Eligible students starting an undergraduate programme don’t have to pay tuition fees up-front. The cost can be covered by a tuition fee loan (applied for via Student Finance).
If you’re starting your programme in January 2023, you don’t have to start repaying this loan until you’ve left your course and earn over £27,295 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
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 has completed your assessment you’ll be sent information that confirms your entitlement to funding. You can check on the progress of your application online and view anything outstanding on your account via your ‘To-Do’ list. You can also see a copy of your assessment once it’s 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].
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.
Changes to course start dates could mean you’ll receive your maintenance loan on a different date to that shown on your entitlement letter. Please read the information below for the programmes affected. If you’ve got any questions, please contact [email protected] Your start date for your programme can be found on the key dates page.
Funding for BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
Your course is due to start one week later than originally planned (the first day of your induction is 9 January 2023). Because of this, the entitlement letter you’ll receive from Student Finance will show an incorrect date for your first payment.
Your first payment should be received within 3-5 working days of the new course start date once you complete enrolment.
Funding for BSc (Hons) Nursing – all fields
The start dates for each term of your course, in your first year, have been changed. The first day of your induction is 23 January 2023. This means that the entitlement letter you’ll receive from Student Finance will show payment dates for the year ahead that don’t align with your new term dates.
Your first payment should be received within 3-5 working days of the new course start date once you complete enrolment. Your subsequent two payments will be paid one week after each new term has started (in line with your payment schedule). Information about your term dates can be found on our website under the non-standard term dates section.
Our 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 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 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 [email protected].
Money to cover your first 2 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.