If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student studying for the first time, you can apply for the government-funded student loan package.
Students resident in England
Starting in academic year 2020–21
Applications for undergraduate loans for 2020-21 open in late February 2020.
The standard student finance package for UK students starting their course in academic year 2020–21 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 £25,725 per year. The repayment threshold changes on 6 April each year.
If you are a part-time student resident in England starting an undergraduate course in academic year 2020–21, 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.
Students on nursing, midwifery and allied health course
The government has announced that new and continuing students studying nursing, midwifery and some allied health subjects will receive a non-repayable grant of at least £5,000 from September 2020. Read more on the Council of Deans of Health website.
If you are starting a course leading to professional registration in nursing or allied health courses in academic year 2020–21, you will need to apply to Student Finance England (SfE) for a loan to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. 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. At Brighton this applies to the following pre-registration courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level: nursing (adult, child or mental health), midwifery, physiotherapy, podiatry and occupational therapy.
If you already have a degree, you can still access the full SFE undergraduate loan package for the above courses if you are an undergraduate student or a full-time postgraduate student.
You may be eligible for additional financial support from the NHS Learning Support Fund, in addition to the Student Finance England loan support package. This fund offers support for:
- Students with at least one dependent child (Child Dependants Allowance)
- Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses for a placement
- Students experiencing extreme financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)
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 there will be no change to the tuition fee status of EU student starting their course at a UK university in academic year 2020–21. This means that EU student will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.
EU students starting their course in academic year 2020–21 will continue to be eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England for the duration of their course, even if it ends after the UK leaves the EU.
Most 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