Government Funding 2017/18

Student Finance England (SFE) provide financial support on behalf of the UK Government.

The two main costs you’ll have while studying are tuition fees and living costs, there’s student finance available to help students with both.

Tuition Fees

  • Eligible students won’t have to pay any tuition fees up front.
  • A Tuition Fee Loan is available to cover the fee charged by a university
  • or college.
  • A Tuition Fee Loan doesn’t depend on household income.
  • SFE pay the Tuition Fee Loan directly to your university or college.
  • The loan is repayable, but only when your income is over £21,000 a year.


More tuition fees information can be found on the tuition fee section of our website.

Living Costs

Depending on your circumstances, course and where you study, you may be able to get a range of financial help and support.


  • A Maintenance Loan is available to help with your living costs while in higher education.  The amount of Maintenance Loan you can get depends on where you live, study, and assessment on household income.
  • Maintenance Loan is paid directly into your bank account each term.
  • Maintenance Loans have to be paid back but not until you’ve left university and you’re income is over £21,000 a year.


Other financial help and support may also be available if you:


  • have children or an adult dependent on you
  • have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty.


How to Apply

Apply online at

Apply early to make sure your student finance is ready for the start
of your course.

You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply.

Apply with your preferred choice, you can change details later if required.