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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, visit our tuition fees page.

Maintenance loan

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 for 2019 entrants is £62,212, 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 £4,168.

The maximum household income level for 2012 to 2015 entrants is £62,148 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 (£4,170). In order to receive the minimum grant (£50), the household income must be under £42,674.

Please note: You do not have to take out the maintenance 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 2019/20 will be up to £3,964 for 2012 to 2015 entrants and up to £3,391 for pre-2012 entrants. This is non-repayable. 

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  ScotlandWales 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: 

  • £18,330 for pre-2012 entry students
  • £25,725 for post-2012 entry students (from April 2019)

Please visit the  student loan repayment site for more information.

Additional income

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 full benefits cover over the summer - please  check with a student funding adviser for more information.

Useful documents

Funding factsheet 2019/20

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