Student Finance

Why might I need Student Finance?

Eligible students starting an undergraduate programme in 2021/22 do not have to pay tuition fees up-front. The cost can be covered by a tuition fee loan (applied for via Student Finance). You do not have to start repaying this loan until you have left your course and earn over £26,575 per year.

Loans for living costs, usually called a maintenance loan, are available for help towards the cost of accommodation, food and travel.

How to apply for Student Finance

Applications to Student Finance England will open next year and we will send you an email to let you know when the system is live. We would strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible, to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your studies.

Have a look at this Student Finance Journey poster for more information about how the process works before, during and after university.

Apply to Student Finance England here


Top tips for completing your application

You don’t need an offer to apply
If you are still waiting for offers, you can still apply. Complete your application using your preferred university and course. If this changes you can update your application at a later date.

Ensure your application details are correct
Have your UCAS course code to hand and choose the correct academic year and mode of study i.e. full-time.

Provide any supporting documentation quickly
If possible, send any documents requested from Student Finance by recorded delivery and track the delivery.

Complete your to-do list
Your online Student Finance account shows a ‘to-do’ list for any outstanding actions.

Enrol promptly to release your funding in September
Your first payment is made 3-5 days after the University has officially confirmed your attendance with Student Finance. Details about enrolment will be communicated to Firm choice students over the summer.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to reward excellence in prospective students. Our scholarships recognise a range of achievements and are not solely based on academic achievement. Use the links below to find out what’s on offer, and what the application process is:

Find out more about our Scholarships here


Going to University could mean that for the first time you are living away from home, and having to manage your own finances. It’s never too early to start thinking about your finances, so have a look at the webpages and read some useful tips.


Visit the Money Matters webpages for information on eligibility

Visit our Money Matters webpages for more information