New students can apply for student finance now

Make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course.

Going to uni or college this year? It’s time to apply for your student finance. Follow our three easy steps now to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course.

1. Find out what you can get

Before you apply, have a look at the range of resources we have on our Student Finance Zone to find out what you can get and how to apply.

2. Register online

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance

When you register you’ll create a password and secret answer. You need to keep these safe as you’ll need them to log into your account or re-apply for student finance next year.

3. Fill in the application

You don’t need a confirmed place at uni or college. You can use your preferred choice of course and simply update the details online later, if you need to.

Applying for student finance

Applying for student finance is easy when you know how. Watch this video to find out what you need to do.

What you can get

There’s lots of financial help available if you’re thinking about going to university or college in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

You may be eligible for:

  • a loan of up to £9,250 to cover tuition fees
  • loans to help with living costs, such as rent and books

Extra help

You may also be able to apply for:

Your university or college might offer you a bursary or scholarship to help with your studies.

Part-time students

New part-time students starting a course in 2016 to 2017 can apply for student finance now. Apply as early as possible to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course.

If you’re a continuing part-time student

If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, you’ll get an email when it’s time to re-apply.

If you started your course before this, you can apply for student finance for 2016 to 2017 now.

Find out more

You can: