Student finance: how to apply

1. How to apply

New students from England

Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England.

  1. Set up a student finance online account.

  2. Log in and complete the online application.

  3. Include your household income if needed. Your parent or partner will be asked to confirm these details.

  4. Send in proof of identity, if needed.

  5. Sign and return the loan declaration, which you should receive within 6 weeks.

If you can’t apply online, use the form finder to get the forms you need. You can call Student Finance England if you want to apply online but you can’t use a computer without help.

Continuing students from England

You’re a ‘continuing student’ if you got finance last year. Log in to your student finance account and apply online.

There’s a different process if you became a part-time student before 1 September 2012.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

There’s a different process for students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

New EU students

  1. Download an application pack - use the form finder to get the forms you need.

  2. Send in proof of identity, if needed.

  3. You’ll get a letter confirming how much you’ll get, usually within 6 weeks.

Continuing EU students

If you’re a continuing student you’ll be sent the application forms.