Students in England and Wales
The student loans for residents of England and Wales aren’t based on household income or your age, although there are some important conditions you have to meet:
- You must be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (i.e. you have indefinite leave to remain and therefore there are no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK); and
- you must normally live in England or Wales; and
- you must have been living in the UK for 3 years before starting your course.
Generally, you’ll only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. However, you may still get it if you change course, you leave your course but decide to start again, you’re ‘topping up’ a higher education qualification, e.g. you’ve finished an HNC, HND or foundation degree and now want to do an honours degree.
Not sure whether you qualify? Complete our student finance eligibility checker to find out.
If you’re a resident of England, find out more on Student Finance England (SFE).
If you’re a resident of Wales, find out more on Student Finance Wales (SFW).
Students in Northern Ireland
Residents of Northern Ireland are not eligible for a part-time loan but may be eligible for grant funding. Apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI).
Students in Scotland
Residents of Scotland cannot claim funding for our courses.
You may be eligible for help towards the cost of your tuition fees if:
- you are an EU national or a family member of an EU national
- you have been living within the European Economy Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the start of your course
- your main reason for being in the EEA or Switzerland is not to receive full time education