To make sure everything runs smoothly, we advise that you apply for funding before you enrol on your course. You don’t need a confirmed place at university to apply for your funding; you can use your preferred choice of course when you apply and then update these details later if needed.

Government support towards tuition fees and living costs*

If you are a UK student enrolling on your first full-time undergraduate or PGCE course you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England (or regional funding body) to cover your tuition fees, and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs.

Tuition fee loans will be paid directly to the university, while maintenance loans are paid to you in three instalments, usually at the beginning of each term. The amount of maintenance loan you receive will depend on your household income and also where you are living and studying. For more details, please see the Student finance calculator.

Additional non-repayable funding may also be available if you have dependent children and/or disabilities.

If you are a UK student studying on a part-time basis, you may only be eligible to receive the tuition fee loan.

Additional support for allied health professional courses*

From 2017/18, new students enrolling on BSc Nursing, Midwifery, and allied health professional courses such as Occupational Therapy and Podiatry may also be eligible to be assessed for additional non-repayable funding towards placement costs such as travel, dual accommodation, and childcare, from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Further details about applying for this support in 2017/18 academic year will be available on the NHS Business Services Authority website soon.

Funding for students from the EU*

EU students may be eligible to apply for a Tuition fee loan from Student Finance Services.

If they meet certain residency criteria, students from the EU may be considered as UK/ ‘Home’ students for funding purposes and therefore be eligible to receive funding towards their living costs.

Repaying Tuition fee and Maintenance loans

You are not usually expected to repay loans for tuition fees and maintenance until the April after you have left your course and you have an income of £21,000 or more per year. Repayments will be made at a rate of 9% of any income over this threshold. If the income drops below £21,000, repayments will stop, but interest may still accrue on the balance.

If there is any loan balance left thirty years after you were due to start making repayments, this will be written off.

For more information visit the Student Loan Repayment website.

Previous higher education study

If you have previously studied a higher education course, in the UK or overseas, this may affect your entitlement to receive financial support towards your new course, regardless of whether you obtained a qualification. We advise you to contact your regional funding body or email the Financial Guidance Team at for guidance before enrolling on a new course.

*eligibility criteria apply