If you leave or suspend your studies you must:
- stop your student finance
- repay any student finance you are not entitled to
Your student finance includes:
- Maintenance Loans
- Tuition Fee Loans
- grants and bursaries
How much you need to repay and when you need to repay it depends on:
- what type of student finance you have
- when in the academic year you leave your course
- whether you’re planning to return to your course or not
If you suspend because of illness or another serious personal reason, you might still be able to get student finance while you’re away.
Step 1: Check if you're eligible
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:
- new full-time student
- continuing full-time student
- part-time student
- EU student
- student who started before 1 September 2012
How much maintenance loan you get depends on where you'll study and your household income.
You'll have to pay back any loan you get.
and Check if you can get extra help
You might be able to get extra money if you:
- are under 25, have no contact with your parents and support yourself
- pay for childcare
- are a full-time student with children
- have an adult who depends on you financially
- have a disability, mental or physical health problem or learning difficulty like dyslexia
You might also be able to get other financial help, for example from your university or the government.
Step 3: Prepare your application
Step 4: Apply
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.
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
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
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.
- Check how to update your details
- Find out what to do if you suspend or leave your course
Step 8: Repay your loan