You should apply for student finance without delay, if you have not already done so and you are:
- a UK (United Kingdom) national
- normally a resident in England
- living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for three continuous years before the first day of your course.
Other UK nationals may be eligible for full support if you:
- were living in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein on 31 December 2021, or returned to the UK by 31 December 2020 after living in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
- have been living in the UK, EU, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for the past three years.
This list is not exhaustive as there are other categories of eligibility for full support, so please check the complete list on the Student Finance website.
EU students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 usually must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. We strongly advise you to use the Student Finance online calculator to check your entitlement before you apply.
Irish citizens may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan only if they were:
- resident in the UK, Gibraltar, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland for three years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course and
- remained ordinarily resident in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA or Switzerland between the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) and the first day of the first academic year of the course.
If your choice of university has changed since you first applied
You need to advise Student Finance if your choice of university has changed since your original UCAS application. You can do this by logging into your Student Finance account before you start your course. It takes approximately 6 weeks to process an application.
For more information about finance and loans visit the Student Finance website.
When will I receive my student finance
Student finance can take 2-4 weeks to arrive from the start of term therefore be prepared for financial delays. We recommend that you make sure you have sufficient funds in your bank account when you arrive to cover your rent, food, study, travel and entertainment costs for 2-4 weeks at the start of term in case there are any delays in receiving your student finance.
Bursaries and scholarships
Find out more about undergraduate bursaries, scholarships and other financial support for:
You can apply for a postgraduate masters loan from Student Finance England for your course or living expenses, if you are:
- a UK or Irish national or have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or indefinite leave to remain
- normally resident in England
- living in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland for three continuous years before the first day of your course
- starting a full, stand-alone masters course worth at least 180 credits.
Postgraduate students on eligible PGCE courses and postgraduate pre-registration healthcare courses should apply for the undergraduate student finance package, even though you are studying for a postgraduate course.
The scheme allows you to borrow up to a maximum of £11,836, which will be paid in three instalments at the start of each term.
Further details on what is available and eligibility can be found on the Student Finance England website. Applications for postgraduate loans are now open.
If you currently receiving Universal Credit or other DWP benefits, please contact us for more advice and information regarding the relationship between student finance and benefits.
More information about the loan scheme is available on gov.uk, The Student Room and FindAMasters.
Bursaries and scholarships
Find out more about postgraduate bursaries, scholarships and other financial support for: