Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. The tuition fee is paid directly to your university, whilst the maintenance loan is paid straight into your bank account in three equal instalments at the start of each term. Have a look at this Student Finance Journey poster for more information about how the process works before, during and after university.
On this page you can also find out about the scholarships we offer, and get some advice on budgeting.
How to apply
Applications to Student Finance England is expected to open in late February. We would strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible, to ensure your funding is in place for September.
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, and 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, please send any documents requested from Student Finance by recorded delivery and track the delivery.
Complete your to-do list
When you log onto your online Student Finance account you will see a ‘to-do’ list which will show you anything outstanding you need to do.
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. Want to know if you could boost your bank account and be the proud recipient of a scholarship? Use the links below to find out what’s on offer, and what the application process is:
- Excellence Scholarships – worth up to £2,000
- Sports Scholarships – worth up to £1,000 a year
- High Achievers Scholarship – £1,000 paid in your first year of study
- Liverpool Scholarship – worth up to £3,000
For information about all scholarships, please click here to find out more.
There is no application process for the High Achievers Scholarship or Liverpool Scholarship – prospective students will be automatically assessed against the eligibility criteria and successful candidates will be contacted after they have enrolled at the University.
Case study: Adam Hampton
“Former Royal Marine Adam Hampton found comfort in writing poetry when his military career was cut short by injury. Now, his first collection of poems, Transitions, has earned him an Excellence Scholarship from Edge Hill and helped him make the change from soldier to scholar.” Read more…
Case study: Helen Byrne
“It is because Helen is such an enthusiastic and valuable role model, inspiring others and helping them to realise their potential, that she has become a recipient of a Sports Scholarship.” Read more…
Going to University could mean that for the first time you are living away from home, and having to manage your own finances. We have compiled a list of resources to help you with budgeting. It’s never too early to start thinking about your finances, so have a look at the webpages and read some useful tips.