Student Finance 2020/2021

Are you thinking about going to university this year?

The undergraduate student finance deadline has passed - What happens now?

The deadline for applying for full-time undergraduate student finance for new and continuing students has passed. However, this deadline is only a guideline for getting money in time for the start of term. Students can still apply for student finance and they should do so as soon as possible.

There are two main consequences of applying late: 

  1. Students may not get their money in time for the start of term.
  2. The initial student finance students receive may not be based on their household income, meaning they’ll get the minimum amount of funding (they’ll get the rest of their money later if they’re eligible for more).

Applications can take up to 6 weeks to be processed. The quicker students apply, the sooner they’ll get their money when their course starts. It is quick and easy to apply online. 

Students in England should apply at:

There are a lot of uncertainties for students at the moment, but prospective students should still apply for student finance. Students can change their application online if they change their mind about going back to study or where they’ll be studying.

Visit Student Finance England social media channels for useful information for students who’ve applied late.

Student Finance England Facebook
Student Finance England Twitter

There are a few things you’ll need to have ready before you fill out your application and it’s easy to apply online – it only takes around 30 minutes to an hour - if there is a problem, try again at a less busy time of day.

You’ll need:

  • In-date UK passport details
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Bank account details

Please note:

With immediate effect UK Nationals who do not have a valid UK passport are only required to provide their original UK Birth Certificate:

Identity will be confirmed via receipt of original birth certificate alone.  This means that customers do not have to provide an Applicant Declaration of Identity Form (ADIF) for AY 2020/21.

Please note this only applies for AY 2020/21.

Student Finance - how much will I get?

Find out what kind of support is available from Student Finance England.

There are two main types of student finance: Maintenance Loan for your living costs and Tuition Fee Loan for your course fees.

You can apply for up to £9,250 to pay for tuition fees.

Student Finance England will work out your Maintenance Loan by checking:

  • Your household income
  • Where you’re studying
  • If you live at home or not

You can also apply for additional grants and bursaries.

Student Finance - when and how to apply

Find out when and how to apply for student finance to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course.

Applications are expected to open at the end of February.

The easiest way to apply is online.

You can apply before your place at university is confirmed.

Student Finance - can I get it?

Find out who might be eligible to get a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England.

Migrant workers - change in how maintenance support is awarded.

Students who gain EU/EEA Migrant Worker status part way through an academic year will get maintenance support from the term after they started employment, not from the date employment began. This change is effective immediately.

The Migrant Worker team will review each situation where a student’s eligibility ends but then recommences in the same term. They will determine on a case by case basis if maintenance support can continue.

EU nationals - after 31 January 2020

As long as they meet the existing residency requirements, EU nationals and their family members starting or continuing a course in England or Wales will remain eligible for financial support from Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales. 

This applies for the duration of their course and will be the case even if the course ends after the UK has left the EU.


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