Student finance: how to apply

Change an application

You must let Student Finance England know if your details change. How you tell them depends on whether you’re from England or the European Union (EU).

Students from England

Use your online account to change your personal details, for example bank or contact details.

If you change your course, university or college or have to repeat a year

You can tell Student Finance England if:

  • you’ve changed your course, university or college
  • you’re repeating a year

You need to:

  • use your online account if you’re a full-time student
  • download and fill in form CO2 if you’re a part-time student
Academic year Form
2019 to 2020 CO2 form for 2019 to 2020 (PDF, 85KB)
2018 to 2019 CO2 form for 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 93KB)

Send the completed form to Student Finance England.

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

After your course starts you can contact your university or college to change or repeat your course or change your Tuition Fee Loan.

If your household income has gone down

Your parents or partner must tell Student Finance England if they think their household income will be at least 15% lower than the tax year they submitted details for.

If you need to correct a mistake in household income

Your parents or partner must correct any mistakes relating to their household income.

If your name or marital status have changed

You must write and tell Student Finance England if your name or marital status have changed. The letter must include:

  • your customer reference number
  • the date
  • your signature

If you have changed your name you must also include a clear photocopy of one of the following:

  • marriage certificate
  • decree absolute
  • change of name deed - it must be an enrolled deed poll

If your marital status has changed you must also include a clear photocopy of one of the following:

  • marriage certificate
  • decree absolute
  • civil partnership final order

Send the letter and supporting document to Student Finance England.

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

If you cannot provide the right document contact Student Finance England.

If your parents or sponsor have another child

Your parents or sponsor must tell Student Finance England if they have any more children.

EU students

Update your personal details and Tuition Fee Loan amounts using form EUCO1 if you’re an EU student.

Academic year Form
2019 to 2020 EUCO1 form for 2019 to 2020 (PDF, 114KB)
2018 to 2019 EUCO1 form for 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 123KB)

Send the completed form to the Student Finance Services Non UK Team.

Student Finance Services Non UK Team
Student Finance England
PO Box 89
Darlington
DL1 9AZ

  1. Step 1 Check if you're eligible

  2. Step 2 Find out how much loan you could get

    Find out the maximum tuition fee and maintenance loan you could get if you're a:

    How much maintenance loan you get depends on where you'll study and your household income.

    1. Use the student finance calculator to estimate your maintenance loan

    You'll have to pay back any loan you get.

    1. Find out how much you'll repay
    2. Find out when you'll start repaying
  3. and Check if you can get extra help

  4. Step 3 Prepare your application

  5. Step 4 Apply

    1. Apply online

    You'll need to create a student finance account if you're a new student or sign into an existing account if you're a returning student.

    It can take up to 6 weeks to process your application. You might have to provide extra evidence.

  6. Step 5 Update your details if your circumstances change

    You must update your application if your circumstances change. For example if you:

    • change your course through clearing
    • change where you're going to live - for example with your parents instead of halls
    1. You are currently viewing: Find out how to update your application
  7. Step 6 Make sure you can be paid

    After you register at your university or college you'll usually get your maintenance loan paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term.

    Use your student finance account to:

    • update your bank details - for example if you open a student account
    • check how much you'll be paid
    • check when you'll be paid
    1. Sign in to your student finance account
  8. Step 7 Check what to do while you're studying

    You'll need to reapply for student finance for each year of your course.

    You must keep your details up to date throughout your course because some changes can affect your loan payments, for example if your household income or bank details change.

    1. You are currently viewing: Check how to update your details
    2. Find out what to do if you suspend or leave your course
  9. Step 8 Repay your loan