Student Toolkit

Full-time undergraduate applications for 2024 to 2025 are now open!

Before you apply, use our toolkit to make sure you’ve got everything you need to make your application as quick as possible!

What you can do to prepare

Download the HMRC app on your mobile device so you’ve got your National Insurance number ready before you apply for student finance!


  • Apply before you start preparing for your A-level exams, this means you can focus on your studies!
  • You can apply for student finance even if you don’t know where you’ll be living or studying
  • You can change your student finance details online anytime before the start of your course
  • If you apply for extra help such as the Childcare Grant, make sure to upload your supporting documents as soon as possible as this can sometimes take longer than usual
  • Don’t miss out on any important student finance updates, visit our student finance timeline page for key dates

Some things you should consider

  • Plan ahead for study-related costs, such as books, notepads, laptop or materials. Some courses cost more than others. Find out about understanding student living costs
  • Research different accommodation costs if you plan to move away from home, to make sure you can afford to rent where you will study
  • Budget for social events such as nights out and socialising with new friends

You’re all set

Now you’re ready to apply for student finance! It’s quick and easy to apply online, it takes less than 30 minutes!

If you qualify as a tuition fee-only funding student, you need to apply using a paper form.

If you’re a current student and looking for help with your student finance, you can get help here.