2. Loans and grants

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

Tuition Fee Loan

UK 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 or part-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 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 UK student. Part-time students, 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 2014 Loan for courses from September 2015
Living at home Up to £4,418 Up to £4,565
Living away from home, outside London Up to £5,555 Up to £5,740
Living away from home, in London Up to £7,751 Up to £8,009
You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £6,600 Up to £6,820

From 1 September 2016 the Maintenance Loan is increasing. You could get a loan of up to £8200 per year if you’re studying outside London.

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan.

Maintenance Grant for living costs

You must be a full-time UK 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 it back, but any funds you get will reduce 
the Maintenance Loan you can get.

Full-time student – household income Grant for courses from September 2014 Grant for courses from September 2015
£25,000 or less £3,387 £3,387
£30,000 £2,441 £2,441
£35,000 £1,494 £1,494
£40,000 £547 £547
£42,620 £50 £50
Over £42,620 No grant No grant

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Grant.

Special Support Grant

You must be a full-time UK 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
  • 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.

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. Medical and dental students might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.