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Student finance

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 Tuition Fee Loan
Full-time Up to £9,250
Full-time at a private university or college 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 Maintenance Loan
Living at home Up to £7,097
Living away from home, outside London Up to £8,430
Living away from home, in London Up to £11,002
You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £9,654

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan.

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 Tuition Fee Loan for the 2016 to 2017 academic year Tuition Fee Loan for the 2017 to 2018 academic year
Full-time Up to £9,000 Up to £9,250
Full-time at a private university or college Up to £6,000 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 term. You have to pay the loan back.

Full-time student Loan for the 2016 to 2017 academic year Loan for the 2017 to 2018 academic year
Living at home Up to £4,675 Up to £4,806
Living away from home, outside London Up to £5,878 Up to £6,043
Living away from home, in London Up to £8,202 Up to £8,432
You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £6,984 Up to £7,180

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan.

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 term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce 
the Maintenance Loan you can get.

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Grant.

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.

Further information

2017 to 2018 academic year

2016 to 2017 academic year

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.