Support your child or partner's student finance application

You might need to submit information about your income if your child or partner has applied for student finance in England.

Your information will be used to work out if your child or partner can get extra money on top of the Tuition Fee Loan and the basic Maintenance Loan.

There’s a different process if your child or partner is applying in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

What you’ll need

You’ll need to know the following about a previous tax year:

  • your household’s taxable income
  • details of your personal taxable income

The previous tax year will be:

  • 2016 to 2017 if your child or partner is applying for the 2018 to 2019 academic year
  • 2015 to 2016 if your child or partner is applying for the 2017 to 2018 academic year

If you’re supporting your child’s application

Your household income is the combined income of:

  • you
  • your child
  • your partner - if you live with them now (even if you were not living with them during the previous tax year)

If you’re supporting your partner’s application

Your household income is the combined income of you and your partner (even if you were not living with them during the previous tax year).

How to submit

Once your child or partner has applied, you’ll get an email within 24 hours with a link to submit your information.

You might need to create an account. You must use your own account - you cannot use the same account as your child or partner.

If your current income is lower

You can give your details for the current tax year if you think your household income will be at least 15% lower than the tax year you’ve been asked to submit details for.

You’ll need to:

  • follow the usual process to provide your income details online
  • fill in a current tax year income assessment form and send it to Student Finance England

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

Academic year Form for full-time students
2018 to 2019 Full-time - current tax year income assessment form - 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 165KB)
2017 to 2018 Full-time - current tax year income assessment form - 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 566KB)
Academic year Form for part-time students
2018 to 2019 Part-time - current tax year income assessment form - 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 213KB)

What happens next

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will check that the information you’ve submitted matches their records. This will usually take up to 2 weeks.

You might be asked to send evidence of your:

  • income - if the details you’ve submitted do not match HMRC’s records
  • marital status - if you’re separated or divorced

It can take up to 6 weeks to review your evidence.

Student Finance England will write to your child or partner when all your information has been confirmed.

If your information is still being processed when your child or partner starts their course, they’ll still get the Tuition Fee Loan and the basic Maintenance Loan (if they’re eligible).

Change your details after you submit

Fill in a PFF2 or PFF3 form if:

  • you made a mistake
  • your circumstances (such as your salary or marital status) change after you submit
Academic year Form for full-time students
2018 to 2019 Full-time - PFF2 income details form - 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 245KB)
2017 to 2018 Full-time - PFF2 income details form - 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 245KB)
Academic year Form for part-time students
2018 to 2019 Part-time - PFF3 income details form - 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 275KB)

Send your completed form to Student Finance England.

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

Supporting a continuing student

Your child or partner needs to apply for student finance each year.

When they apply, you’ll get an email within 24 hours. The email will have a link to sign in to your account, where you must submit:

  • your marital status
  • any changes to the information you submitted the previous year
  • your financial information for the previous tax year