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Financial support for new students in 2016/17


The information in this section relates to academic year 2016/17 – courses starting 1 August 2016.

Information about the financial support available in academic year 2017/18 is also available.

Types of student finance available

Tuition Fee Loan

Key facts

  • You can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover all or part of your tuition fees
  • You need to pay it back after you have finished your course
  • You will be charged interest on any amount you borrow
  • The money is paid directly to your university or college, not to you

How much can you get?

Universities and colleges in Northern Ireland can charge up to £4,030 for tuition fees in academic year 2016/17. You can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full amount of tuition fees your university or college is charging you, up to a maximum of £4,030.

Universities and colleges in England, Scotland and Wales can charge up to £9,250 for tuition fees in academic year 2016/17.
If you’re studying in one of these countries, you can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full amount of tuition fees your university or college is charging you, up to a maximum of £9,250.

The amount you are charged may vary depending on the course or the university or college you choose to attend. Contact the university or college directly for more information.

Leaving your course during the year

If you leave your course during the year you will pay back the following amount of the Tuition Fee Loan.

When you leave Tuition Fee Loan you have to repay
Before you register for the course Nothing
Before the end of term 1 25%
Before the end of term 2 50%
Before the end of term 3 100%

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Maintenance Loan

Key facts

  • The Maintenance Loan is to help with your living costs
  • You need to pay it back after you have finished your course
  • You will be charged interest on any amount you borrow

How much can you get?

The amount you can get depends on where you’ll be living during term-time. It is also affected by your income and that of your parents or partner.

Your living arrangements during term-time Maximum Maintenance Loan available
Living with your parents £3,750
Living in your own home and studying in London £6,780
Living in your own home and studying outside London £4,840
Studying overseas £5,770

If your course is longer than 30 term-time weeks (plus short holidays) you can get an extra amount of loan to help with your living costs

Your living arrangements during term-time Extra loan (per week)
Living with your parents £55
Living in your own home and studying in London £108
Living in your own home and studying outside London £84
Studying overseas £117

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Maintenance Grant and Special Support Grant

Key facts

  • These grants are to help with your living costs
  • You do not need to pay them back
  • You can get either the Maintenance Grant or the Special Support Grant, not both

Which can you get?

If your household income is £41,065 or less and you are also eligible for Income Support or certain other means-tested benefits such as Housing Benefit, you may be able to get the Special Support Grant.

If you are not eligible to receive any means-tested benefits, but your household income is still £41,065 or less, you may be able to get the Maintenance Grant instead.

How much can you get?

The amount you can get depends on your income and that of your parents or partner.

Total annual household income Amount available
£19,203 or less Full grant, £3,475
Between £19,204 and £41,065 Partial grant
Over £41,065 No grant

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Bursaries from universities and colleges

Some universities and colleges offer bursaries depending on your household's income, the course you study or the tuition fee you are charged.

Contact your university or college to find out more about the bursaries they offer.

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Extra help for students with particular circumstances

Students with children or adult dependants

There are extra grants available if you have children or if you have any adults who depend on you financially. You would not have to pay any of these back.

Students with disabilities

If you have a physical or mental disability, or a specific learning difficultly such as dyslexia, there are grants available to help you meet the extra costs of study you might face. You would not have to pay any of these back.

Other sources of extra help

There are some other grants and extra help available. More information about them can be found here:

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Studying in the Republic of Ireland?

If you started your course on or after 1st September 2013 you can get a repayable Student Contribution Loan to cover this cost, for academic year 2016/17 this is €3000. You’ll receive an additional financial notification telling you of your entitlement to the Student Contribution Loan after you apply for academic year 2016/17. This is paid directly to your university or college after you register on your course.

The Student Contribution Loan is non-means tested and is repayable.

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