Find out what you can get

Help with tuition fees

Tuition Fee Loan
What is it for? To help with tuition fees.
How much can i get?
If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, your university or
college can charge you up to £9,000 a year for tuition fees.
If you started your course before 1 September 2012, your university or college
can charge you up to £3,465 a year for tuition fees.
Do I have to pay it back?
Yes.
If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, you don’t start
repaying your loan until you’ve left your course and your income is over
£1,750 a month, £404 a week or £21,000 a year.
If you started your course before 1 September 2012, you don’t start repaying
your loan until you’ve left your course and your income is over £1,316 a
month, £303 a week or £15,795 a year.
Anything else? You should check with your university or college to see how much they charge.
If you apply for a Tuition Fee Loan, it will be paid direct to your university or
college in three instalments across the academic year.
You’ll have to repay any percentage of your Tuition Fee Loan that we’ve paid to your university or
college from the first day of term, even if you leave or suspend your course.
When payment is made to your university or college
How much of your Tuition Fee Loan is
paid to your university or college?
At the start of term 1 25% of the tuition fee
At the start of term 2 25% of the tuition fee
At the start of term 3 50% of the tuition fee

Changing university or college
If you transfer to a new university or college before the start of term 1, your full Tuition Fee Loan will be
paid to your new university or college.
If you transfer to a new university or college during term 1, your new university will get 75% of your
Tuition Fee Loan. The first 25% will be paid to the university or college you transferred from. If the tuition
fee at your new university or college is higher, we’ll only pay them 75% of the new tuition fee.
Transferring to a new university or college during term 2 will mean your previous university or college
can only get 50% of your Tuition Fee Loan. The other 50% will be paid to your new university or college.
If you transfer during term 3, we won’t pay any Tuition Fee Loan to your new university or college.
Your previous university or college will get the full Tuition Fee Loan.

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Help with living costs

Maintenance Loan
What is it for?

To help with your living costs (for example, food, books, travel and other expenses) while you’re studying.
How much can I get?
How much Maintenance Loan you can get depends on your household income and where you live and study, as well as when you started your course.

Students in their final year will get less Maintenance Loan. If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, the maximum loan rates are as follows.
Students living away from their parents and studying in London
Maximum £7,675
Students living away from their parents and studying elsewhere
Maximum £5,500
Students living with their parents (London and elsewhere)
Maximum £4,375
If you started your course between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2012, the maximum loan rates are as follows.
Students living away from their parents and studying in London
Maximum £6,928
Students living away from their parents and studying elsewhere
Maximum £4,950
Students living with their parents (London and elsewhere)
Maximum £3,838
If you started your course before September 2009, the maximum loan rates are as follows.
Students living away from their parents and studying in London
Maximum £6,643
Students living away from their parents and studying elsewhere
Maximum £4,745
Students living with their parents (London and elsewhere)
Maximum £3,673

Do I have to pay it back?
Yes.
If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, you don’t start repaying your loan until you’ve left your course and your income is over
£1,750 a month, £404 a week or £21,000 a year.
If you started your course before 1 September 2012, you don’t start repaying your loan until you’ve left your course and your income is over
£1,316 a month, £303 a week or £15,795 a year.
Anything else? If you get a Maintenance Grant, we’ll reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you can get.
We pay your Maintenance Loan straight into your bank account, usually in three instalments, one at the start of each term.
You must be aged under 60 at the start of your course to get a Maintenance Loan.

Maintenance Grant

What is it for? To help with your living costs (for example, food, books, travel and other expenses) while you’re studying.
How much can I get?
If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, the full grant available for 2013/2014 is £3,354.
If you started your course before 1 September 2012, the full grant available for 2013/14 is £3,080.

How much can The amount of Maintenance Grant you can get depends on your household i get?

income and when you started your course.
If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012 Household income
Up to £25,000 Full grant
£25,001 to £42,611 Partial grant
More than £42,611 No grant
If you started your course between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2012 Household income
Up to £25,000 Full grant
£25,001 to £50,706 Partial grant
More than £50,706 No grant
If you started your course between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 Household income
Up to £25,000 Full grant
£25,001 to £61,047 Partial grant
More than £61,047 No grant
If you started your course before 1 September 2008 Household income
Up to £18,360 Full grant
£18,361 to £39,571 Partial grant
More than £39,571 No grant
Do I have to pay  No, unless you leave your course early it back?
Anything else? We usually pay the Maintenance Grant in three instalments, one at the start of
each term, along with any Maintenance Loan.

Special Support Grant

The Special Support Grant replaces the Maintenance Grant for some students in certain circumstances.
What’s it for? To help with extra course-related costs such as books, equipment, travel, or childcare.
You may get a Special Support Grant if any of the following apply.
•  You are a lone (single) parent
•  You have a partner who’s also a student and one or both of you are
supporting a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level
•  You have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium
•  You are deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances
•  A doctor has confirmed that you have been unable to work for at least 28 weeks
•  You have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance
•  You are from abroad and are entitled to an Income Support Urgent Cases
Payment for up to six weeks because you’re temporarily without any money
•  You are waiting to go back to a course after taking agreed time off from that
course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended
•  You are aged 60 or over
How much can I get?
The amount of Special Support Grant you can get depends on your household income and when you started your course.
If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, the maximum grant available for 2013/2014 is £3,354.
If you started your course before 1 September 2012, the maximum grant available for 2013/2014 is £3,080.
Do I have to pay it back?
No, unless you leave your course early.
Anything else? If you can get a Special Support Grant, you won’t be able to get a
Maintenance Grant as well. However, it won’t affect the amount of Maintenance Loan you may get.
Jobcentre Plus and your local authority’s benefit section won’t take account
of the Special Support Grant when working out your entitlement to benefits.