Government support for degree courses

The main student grants and loans offered by the government to UK and EU students include a:

• Tuition fee loan
• Maintenance loan (full-time students only)

You might also be able to get extra help, for example, if you’re on a low income, have a disability or have children or dependents.

If you’re a full or part-time student from England, you can apply online to Student Finance England for these grants and loans. There’s a different process if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or an EU country, see below for more information.

If you’re an international student, you’ll need our international fees and finance pages.

Main sources of funding

The process for applying for a Student Loan depends on where you are a resident. For the correct information please click on the relevant country below.

  • England

    Tuition Fee Loan

    This loan will cover the full amount of your fees. The amount you receive doesn’t depend on your household income. You’ll have to repay this loan, but not until you’ve graduated and are earning over £21,000 a year. 

    To ensure that funding is in place for the beginning of the academic year you should make an application as soon as possible. If you haven't received confirmation of a Tuition Fee Loan before the end of September then please email finance.sl@ucreative.ac.uk to let us know that your application is in progress. 

    More about Tuition Fee loans

    Maintenance Loan

    You can apply for a loan to help you pay your living costs. How much you can get will depend on your household income as well as where you choose to live and study. You’ll have to repay this loan, but not until you’ve graduated and are earning over £21,000 a year.

    More about the Maintenance Loan

  • EU

    The UK government has confirmed that EU students who apply to university in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student loans. You should apply for the loans through Student Finance England. 

    More about EU funding

  • Northern Ireland

    If you are a resident of Northern Ireland you should apply for a Student Loan from from Student Finance ni.

    Go to Student Finance ni

     

  • Scotland

    Tuition Fee Loan

    If you are a Scottish resident you should apply for your Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

    Additional Funding

    For Scottish residents, starting courses in September 2017, there are bursaries available to you when you apply to study with us. The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) offer two different bursaries that you can apply for, depending on which criteria you meet. Both bursaries are means tested and paid in addition to your student loan.

    - The Young Students’ Bursary (YSB)
    - The Independent Students’ Bursary (ISB) 

    You can apply for these regardless of whether you intend to study in Scotland, or elsewhere in the UK. 

    To find out more information and make sure you’re getting the most out of what is available to you, visit the SAAS website where you’ll find a breakdown on everything that’s available and information on how to apply.

    Find out more about additional funding

  • Wales

    Tuition Fee Loan

    If you are a Welsh resident you should apply for your Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Finance Wales.

    Additional Funding

    For Welsh residents, there are grants available to you when you apply to study with us. Student Finance Wales offer a non-repayable Fee Grant in addition to the standard Tuition Fee Loan.

    Importantly, Welsh residents do not need to study in Wales to be eligible for the Fee Grant – you can apply if you are studying anywhere in the UK.

    To find out more information and make sure you’re getting the most out of what is available to you, visit the Student Finance Wales website where you’ll find a breakdown on everything that’s available and information on how to apply.

  • Outside the EU

    If you’re an international student, you will need to visit our international fees and finance page.

Additional sources of funding

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

You may be able to get this grant if you have a long-term illness, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

You can apply for the DSA when you apply for student finance. If you qualify, it’s paid on top of the standard student finance you get. The amount you get isn’t affected by your household income and you don’t have to pay the money back.

Childcare Grant

If you’re a full-time student with children, you can apply for a Childcare Grant.

The money you may get will depend on your household income, the cost of your childcare and the number of children you have. Any money you get is paid on top of your student finance and you don’t have to pay it back.

Parents’ Learning Allowance

If you have children, this funding could help towards your course costs, such as books, materials and travel. How much you get depends on your household income and you don’t have to pay the money back.

Adult Dependants’ Grant

This grant could provide extra help if you’re a full-time student with an adult who depends on you financially.

The amount you get depends on your income and the income of your dependants. You can apply for this grant on top of any other student finance and you don’t have to pay it back.

Advice & guidance

If you’re in any way confused about what you can apply for, please get in touch with one of our friendly specialist advisers. They can also direct you to a variety of specialist resources to help you deal with practical issues and personal problems.

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