Student financial support is available to most full-time undergraduate/postgraduate UK students, and to EU and some part-time undergraduate students.
The Student Loans Company (SLC) is responsible for paying tuition fee loans directly to the university, and for paying most of the financial support to which you are entitled directly into your bank account. This support may be a Maintenance Grant, other grants, a Maintenance Loan, or a DMU bursary or scholarship.
What is a Tuition Fee / Student Loan?
The Tuition Fee Loan, also known as a student loan, is what many students chose to apply for to help them cover the cost of going to university. It is non-income assessed and it is there to help many students in the UK, whether they are studying full or part-time, who would otherwise struggle with tuition fees. Any full or part-time students from the UK and EU can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.
Tuition Fee Loan
Your university or college sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to them.
|Full-time student||2017 to 2018 academic year||2018 to 2019 academic year|
|Full-time||Up to £9,250||Up to £9,250|
|Full-time at a private university or college||Up to £6,165||Up to £6,165|
When will I get my student maintenance loan? How much will I receive? How do I pay it back and how much interest will I owe when I graduate?
What is a maintenance loan?
A maintenance loan means you will receive funding for your day to day expenses directly into your bank account. This money will have to be paid back, but only after you start earning £25,000 and if you lose your job or fall on hard times then your payments will stop.
In other words, a student maintenance loan is a sum of money for living costs. This money arrives in the form of a loan and is available to all students eligible for Student Finance England. The amount distributed per student will depend on where and when the applicant studies.
How much maintenance loan will I get?
Short answer – it depends on your living arrangements and household income.
The maximum maintenance loan available is £11,800 per annum but this is only applicable if you are living in London away from family home.
The average student will be given around £3,000 per term…which when factoring rent and living costs isn’t that much.
When is the maintenance loan paid?
Student Maintenance loans payments are released in three installments. You should receive your maintenance loan at the start of each term. Typically this means you will receive funds in:
- September (if you are starting a new term)
What is additional maintenance loan?
Make sure to not confuse additional maintenance loan with extra student maintenance. The two terms sound similar but have two different meanings:
Additional Maintenance Loan
You can often (but not always) get an additional maintenance loan if your course is longer than the regular 30 weeks. This will really depend on the course you are doing and is taken on a case by case basis.
Extra Student Maintenance
You can receive extra student maintenance if you fall under one of the groups below:
- Single parents with a child under 20
- A married couple both in education with a child under 20
- Have a disability
- Qualify for housing benefit
- Have been incapable of working for 28 weeks
- Have been certified as being ill or had a caring responsibility
- More info can be found on the SFE website
What does my maintenance loan cover?
Once you receive your maintenance loan you should immediately work out a realistic budget. It will need to cover the following:
- Rent (if you are living away from home)/Bills /Food / Transport costs / Social events… be careful not to overspend here / Household goods (soap, washing up liquid,..) / Books
Childcare Grant & Parents’ Learning Allowance
You can receive a Childcare Grant (CCG) towards the cost of your childcare if you have children in registered and approved childcare.
In academic year 2017/18 and 2018/19 you can receive up to 85% of your childcare costs up to a maximum of:
£161.50 a week for one child; or
£274.55 a week for two or more children.
You won’t qualify for this grant if either you or your partner claim the childcare element of Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Tax-free Childcare from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or NHS funded childcare grants.
How repayments are calculated
How much you will repay
Your employer will take repayments from your salary during any pay period where your earnings before tax are over the weekly or monthly threshold.
By pay period, we mean each time you receive your salary. This could be every:
- Four weeks
- Calendar month
How to work out your monthly repayment amount
- Take away £25,000 from your annual salary before tax
- Work out 9% of the remainder
- Divide that figure by 12
- Round down to the nearest pound
Example repayment amounts
|Annual income before tax||Monthly salary||Monthly repayment|
|Up to £25,000||£2,083||£0|
It can take up to six weeks to process student finance applications. Make sure you apply early – even if you have a conditional offer – as you can amend or cancel your application if your plans change.