Apply for student finance for 2020/21

Student Finance England (SFE)

New full-time students

Apply online for your student finance

Students starting a course in September 2020 can apply now

  • Please make sure you complete a 2020/21 application.
  • Please provide full and complete information on your application, including details of any previous study you have undertaken at Higher Education Level in any country. If you do not provide complete information, you could have your funding withdrawn.

If you have any queries about which form you should complete, please email

  • we are encouraging all students to apply as soon as possible to ensure your finances are in place for the new academic year
  • the later students apply for their finance, the more likely it is that you may not get all the funding they are entitled to when the first term starts
  • the quickest and easiest way for students to apply is through their online account at the SFE online application pages
  • if new students are not yet sure of the course they will be doing, they should still apply for finance using the details of the course they are most likely to attend, and if this changes, they can update their finance application
  • students should apply as early as they can and send any evidence that we request to support their application as soon as possible
  • they'll need their National Insurance number and in-date UK passport details, as well as their bank account details

If you are unable to find your course when you apply, please email with you UCAS ID.

Part-time students

Part time students can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance.

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2020 you may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan. You must be studying on a course which leads to a level 6 qualification. How much you get will depend on:

  • Where you live while studying
  • Your household income
  • Your course intensity

The loan is paid directly into your bank account two weeks after the start of term.

Applications for courses starting in September 2020 are now open.

Further information about student finance and loans.

Distance Learning students

Distance Learning students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan.

Students studying full time on a distance learning course due to a disability may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan.

Further information about student finance and loans.

Need to change your student finance application?

If you have already applied for student finance and you need to change your application, you may be able to do so online, by logging into your student finance account. What you are able to change will depend on what stage your application is at.

You will also need to notify us of any changes to your course, by emailing

If needed we will inform Student Finance of the changes.

Online security

Be careful with your personal details online. Students are often targeted with phishing emails around student finance payment dates.

  • The Student Loans Company (SLC) will never ask you to update your bank details by email.
  • SLC will never ask you to verify your student account details by email.
  • Ignore SLC branded messages that tell you to 'validate your account' or provide any personal, security or banking details.

Any questions?

Contact Ask Hutton for more advice on fees and funding.

Phone: +44 (0)1707 284800