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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.

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 allowed for 2016 entrants is £62,179, 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 £3,821.

The maximum household income level allowed for 2012 to 2015 entrants is £62,142 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 (£3,820). In order to receive the minimum grant, the household income must be under £42,621.

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 2016/17 will be up to £3,387 for 2012 to 2015 entrants and up to £3,110 for pre-2012 entrants. This is non-repayable. Eligible students apply on their PR1 or online application form.

How do I apply?

If you live in England you can apply online through Student Finance England.

The application process is different if you’re a student from ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland.

Find out more

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: 

  • £17,495 for pre-2012 entry students
  • £21,000 for post-2012 entry students  

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

Useful documents

Funding factsheet 2017-18

Student funding 2017 - open day presentation

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