Student finance application faqs

Applying for student finance can be confusing. Please see the FAQs below for help with those little questions you might have.

How much will tuition fees be this year?


When do I have to apply by?

You can apply up 9 months after the start of the academic year, however to make sure you’re paid at the start of term:

  • apply by the 31st May 2014 if you are starting a course in 2014/15
  • apply by the 27th June 2014 if you are continuing a course in 2014/15

I'm going into my second or third year, do I need to apply again?

Yes. You must re-apply for student finance every year. However, it does get easier. Some of your details from previous years are kept on file to simplify the process.

Do I qualify for home fees?

To qualify for home fees, you must:

A) Be settled in the UK when your course begins.


Bi) Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK, Islands or EU for the three years prior to the start of your course.


Bii) Have exercised 'right of residence' within the EU or been given 'right of permanent residence' within the UK if you're not a national of either area.

I don't know where I'm studying/living yet. Can I apply?

You can apply if you're not sure where you're going to be studying or living, yes. You can fill in information relating to where you expect to be living or hope to be studying, and if you end up intending to live or study somewhere different at a later date, you can use a 'change of circumstances' form.

'I've been a student before; will I qualify for the financial help I need?

Student finance entitlement is calculated as follows:

(Length of Current Course + 1) – Years of Finance Already Taken

This means that if you studied a year of one course before moving on to a new course lasting three years, you would be funded fully for the new course.

If your calculations show that you won't receive funding for every year of your new course, please bear in mind that you'll have to fund the earlier year(s) yourself – funding will be given again for the later year(s) of your course.

How can I find out how much I'll be entitled to?

Though you can't calculate your entitlement with 100% accuracy, the following Student Finance Calculator will give you a general estimate of what you can expect to receive:

Student Finance Calculator

I filled in my form, but my entitlement expectations don't include the grant, and I applied for income-assessed finance. Should I worry?

Don't worry, no. Your full entitlement can't be calculated until your parents have sent off proof of their income, and their financial situation has been reviewed. Expect information in the post regarding this in future.