EU students

You may be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan and help with living costs if you’re from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

Use the student finance calculator to see what finance you can get.

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.

2020 to 2021 academic year 2021 to 2022 academic year
Full-time student Up to £9,250 Up to £9,250
Full-time student at a private university or college Up to £6,165 Up to £6,165
Part-time student Up to £6,935 Up to £6,935
Part-time student at a private university or college Up to £4,625 Up to £4,625

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Tuition Fee Loan.

Help with living costs

You may be eligible for help with your living costs if both the following apply:

  • you’ve lived in the UK for more than 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
  • you have settled status

Example If your course begins on 20 September 2021, you must have lived in the UK since 1 September 2018.

Academic years start on 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July. Ask someone who runs your course if you do not know which one applies.

Student Finance from August 2021

If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

If you’re coming to the UK from 1 January 2021, you may need to apply for a visa to study here.

Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Apply

Apply for student finance or find out how to apply.

Further information

2020 to 2021 academic year

Student loans: a guide to terms and conditions 2020 to 2021

How you’re assessed and paid - 2020 to 2021 guide

2021 to 2022 academic year

Student loans: a guide to terms and conditions 2021 to 2022

How you’re assessed and paid - 2021 to 2022 guide

  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