The information on this page is for students living in England. Students residing in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should approach Student Finance Wales, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland or Student Finance NI for their student loans and grants.
Tuition fee loan
Eligible students may take out a repayable tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to pay their tuition fees each year. This loan is:
- non-income assessed,
- also suitable for undergraduate part-time and EU students,
- paid directly to the University - not to you.
Your tuition fees may change slightly each year, so it is important that you put the correct amount on your finance application form. To find out what Solent University will charge in 2018/19, visit our tuition fee page.
You can apply for a maintenance loan to pay for living and course costs. It is split into three instalments over the academic year and paid into your bank account over three terms.
The maximum household income level allowed for 2018 entrants is £62,215, in order to receive a loan higher than the basic minimum loan (if studying outside London and living away from home during your studies). If your household income is above this level you will only receive the lower non-means-tested rate of loan of £4,054.
The maximum household income level allowed for 2012 to 2015 entrants is £62,147 in order to receive a loan higher than the basic minimum loan (if studying outside London and living away from home). If your household income is above this level you will only receive the lower non-means-tested rate of loan (£4,056). In order to receive the minimum grant (£50), the household income must be under £42,645.
Please note: You do not have to take out this loan in order to get a maintenance grant*/bursary or tuition fee loan.
Maintenance / Special Support Grant*
The Maintenance / Special Support Grant (SSG is for students with an underlying entitlement to benefits) is only available to eligible, income assessed students who started their course before the 2016/17 academic year. The award amount in 2018/19 will be up to £3,593 for 2012 to 2015 entrants and up to £3,299 for pre-2012 entrants. This is non-repayable. Eligible students apply on their 2018/19 PR1 or online application form.
How do I apply?
If you live in England you can apply online through Student Finance England. Forms are usually updated and made available around February/March each year.
The application process is different if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Find out more
If you're considering university and you don't have support from a family network (also known as being 'estranged'), you can find advice and information here.
How and when do I repay my loans?
Repayment will start from the April after you finish your course or have left university and are earning over:
- £17,775 for pre-2012 entry students
- £25,000 for post-2012 entry students (from April 2018)
Please visit the student loan repayment site for more information.
There are additional grants for students with dependants and/or who have disabilities:
Most full-time students cannot claim benefits. However, some students may be eligible (lone parents/disabled students) during term time and may be able to claim in full over the summer - please check with a student funding adviser for more information.
Funding factsheet 2018/19
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