Students apply for student finance every year of their course.
You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply.
New and continuing students starting in 2024 are expected to be able to apply from March 2024 with a deadline of 31 May 2024 to ensure funding is in place for the start of the academic year.
You can still apply after this date, but your funding assessment may not be ready in time for the start of term in September.
Applications take between 6-8 weeks to be assessed by student finance, we recommend all students make their applications as soon as possible in order to have all funding in place by the start of term.
There are different arrangements in place for applying for support, depending on where you normally live:
If you normally live in England:
All students in 2024-25 should apply online through Student Finance England. Applications are available online on the UK Government's student finance forms webpage from March 2024 onwards. The contact number for Student Finance England is 0300 100 0607.
If you normally live in Wales:
New and continuing students can apply online at the Student Finance Wales website. Students can create an online account and apply online from April 2024 onwards for September 2024 entry. Visit Student Finance Wales 'how and when to apply' webpage for further information.
If you normally live in Scotland:
The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will be accepting online applications for student support from around April 2024. You should contact SAAS for information about arrangements in Scotland. SAAS can be contacted on 0300 555 0505, or you can visit their website.
If you normally live in Northern Ireland:
Students should apply online via Student Finance Northern Ireland. The website will be updated when they open applications for 24/25 entry. You can find further information on the Student Finance Northern Ireland Tuition Fee Loan webpage.
Other EU nationals:
If you are an EU national or the family member of an EU national, you can get information about the financial support arrangements while you are studying at college in England from the Student Finance Services Non-UK Team. The team can be contacted at (+44) (0) 141 243 3570.