Government Funding 2016/17

Full-time Undergraduate

Student Finance England (SFE) is a service provided by the Student Loans Company. We provide financial support on behalf of the UK Government to students from England entering higher education in the UK.

Tuition Fee Loan

What’s it for?

It helps pay the tuition fees charged by your university or college.

How much can I get?

Up to £9,000 to cover your tuition fees if you’re studying at a publicly-funded university or college. Up to £6,000 towards your tuition fees if you’re studying an approved course at a private university or college.

Do I have to pay it back?

Yes, but not until you’ve finished your course and your income is over £21,000 a year.

Maintenance Loan

What’s it for?

It helps with your living costs, such as rent, food, books, travel and other expenses, while you’re studying. We pay your Maintenance Loan straight into your bank account, usually in three instalments, one at the start of each term.

How much can I get?

The amount you can get depends on where you live, where you study and your household income.
Living with parents Up to £6,904
Living away from the parental home up to £8,200

Do I have to pay it back?

Yes, but not until you’ve finished your course and your income is over £21,000 a year.

You might be able to get extra Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs if any of the following apply while you’re on your course:

  • You’re a single parent or single foster parent of a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher education level or on an approved training course.
  • You have a partner who is also a full-time student and one or both of you is responsible for a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level or on an approved training course.
  • You have a disability and qualify for the Disability Living Allowance, Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium.
  • You qualify for Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment.
  • You’re deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances.
  • You have been treated as incapable of work for a continuous period of at least 28 weeks.
  • You have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • or you’re waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)


What’s it for?

DSAs help with the extra essential costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

DSAs can help with the cost of having a person to support you (for the additional support you might need while studying), items of specialist equipment, travel and other study-related costs. It doesn’t depend on your household income. How much you’ll get depends on your individual needs.

Do I have to pay it back?

No, unless you leave your course early.

Childcare Grant


What’s it for?

It helps with childcare costs if you have dependent children aged under 15 (or under 17 if they have special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare. Depending on your household income you can get 85% of childcare costs, up to a maximum of £155.24 a week for one child, or up to £266.15 a week for two or more children.

Do I have to pay it back?

No, unless you are overpaid or leave your course early.

Parents’ Learning Allowance


What’s it for?

It helps with course-related costs if you have dependent children. You can get up to £1,573 a year, depending on your household income.

Do I have to pay it back?

No, unless you are overpaid or leave your course early.

Adult Dependants’ Grant


What’s it for?

It helps with costs if an adult depends on you financially. You can get up to £2,757 a year depending on your household income.

Do I have to pay it back?

No, unless you are overpaid or leave your course early.

For Financial Support Enquiries:

Telephone: 01772 892583 / Email: SFSTeam@uclan.ac.uk