Are you thinking of starting university or college in 2017?

You won’t have to pay tuition fees upfront

Publicly funded universities and colleges can charge up to £9,250 a year for courses from August 2017 (subject to parliamentary approval). You won’t need to pay these fees upfront if you’re from England and studying for your first degree or other higher education qualification. Private universities can charge more.

Check if you’re eligible for student finance.

Student finance

If you’re a full-time student going into higher education for the first time, you could be eligible for:

  • a loan to pay your tuition fees (up to £6,165 for a private university)
  • a loan to help pay for your living costs (between £7,097 and £11,002 depending on where you live and study)
  • extra help, for example scholarships and bursaries

Part-time students

Part-time students could be eligible for a tuition fee loan. Studying part-time could give you flexibility over the way you study, boost your career prospects and allow you to learn while you earn.

What you’ll need to pay back

Your loan repayments will be based on your income, not what you borrowed. You’ll only make loan repayments when your income is over £21,000 a year.

Finding a university or college course

You can search for most higher education courses online.

There’s also independent information about courses and student feedback and satisfaction on the unistats website.

Deadlines for applications

You can apply to UCAS from mid-September 2016 for courses starting in August 2017.

The deadline for most applications is January 2017, although this can vary depending on the course.

You can apply for student finance from February 2017. You should apply by May to get the money before the start of your course, but you can still apply after that.

Nursing and midwifery finance

If you’re thinking of studying either a nursing, midwifery or allied healthcare course from August 2017 you can find out how healthcare education funding is changing.