1. Overview

You may be able to borrow money to help pay for university or college tuition fees and to help with living costs.

You might get extra money on top of this, eg if you’re on a low income, are disabled or have children.

The rules are different if your course started before September 2012.

How to apply or support an application

Find out how to apply for student finance.

If you’re the parent or partner of a student, you’ll normally need to support a student finance application.

If you’re under 25 and have no contact with your parents or support yourself, you might be able to apply as an ‘estranged student’.

There’s a different process if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Contact the education authority if you live in the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) or Isle of Man.