If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student studying for the first time, you can apply for funding from the government.
Students resident in England
The standard student finance package for students starting their course in September 2018 will include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. You may have access to extra help in certain circumstances, for example, if you have children or other caring responsibilities, or if you have a disability.
Check the Extra government funding for students section below to see if your circumstances qualify you for extra help.
While you don’t have to pay back grants, student loans must be paid back once you have finished studying and are earning more than £25,000 per year.
If you are a part-time student resident in England starting an undergraduate course in 2018, you can apply for a loan if you are studying at least 25% of the equivalent full-time course. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan for living costs. There's also extra help available if you have a disability. You can view further details on the Student Finance website.
More information about student finance for UK students
If you are a UK resident, studying for an undergraduate degree for the first time, you should apply to the student finance body where you are normally resident when you first apply, to find out if you qualify for government funding.
Students resident in the EU
The UK government has confirmed that EU students who start their course in September 2018 will continue to be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan and will continue to be eligible for the duration of their course.
Most (non-UK) EU students should apply to the UK government via the Student Finance Services non-UK team, to determine your eligibility for a tuition fee loan.
However there are some exceptions, for example if you have been resident in the UK for more than 5 years or if you are an EEA migrant worker (or family member of) who has been granted Home fees status, you may be eligible to apply for the same maintenance loan as UK students.
Part-time EU students studying at least 25% of the equivalent full-time course can apply for a tuition fee loan.
More information for EU students