The simple short answer on applying for student loans is to visit the student finance website (now called Student Finance for England and is under the umbrella of direct.gov.uk) - The longer version is shown below on what you can expect to receive to help pay your tuition fees and if any grants or bursaries are available.
You need to ensure you get your application in good time. The general deadline for the majority of courses is 31st May after your term begins. The absolute deadlines are:
The sooner you process the paperwork, the faster the money gets sent to your university.
|Course Start Date||Application Deadline|
|1st August to 31st December||31st May|
|1st January to 31st March||30th September|
|1st April to 30th June||31st December|
|1st July to 31st July||31st March|
You can apply at any time before these dates and don't need a confirmed place to begin the process.
For students starting in the current term, you can apply for all your student loans and repayments online at the government's website. If you don't want to do this, you can also use the old method and apply in writing from the same website. The online process is simple where you just need to enter your details.
The general student loan only covers tuition fees (see below) and you can also use the same application to apply for a maintenance loan for living expenses. Other specialist grants and bursaries that may be offered by your college or university have a separate process.
Although there is more information about the loans here, we have provided an overview of what it is for and how to pay it back.
The standard student loan only covers your annual tuition fees, and if you need an additional loan to cover living expenses, you can apply to have a maintenance loan. This advance differs slightly depending on where you're based (in London the available loan is higher). This type of advance is not means tested, and you can also get a loan if you're living with your parents while studying.
All government backed grants for tuition and maintenance are no longer available. Although you can still receive a range of grants in certain circumstances, the base level grant system ceased several years ago.
To apply for any of the finance options, you need to go online to the following addresses: