Student finance options
Depending on your situation, your journey throughÂ StudentÂ Finance might look a little different.Â Whatever your circumstances, weâre here to help guide you through it.
Studying for a Foundation Diploma?
If you are studying a Level 3 qualification such as a Foundation diploma, and you are 19 years old and over and live in England, you can now apply to Student Finance England for a Tuition Fee Loan, called theÂ AdvancedÂ Learner Loan, to help payÂ forÂ your course. This does not cover your living costs, so you need to make sure you are able toÂ supportÂ yourself whilst you study.
ApplyÂ online and indicate that you are studying for aÂ diploma. You willÂ requireÂ a Funding and Information letter from your college or university to complete your application and the loan will be paidÂ directÂ to them. If you go on to study a degreeÂ immediatelyÂ afterwards, this loan will be written off meaning you will not have to pay it back. For more information about the Advanced Learner Loan, check out this website.
You should be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan if your part-time course has a âcourse intensityâ of 25% or more. This means how much of your course you complete each year compared to if it was a full-time course. You can check course intensity with your university or college.
Tuition fee loan
Your university or college sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to them.
|Part-time student||Tuition Fee Loan forÂ the 2016Â to 2017 academic year||Tuition Fee Loan for the 2017 to 2018 academic year|
|Part-time||Up to Â£6,750||Up to Â£6,935|
|Part-time at a private university or college||Up to Â£4,500||Up to Â£4,625|
Do you have a disability or a health condition?
If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) you may be able to get more help from Student Finance.
Disabled Studentsâ Allowance (DSA) is paid on top of your Maintenance Loan and helps towards the extra costs you may have because of your disability, such as specialist equipment. DSA does not have to be paid back. How much help you can get depends on your individual needs and not your household income.
More information on DSA can be found at Disabled Studentsâ Allowances In addition to Disabled Studentsâ Allowance, and depending on the type of disability you have, you may also qualify forÂ disability related benefits.
Are you a parent or carer?
You can apply for additional help if you take care of someone else. This paid on top of your Maintenance Loan to help with things like childcare and other related costs. You do not need to apply separately, because you will be assessed for this extra help when you apply for your main funding. Check out these websites for more info:
Estranged from your family?
If you are estranged, this means you have no contactÂ from yourÂ family and are not supported by them. You can say this on your application and will not need to give household income, as Student Finance will assess you as an independent student. A special member of the Independent Team, who will explain the information they need to make sure you get the right support, will contact you. You may also be able to apply for more helpÂ from your university with bursaries and/or accommodation assistance. ForÂ detailsÂ of whether yourÂ universityÂ offers additionalÂ support, you can contact Stand Alone.
I am an EUÂ (European)Â student
If you are from the EU, for 2017/18, you canÂ applyÂ for a Tuition Fee Loan from StudentÂ Finance, butÂ notÂ the Maintenance Loan. Download the EU17N form,Â completeÂ and return with your evidence. If you are working in the UK prior to the start of your course and did not come to the UK to study you may be ableÂ toÂ apply for MaintenanceÂ SupportÂ as a Migrant Worker.
UKCISA offers information and advice for International and all non-UK students.