Student Funding and How to Apply
When you are studying there will be two main costs - tuition fees and living costs (maintenance). You can get student finance to help you with both costs from student finance in one application. The easiest way to do this is online.
To find out how much you may be able to receive and how to apply, please click on the relevant link below:
Loans and Grants for Welsh Students
Tuition Fee Loans are available to cover your tuition fee, up to a maximum £9,000 for study in Wales.
Maintenance support is also available towards your living costs
Total support available in 2023/24
• £11,720 (if living elsewhere)
• £9,950 (if living in parental home)
£1,000 maintenance grant available to all eligible students
Additional means-tested grant for households incomes below £59,200
Maintenance loan available to top up the level of grant support to the total support.
You can apply online at Student Finance Wales in the spring and it is recommended that you apply early to give student finance plenty of time to process your application.
Special Support Grant 2023/2024
If eligible for Special Support Grant, you will get the same level of grant but a higher rate of loan of up to £5,360 (elsewhere) or £4,475 (parental home). In addition, the first £5,161 of the grant doesn’t count as income when you work out other income-related benefits or tax credits.
Loans and grants for English Students
Tuition Fee Loan
A tuition fee loan is available to cover your fees, up to a maximum of £9,250.
Maintenance Loan in 2023/2024 - the maximum you can receive is:
Living away from home (outside of London): £9,978, or £11,374 if eligible to receive certain benefits*
Living at home: £8,400, or £9,910 if eligible to receive certain benefits*
*You might be able to get extra amount of Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs if any of the following apply while you’re on your course:
• you’re a single parent or single foster parent of a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level or on an approved training course;
• you have a partner who is also a full-time student and one or both of you is responsible for a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level or on an approved training course;
• you have a disability and qualify for the Disability Living Allowance, Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium;
• you qualify for Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment;
• you’re deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances;
• you have been treated as incapable of work for a continuous period of at least 28 weeks;
• you have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance; or
• you’re waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended
You can apply online at Student Finance England and it is recommended that you apply early to give student finance plenty of time to process your application.
Loans and Grants for Northern Irish Students
Tuition fee Loan
A tuition fee loan is available to cover your fees, up to a maximum of £9,250.Maintenance Loan
The maximum you can receive in 2023/24 is:
Living away from home: £6,776
If you are in receipt of a Grant the amount of loan you receive is reduced.*
The maximum you can receive in 2023/2024 is £3,475.
*In Northern Ireland, if you receive the full grant of £3,475 you will receive £4,661 loan. This could be more if you receive a Special Support Grant.
You can apply online at Student Finance Northern Ireland.
Loans and Bursaries for Scottish Students
Tuition Fee Loan
A tuition fee loan is available to cover the full cost of your fees, up to a maximum of £9,250.Maintenance Support
There is a package of loans and bursaries available. The amounts available will depend on whether you are assessed as a Young Student or an Independent Student
Further information and to apply go to Student Awards Agency Scotland.