Eligible students starting an undergraduate programme in 2023/24 don’t have to pay tuition fees up-front. The cost can be covered by a tuition fee loan (applied for via Student Finance).
You don’t have to start repaying this loan until you’ve left your course and earn over £25,000 per year.
Loans for living costs, usually called a maintenance loan, are available for help towards the cost of accommodation, food and travel.
Submitting your application
Once you’ve checked your eligibility, you should apply for student finance as soon as possible once the system is open. Student Finance England normally opens in February – look out for our emails as we’ll let you know when this happens.
To make sure you have your funding in place for September you should apply before the end of May 2023. This process can take some time, so it’s important you don’t delay with making your application.
If you’re studying part-time, visit the online money matters guide for the details of how funding will work for you.
After you’ve submitted your application
Once Student Finance have completed your assessment they’ll send you paperwork confirming your entitlement to funding. You can check on the progress of your application online and will be able to view anything outstanding on your account via your ‘To-Do’ list and also see a copy of your assessment once it is available.
Please ensure that all of your details are correct, including:
- the university you’ll be studying at
- the course you’ll be studying and year of study
- the tuition fee for your course
If any of the above details are incorrect on your Student Finance paperwork please contact [email protected].
What do previous study and equivalent and lower qualifications mean?
There are two main reasons why you might not be eligible to receive full Government funding support:
1. You’ve studied a higher education course before (level 4 or level 5)
Even if you didn’t complete the course in full, you may find that you cannot access Government tuition fee support for the full length of your new degree programme. This means you may have to pay some, or all, of the tuition fees yourself.
2. You have an Equivalent & Lower Qualification (ELQ)
If the new course you wish to take at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower-level qualification to one you already hold, you may not get Government support for your tuition fees or living costs.
If you’re unsure if these rules apply to you, please contact [email protected].
Receiving your funding
After you’ve completed enrolment and become a fully registered student your ﬁrst payment will be released. It can take up to ﬁve working days for payment to arrive in your account, or longer, if you applied for funding late. But remember, this will only be paid if your application is approved and all checks have been completed by student finance.
Our finance top tips
Completing your application:
You don’t need an offer to apply
If you’re still waiting for offers, you can still apply 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 such as full-time programmes.
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 when you begin your programme
Your first payment is made 3-5 days after the University has officially confirmed your attendance with Student Finance.
If there are any outstanding conditions of your offer when you enrol, you’ll only be able to part-enrol. Student Finance is only released when you become fully enrolled so you are advised to address all conditions of your offer as soon as possible.
If you have any queries around the conditions of your offer please contact our [email protected].
Money to cover your first two weeks
Payments from Student Finance can take up to five days to arrive in your account, or longer if you applied for funding late.
With this in mind, it’s worth bringing enough money with you to cover your first two weeks, just in case there is a problem with your funds being released.