Student finance: how to apply

Proof of identity

Students from England

Include your valid UK passport details in your application the first time you apply. Do not send the passport itself.

If you do not have a UK passport (or it has expired), send your original birth or adoption certificate using the certificate form.

Academic Year Form
2018 to 2019 UK passport details form 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 421KB)
Birth or adoption certificate form 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 464KB)
2017 to 2018 UK passport details form 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 421KB)
Birth or adoption certificate form 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 464KB)

EU students

Send your non-UK passport or identity card the first time you apply.

Where to send your documents

Any original documents you send will be returned to you within 4 weeks.

Students from England

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

EU students

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. 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. 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