Faqs

FAQS

The two main costs you'll have while studying are tuition fees and living costs. You can apply for loans to help with both of these.

Tuition fees are the amount your university or college charges each year to attend your course. A Tuition Fee Loan covers the cost of your tuition fees. If you're starting or continuing a course in 2017/18, you can get up to £9,250 to cover the fees your university or college charges. If you apply for a Tuition Fee Loan you should confirm the fees with your university or college annually. This will make sure you apply to SFE for the correct amount.
The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to your university or college in three instalments throughout the academic year.
You can apply for loans to help with your living costs.
The information on this page is for new and continuing students in academic year 2017/18 (from 1 August 2016).
This helps with your living costs and is paid to you in three instalments throughout the academic year. The figures shown below are totals for each academic year.
Living with parents Up to £7,097
Studying in London and not living with parents Up to £11,002
Studying outside London and not living with parents Up to £8,430
Living and studying abroad for at least one academic term Up to £9,654
Student Finance England doesn't just offer help towards your tuition fees and living costs, we can also provide the following:
You might be able to get a Travel Grant if you're attending a clinical placement in the UK or studying abroad as part of your course. It can help towards your travel expenses if you're on a clinical placement in the UK, or help pay for up to three return journeys between the UK and your placement abroad. You have to pay the first £303 of your travel yourself and the total amount you get will depend on your household income. You must keep all your receipts as evidence of travel.
If you're studying abroad the Travel Grant can also help pay for any medical insurance or visas you need.
Full-time Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, attract funding in the same way as other undergraduate degree programmes. This means full-time students will be able to apply for student finance for fees and living costs in the same way as undergraduates on any other higher-education course.
Under the Erasmus+ scheme — part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme — you can study for part of your degree in one of 32 other countries across Europe. UK Erasmus+ students normally receive an Erasmus+ grant, provided by the European Commission, which contributes towards the extra costs you may have from studying abroad. Erasmus+ grants in the UK are paid through the home university or college in addition to the standard grants or loans. You should speak to your uni or college for information on fees charged.
For more information contact the Erasmus+ co-ordinator at your university or college.
And finally, you might be able to get a bursary or scholarship from your university or college. Find out more by checking your university or college website.
If you're a full-time student and have dependent children under the age of 15 (or 17 if they have special educational needs) you might be able to get extra funding to help towards your childcare costs. You can tell us you want to apply for a Childcare Grant (CCG) when you're filling in your main student finance application.
CCG is help with childcare costs if you've got a dependent child under the age of 15 at the beginning of the academic year, or under 17, if they have special educational needs. You have to be using registered, approved childcare.
Depending on your household income, you can apply for up to 85% of your actual childcare costs during term time and holidays. In academic year 2017/18, you can get up to £159.59 per week for one child or up to £273.60 per week if you have two or more children.
CCG is usually paid in three instalments, one at the start of each term. It's paid directly into your bank account with your other student finance payments.
No, but if your estimates of your childcare costs are too high, or you don't confirm your actual costs on time you'll have to repay any CCG that you've been overpaid.
Tell us on your main application that you want to apply for CCG. Make sure you send us any evidence we've asked for, for example we'll ask for your child's birth certificate and evidence that they are dependent on you, such as your tax credit award letter.
We'll send you a Childcare Grant Application form (CCG1) to fill in. This form will ask you to give us an estimate of your weekly childcare costs. We'll use this information, and the information on your main application, to work out how much CCG you can get. You can also download a CCG1 form from www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Three times a year you'll be sent a Childcare Grant Costs Confirmation form (CCG2). This form asks for your childcare provider to confirm how much they've charged you. We use this information to make sure you're getting the right amount of CCG. If you've been paid too much or not enough we'll adjust your next payment.
Make sure you send the CCG2 back when we ask for it, if you don't we won't be able to pay any more CCG and will ask you to repay what you've already had.
You should apply early so that you get your CCG at the start of your course, this might mean you haven't found a childcare provider yet. You can still apply for CCG and get your first payment if you don't know who your childcare provider will be. If you apply without childcare provider details your payments will be capped at £123.38 a week until you give us the details.
You can't get CCG if you, or your husband, wife, civil partner or partner, get:
he childcare element of either Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit,
Tax-Free Childcare from HM Revenue & Customs, or
Childcare Allowance from the NHS and you started your course before 1 August 2017 but you can choose to get CCG from us instead.
All three and four year olds, and some two year olds, are able to get a free, part-time early-learning place in a pre-school setting. CCG won't be paid for any period covered by this free place, but it can be paid to cover the cost of any extra childcare.
You can find more information about registered, approved childcare at www.gov.uk/childcare-grant
CCG won't be taken into account when Jobcentre Plus or your local authority's housing benefit teams are working out your other benefits. HM Revenue and Customs won't count CCG when they're working out your entitlement to tax credits, but remember you, or your partner can't get CCG and the childcare element of Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit at the same time.
Lots of students from overseas choose to study in the UK. If you are an EU national, or the family member of an EU national, and are studying at a university or college in England you might be able to get student finance to help pay for your tuition fees. If you are from outside the EU you will not normally be able to get student finance from us.
If you have been living in the UK for at least five years before the start of your course and your main reason for moving to the UK was not for full-time education, you can apply as if you were a UK national. Go to the living costs page for more information about what you can get.
To get a Tuition Fee Loan you must:
be an EU national, or the family member of an EU national
have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for at least three years before the start of your course, and
be studying on a course that qualifies for student finance
To qualify for student finance your course must be at a university or college in England that gets public funding. Some private universities or colleges will offer courses that are specifically designated, meaning you could get funding if you are on one of those courses. Some groups of schools taking part in the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) will also qualify for funding.
Your course must also lead to one of the following qualifications:
Degree (such as a BA, BSc or BEd)
Foundation Degree
Diploma of Higher Education (DipEd)
Higher National Diploma (HND)
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
Certificate of Higher Education
Integrated Masters
If you are unsure if your course qualifies for funding, you should ask your university or college.
In academic year 2017/18, if you and your course qualify you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 if you are studying at a publicly-funded university or college.
If you are studying at a private university or college you can get a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £6,165. Your university or college might charge more than this. In this case, you will have to arrange with them to pay the difference.
We will pay your Tuition Fee Loan directly to your university or college in three instalments once they have told us you are registered on your course.
Yes, but not until you have finished or left your course and your income is over £21,000 a year. If you choose to live outside the UK after your course you must let us know. The threshold for repayment might be different depending on which country you choose to live in.
You are charged interest from the day your first payment is made until your loan is repaid in full or cancelled. The interest rate is based on the UK Retail Price Index (RPI) and will vary depending on your circumstances. You can find out more about repaying your loan at www.slc.co.uk/repayment
You will fill in a paper application form and send it to us at the following address:
Student Finance Services
Student Loans Company
PO Box 89
Darlington
County Durham
England
DL1 9AZ
Application forms for academic year 2017/18, will be available to download at gov.uk from spring 2017. If you are a new student you should apply as early as possible to make sure your Tuition Fee Loan is ready for the start of your course. This means you might be applying before you have a confirmed place, but you can change your course details later if you accept a place on a different course.
EU students can normally only get help to pay for their tuition fees. However, in some circumstances you might be able to apply for help with your living costs in the same way as a UK national.
You might be able to apply for additional student finance as a migrant worker if you, or a family member, are working in the UK and are a national of an EEA country or Switzerland. You have to be living in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of your course and have been living in the EEA or Switzerland for at least three years before the start of your course. Go to the living costs page for more information about what you can get.
You might be able to apply for additional student finance if you are the child of a Swiss national. Your Swiss national parent will be asked to provide evidence that they are living in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of your course. Go to the living costs page for more information about what you can get.
The international office at your university or college will be able to help you with general questions about coming to the UK to continue your education.They will be used to working with students from all over the world.
You can contact Student Finance Services if you need help with your application or working out what you can apply for. Their phone number is (+44) (0) 141 243 3570 and the office is open from 9:00 to 17:30 GMT from Monday to Friday.
If you are studying in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland the support you can get might be different. For more information if you are:
studying in Wales, go to www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
studying in Northern Ireland, go to
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
studying in Scotland, go to www.saas.gov.uk
Read our guides for more information about funding for EU students:
Students from the EU starting a course in England – quick guide
Full-time EU students studying in England – main guide
In order to qualify for funding from the Student Loan Company depends on
The University or College
The Course you intend to take
Whether you've studied a higher education course before
Your age at the start of the course
Your nationality or residency status
The course being offered by the University, College or other institution should be a qualifying course under the high education student finance scheme.
The University, College or other institution has to be within UK.
Those not in UK, whether in EU or another country or distance learning will not be considered by the Student Loan Company (SLC).
The course should be registered under a University, College or other institution and should be delivered within UK.
The courses recognised by the SLC are:
First Degree (BA, BSc or Bed)
Foundation Degree
Certificate of Higher Education
Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE)
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Higher National Diploma (HND)
Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
Initial Teacher Training
Part Time Students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.
This is known as 'course intensity'. You can check course intensity with Novelwall support team.
There's no upper age limit for Tuition Fee Loans or grants. To apply for a Maintenance Loan you have to be under 60 years at the start of the course.
Based on your national status or residency status you are eligible if:
You posses a UK nationality or have 'settled status' (no restrictions on how long you can stay). Non-UK nationals must have settled status on the first day of the first academic year of the course - which could be 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July.
You are British by birth and normally live in England
You are from a EU Country and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for more than 3 years in UK.
You are a refugee
You are under humanitarian protection
You are an EEA migrant worker
You are a child of a Swiss national>
You are a child of a Turkish worker

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