much your child or partner can get based on your current income and send them a new entitlement letter if we’ve changed their student finance.
Watch our film – ‘Parents – what to do if your income has dropped’
You can also read our online guide to find out more.