3. Continuing full-time students

What you’re eligible for depends on when your course starts.

You may also be able to get extra help.

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2016

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan if your course starts on or after 1 August 2016.

Tuition Fee Loan

Your university or college sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to them. You have to pay it back.

Full-time student 2017 to 2018 academic year 2018 to 2019 academic year
Full-time Up to £9,250 Up to £9,250
Full-time at a private university or college Up to £6,165 Up to £6,165

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You may have to give details of your household income.

The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You have to pay the loan back.

Full-time student 2017 to 2018 academic year 2018 to 2019 academic year
Living at home Up to £7,097 Up to £7,324
Living away from home, outside London Up to £8,430 Up to £8,700
Living away from home, in London Up to £11,002 Up to £11,354
You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £9,654 £9, 963

In your final year, you’ll receive less money than you did in previous years.

If your course started before 1 August 2016

You can apply for grants and loans if your course started before 1 August 2016.

Tuition Fee Loan

Your university or college sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to them. You have to pay it back.

Full-time student 2017 to 2018 academic year 2018 to 2019 academic year
Full-time Up to £9,250 Up to £9,250
Full-time at a private university or college Up to £6,165 Up to £6,165

Maintenance Loan for living costs

Students aged 60 and over can’t apply. You may have to give details of your household income.

The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. You have to pay the loan back.

Full-time student 2017 to 2018 academic year 2018 to 2019 academic year
Living at home Up to £4,806 Up to £4,960
Living away from home, outside London Up to £6,043 Up to £6,236
Living away from home, in London Up to £8,432 Up to £8,702
You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £7,180 Up to £7,410

In your final year, you’ll receive less money than you did in previous years.

Maintenance Grant for living costs

You have to give details of your household income and your course start date.

The grant is paid into your bank account at the start of each term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce 
the Maintenance Loan you can get.

Special Support Grant

You may get a Special Support Grant instead of a Maintenance Grant if you get or qualify for:

  • Income Support
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • the housing element of Universal Credit

The amount you get is the same as the Maintenance Grant, but it won’t reduce the Maintenance Loan you can get.

You may get the Special Support Grant if, for example, you’re a lone parent or have certain disabilities.

You’ll be told if you can get the grant when you apply for student finance.

Apply

Apply for student finance or find out how to apply.

Help with the costs of studying abroad

You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Further information

2018 to 2019 academic year

2017 to 2018 academic year