Applying for Student Finance

Most elements of the student finance application can be applied for as part of the same application. If you wish to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances or the Childcare Grant you will be required to complete and submit separate applications forms for these elements of funding.

Students who wish to apply for student finance should apply to the assessment authority where they usually live. Each assessment authority has it's own application cycle with differing dates of when you can start applying for finance and also the deadline by which you should have submitted an application. For most assessment authorities applications can be made up to 9 months from the start of the academic year (up until the end of May) but if you apply to SAAS for your funding you only have up to 6 months from the start of an academic year to submit an application.

You must complete and submit a student finance application for each year of your course. However, students from England and Northern Ireland who are in receipt of non-income assessed funding should find that their assessment authority automatically rolls over their details to the next academic year. If circumstances have not changed the only thing you'll need to do is sign and return your declaration form.

Student Finance England
Student Finance Wales
Student Finance Northern Ireland
Student Awards Agency for Scotland


The Student Loans Company will usually pay maintenance (living cost) funding in to your specified bank account in three instalments at the start of each term. If you open a new bank account or would like the payments made to a different account you should contact your assessment authority to update your details. In order to receive your first instalment of maintenance funding you must have signed and returned your declaration form and also have completed your registration (new students must have had a smart card issued and returning students must have swiped their smart card at one of the scanning stations on campus).

Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the University.