Tuition Fee Loan
Student Finance is a loan available to all students who are eligible for “Home” student fee status to cover the
total cost of your tuition fees.
Your university or college sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to them. You have to pay it back
once you start earning above the payback threshold.
||2023 to 2024 academic year
||Up to £9,250
|Full-time Student at a private university or college
||Up to £6,165
||Up to £6,935
|Part-time student at a private university or college
||Up to £4,625
Use the student finance calculator to
estimate your Tuition Fee Loan.
You may also be eligible for additional maintenance loan which is intended for help with supporting living costs
(rent, groceries, travel costs). To be eligible you have to have:
The maximum amount of maintenance loan that you can get depends on where you live and on your household income
(or the income of your familial home if you lived with parents directly prior to going to university).
||2023 to 2024 academic year
|Living with your parents
||Up to £8,400
|Living away from your parents, outside London
||Up to £9,978
|Living away from your parents, in London
||Up to £13,022
|You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad
||Up to £11,427
|If you’re 60 or over on the first day of the first academic year of your course
||Up to £4,221
However, the student loan system has a number of criteria which would affect eligibility. It is vital that prospective students
meet all the criteria to get an award.
If your course lasts longer than 30 weeks and 3 days, you could get extra money included as part of your
maintenance loan. This is called a Long Course Loan.
You can use the student finance
calculator to estimate how much Maintenance Loan you’ll get - it will also tell you if
you’re eligible for extra grants or allowances.
Some students are considered 'independent', and their award is also free from income assessment e.g.,
student over 25, lone parent or where both parents are full-time students.
Part-time students can also get a non-means tested tuition fee loan and a means-tested maintenance loan. The
amount awarded depends on the intensity of the course. However, the only grant available is Disabled Students
Common issues arise when someone already has a Higher Education qualification, years of previous study, and/or
have not met the residency rules.
Financial support for whilst you are studying which you
do not have to pay back, and which covers any study-related costs that you may incur due to a
problem, long-term illness or other disability. It can be received on its own or in addition to
You can find out how much you may be able to receive and what costs it can cover on the GOV.UK
eligibility criteria here, and how to
make an application here.
If you are a student in England on a full-time undergraduate or Initial
Teacher Training (ITT) course, and your household income is below £18,739.99 per year, you
may be eligible
for Parents learning
Find out what you could
get, ;whether you are ;eligible, and how to make an application.
Extra money may be available in the form of non-repayable grants,
for instance if you have dependent children or have a disability. Since August 2017, new
Nursing and Midwifery
students now come under the general Student Finance regulations (continuing students remain on
the old NHS
bursary scheme). Additional funding for some undergraduate and postgraduate NHS courses is
the NHS Learning
Use the Scholarship Hub's search engine to find out if you are eligible for financial
support outside of the Student Finance system.
If you are a student in healthcare, social work or teacher training you may be eligible for extra financial help.
How can Your Advice Service help you?
We can work with you to check your eligibility for Student Finance or any additional funding and provide an
accurate estimate of how much you would be entitled to, as well as supporting you with preparing, submitting and
You can contact us by completing our online enquiry form.
If you have any questions or require advice or support regarding Postgraduate Study and your potential funding
options, please visit our webpage on Postgraduate
Funding – Home Students.