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Student finance and funding

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Please note the below information applies to universities in England only.


There are two main costs for higher education study - tuition fees and living costs.

Tuition fees: universities and colleges charge tuitition fees. Students do not need to pay these fees up front. Loans are available to cover the cost of tuition.

Living costs: these costs vary from student to student and cover expenses such as accommodation, food, travel, books etc.  Students can apply for maintenance loans to help cover these costs.

How and when to apply for loans


Other types of funding

Grants: money that students do not have to pay back

Some students may be eligible to apply for grants:

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) 
Students with children / dependents 

Individual institutions may also have their own bursaries or scholarships that students can apply for. 


Loans have to be payed back.

Repayment guide

More information

Student Loans Company - practitioners resources
Quick guide for your students
Student Finance application