2. Loans and grants

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

Tuition Fee Loan

English or EU full-time or part-time students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.

The loan is paid directly to your university or college. You have to pay it back.

Full-time student Tuition Fee Loan
Full-time Up to £9,000
Full-time at a private university or college Up to £6,000
Part-time student Tuition Fee Loan
Part-time Up to £6,750
Part-time at a private university or college Up to £4,500

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You must be a full-time English student. Part-time and EU students and 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 courses from September 2013 Loan for courses from September 2014
Living at home Up to £4,375 Up to £4,418
Living away from home, outside London Up to £5,500 Up to £5,555
Living away from home, in London Up to £7,675 Up to £7,751
You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £6,535 Up to £6,600

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan.

Maintenance Grant for living costs

You must be a full-time English student. Part-time and EU students can’t apply.

You have to give details about 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 the grant back, but any grant you get will reduce 
the Maintenance Loan you can get.

Full-time student – household income Grant for courses from September 2013 Grant for courses from September 2014
£25,000 or less £3,354 £3,387
£30,000 £2,416 £2,441
£35,000 £1,478 £1494
£40,000 £540 £547
£42,611 (2013) or £42,620 (2014) £50 £50
Over £42,611 (2013) or £42,620 (2014) No grant No grant

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Grant.

Special Support Grant

You must be a full-time student. Part-time and EU students can’t apply.

You may get a Special Support Grant instead of a Maintenance Grant if you get or qualify for Income Support or Housing Benefit. 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.

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