A variety of student loans and grants are available from the Government through the Student Loans Company. Loans are repaid after you have left the University and your salary exceeds a set level. Grants do not have to be repaid.
The support available to you via loans and grants depends on your tuition fee (for the fee loan), household income and other personal circumstances.
Tuition Fee Loan
The Tuition Fee Loan covers the payment of your tuition fees, and is not based on your household income. Full time students can borrow up to £9,000 to cover the tuition fee set by your university. The tuition fee loan is paid directly to the University.
You can also choose to take out a Maintenance Loan which is intended to help pay your living costs. The amounts you are eligible to borrow per academic year are based on your household income.
If your household income is below a certain threshold, you may also be eligible for a Maintenance Grant that does not need to be repaid. Please note that if your course starts in or after August 2016, you will not be eligible for a maintenance grant.
Placement year Loans
Students undertaking a placement year (whether paid or unpaid) can apply for a reduced rate maintenance loan for their year in industry. Please note that this will be less than what you received in your other years of study. You can also apply for a tuition fee loan to cover your placement year tuition fee.
For more information about the loans and grants available to you, please visit the Government’s Student Finance Webpages.
This includes the following useful information:
If you are a student from the EU, you can apply to Student Finance England for a Tuition Fee Loan.
For more information please visit the UK Government's Student Finance pages.
Scottish students can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a tuition fee loan, and a bursary and maintenance loan to help with living costs.
For more information please visit the SAAS website.
Welsh students studying in England can receive a tuition fee loan and grant from the Welsh Assembly to cover tuition fees. Maintenance loans and grants are also available to help pay your living costs.
For more information please visit the Student Finance Wales website.
Students from Northern Ireland can apply for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant.
For more information please visit the Student Finance NI website.
Students from the States of Jersey can apply to the government for funding.
For more information please visit the Gov.je Student Financial Help pages.
Students from the States of Guernsey can apply to the government for funding.
For more information please visit the Gov.gg Funding for Study page.