Student finance for academic year 2016 to 2017

Your first student finance payment

You must register at your university or college before you can get your
 first student finance payment. You’ll usually do this in the first week of your course. Take your student finance entitlement letter with you.

Once your university or college confirms that you’ve registered, Student Finance England will make your first payment.

Any Maintenance Loan you’re eligible for will be paid into your bank account. It may take three working days for the money to reach your account.

Any Tuition Fee Loan you’re eligible for will be paid to your university or college.

Still need to apply for student finance for 2016 to 2017?

The deadline for new full-time students to apply for student finance for the 2016 to 2017 academic year was 27 May 2016. You can still apply for student finance, but you might not get your money before the start of your course.

It takes at least 6 weeks to process your application. You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply, just use your preferred choice and update it if it changes.

Sign in to your account to check the status of your application. You can also see letters and emails sent to you by Student Finance England.

Extra help

You may also be able to apply for:

Your university or college might offer you a bursary or scholarship to help with your studies.

Part-time students

New part-time students starting a course in 2016 to 2017 can apply for student finance now. Apply as early as possible to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course.

If you’re a continuing part-time student

If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, you’ll get an email when it’s time to re-apply.

If you started your course before this, you can apply for student finance for 2016 to 2017 now.

Postgraduate loan for master’s degrees

You can now apply for a postgraduate loan if you’re starting a master’s course from 1 August 2016. You may be able to get up to £10,000 to help with your course and living costs.

Student finance for 2017 to 2018

There’s lots of financial help available if you’re thinking about going to university or college in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

You may be eligible for:

  • a loan of up to £9,250 to cover tuition fees
  • loans to help with living costs, such as rent and books

You may also be eligible for extra help if you have a disability, children, or an adult who depends on you financially.

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