Once you sent off your application form to your LA ,how long was it before you recieived ANY kind of letter stating you have applied for a loan? because i just applied for a tution fee loan rite now and my uni require evidence of who is payin fees by 22nd sept, so i need some evidence to show my uni.
Several weeks. From what I gather, evidence that you've applied won't be enough--you'd need evidence that they're actually going to give you money.
If I were you, I'd go and get a definitive answer now (from your university and/or Student Finance Direct, not TSR), rather than crossing your fingers and hoping something useful arrives in the post in the next 4 weeks.
As above you really need to contact Student Finance or better still try and get through to your local authority.
I'm in the same situation, sent off my forms and evidence about 2 months ago and i'm still waiting. I phone them as often as i can, but it's still awaiting assessment.
Hopefully your university should be understanding. Good Luck!