Student finance: how to apply

Change an application

You must say if any details in your application change. You’ll need to report some changes yourself. Your parents, partner or sponsor will need to report others.

Changes you must report

Full time students

Use your online account to tell Student Finance England if:

  • you’ve changed your course, university or college
  • you’re repeating a year
  • you’ve changed your name or marital status
  • your Tuition Fee Loan amount has changed

Part-time students and EU students

If you’re a part-time or EU student, you’ll need to fill in form CO2 or EUCO1 instead.

Academic year Student type Form
2020 to 2021 Part-time student CO2 form for 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 94KB)
2019 to 2020 Part-time student CO2 form for 2019 to 2020 (PDF, 85KB)
2020 to 2021 EU student EUCO1 form for 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 146KB)
2019 to 2020 EU student EUCO1 form for 2019 to 2020 (PDF, 114KB)

Use your online account to send the form to Student Finance England, or send it by post. The address is on the form.

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

If you’ve changed your name or marital status

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

  • your customer reference number
  • the date
  • your signature
  • evidence that you’ve changed your name or marital status

If you’ve changed your name you must include a copy of one of the following with your letter:

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

If you’ve changed your marital status, you must include a copy of one of the following with your letter:

  • marriage certificate
  • decree absolute
  • civil partnership final order

Use your online account to send the letter and evidence to Student Finance England, or send it by post.

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

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

Changes your parents, partner or sponsor must report

If your household income changes

Your parents or partner must:

If your parents or sponsor have another child

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

  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